MSc/PGDip Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Dental Specialties) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Soft Tissue

Course unit fact file
Unit code DENT61002
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Soft Tissue' course unit is one of six (totalling 90 credits) that forms the 'clinical component' of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery programme.

Teaching methods in this component will include tutorials, seminars, clinical demonstrations, case presentations and clinical practice. Students are encouraged to attend relevant seminars in other clinical disciplines to gain a broad-based perspective to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Seminars will be planned and reading from the scientific literature on related subjects will be assigned; the aim being to expose the student to a wide range of topics in a short period. Students will be challenged to assess the available evidence and to determine the biological basis for acceptable and non-acceptable methods and techniques.

Instruction will be given in clinical and laboratory aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This instruction will take the form of demonstrations, shadowing of Consultant staff, seminars and practical laboratory and clinical exercises.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Surgical Basic Sciences & Patient Care DENT60961 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Dental Tissues DENT60971 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Bone: Disease and Injury DENT60992 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Salivary Tissue, Pain TMJ DENT61012 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Reflective Oral Surgery Practice DENT61252 Co-Requisite Compulsory


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a clinical discipline which involves diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of pathological conditions affecting the oro-facial region and associated structures.

The aims of the clinical component are to give the student an understanding of the scientific basis of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with particular emphasis on contemporary theories relevant to diagnosis and patient management, and the current status of the evidence base for clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written assignment (inc essay) 40%
Practical skills assessment 30%

The unit is assessed by:

  • Single Best Answer (30%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Work based assessments (30%)

The work based assessments component is an assessment of clinical performance on clinics. The relevant clinician will mark the level of involvement, procedure class and complexity of case. The student will complete one Clinical Examination (CEX), One case based discussion (CBD) and three directly observed procedures (DOPS) per module . an accumulated mark of these assessments will make up the final mark.

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided within the required timeframes.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen Petersen Unit coordinator

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