MSc (Clin) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc in Clinical Dentistry
Duration
3 years FT
Entry requirements

We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' experience in general professional practice.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

4 places

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course overview

  • Study the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.
  • Undertake minor oral surgery carried out under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation and general anaesthesia.
  • Attend theatre to assist and observe major surgery, go on attachments at the Royal College of Surgeons, London and undertake work experience in some of the north-west's best hospitals.
  • Become eligible to sit the Royal College of Surgeons examinations for Membership in Oral Surgery (MOral Surg).
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK for dentistry and 8th for medicine (QS world University Rankings 2019).

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £47,000
    International students (per annum): £47,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a first class honours degree; 
  • have home or overseas fee status; 
  • are applying for full- or part-time study; 
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/dentistry/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' experience in general professional practice.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS test 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL test: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening 20; Writing 20; Reading 20 and Speaking 20)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Applicants must provide the following:

  • proof of two years' recent post-graduation clinical experience, this must no include your internship;
  • two academic references. Both must be on headed paper, and signed and dated and within the last 12 months;
  • copies (not originals) of degree certificates;
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English please provide official translations.) Note: If you hold a BDS from a UK university you need not provide a transcript of results, but you must provide a copy of the certificate;
  • personal statement;
  • full CV;
  • copies (not originals) of English Language certification if you are an EU/international applicant from a country not officially recognised as majority English-speaking.

Only applications with all required supporting documentation (above) will be processed. Conditional offers cannot be made for those that do not meet the minimum requirements for the course.

International students should upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application. Evidence of citizenship of an EU country will be required for those claiming home student status.

How your application is considered

We consider your academic transcripts, academic references, evidence of clinical skills and knowledge developed since graduation, and evidence of your interest in oral and maxillofacial surgery when assessing applications.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will be in contact at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health clearance from the University's Occupational Health Department will be a condition of any offer.

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 84KB) for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for those candidates residing in the UK. Overseas candidates are required to provide a Police Certificate of Good Conduct.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our three-year MSc (Clin) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course enables dentists to train in the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

All units are based on the speciality of oral surgery, but within the wider context of maxillofacial surgery. You will undertake minor oral surgery under supervision, carried out under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation and general anaesthesia. You will also attend theatre to assist and observe major surgery and attend consultation clinics, trauma clinics, ward rounds and carry out ward duties.

The clinical component of the course consists of units covering surgical basic sciences, reflective oral surgery practices, dental tissues, bone disease and injury, soft tissues, and salivary tissue, pain and the temporomandibular joint.

You will attend weekly interactive seminars led by senior staff and invited guest speakers. Some of these have actor patients present to allow you to rehearse your clinical skills.

If you study the full three-year MSc, you will also attend external teaching events such as residential blocks for basic science applied to surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

You will become eligible to sit the Royal College of Surgeons examinations for Membership in Oral Surgery on completion of this MSc course.

Aims

The course aims to:

  • provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake oral surgery in the context of wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery;
  • provide you with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and attitude to practice oral surgery in selected cases;
  • enable you to carry out critical evaluation, problem solving and use sound judgement for clinical problems;
  • give you the knowledge to criticalyl understand the issues involved in the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery;
  • ensure you are competent in the design and interpretation of original clinical research at the forefront of current dental research (including data collection and statistical analysis using appropriate computer software);
  • provide you with the knowledge and experience to plan, implement and complete a research project showing initiative and personal responsibility.

Coursework and assessment

  • Assessment is by essay and Single Best Answer papers (SBAs) throughout the course and related to the taught units.
  • You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and complete work based assessments (WBAs) throughout the courseundertake a clinical competency test. There is also an oral examination.
  • Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Biostatistics: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked assignments.
  • Clinical component: This is assessed by written examination and clinical examination in the form of an oral presentation.
  • Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

Course unit details

Research Methods Component (15 credits): The aim is to equip you with skills related to design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.

Biostatistics component (15 credits): This unit aims to equip you with skills in data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically related research.

Specialist Clinical Component: The aim of this component is to give you an understanding of the scientific basis of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients.

The Specialist Clinical Component encompasses the following:

  •  Core lectures to include:
    •  Medical emergency management
    • Cross infection control
    • Radiological protection
    • Clinical governance
  • Interactive seminars related to oral surgery
  • Pre-clinical skills course
  • Attend consultation clinics, theatre and minor oral surgery and IV sedation lists
  • Case reviews

Dissertation

Course content for year 1

Additional teaching and learning specific to the three year course:

  • Additional 3 clinical sessions per week (3 hours each)
  • Head and Neck Anatomy (3 days)
    • Royal College Surgeons of England (3 day residential)
    • ProfSusan Standring
    • Dr Barry Berkovitz
    • Mr Michael Monteiro
  • Further Head and Neck Anatomy, Applied Physiology and Clinical Pathology and Microbiology
    • Royal College Surgeons of England
    • Prof Susan Standring
    • Dr Barry Berkovitz
    • Mr Michael Monteiro
    • Dr Richard Byers
    • Prof Philip Hasleton
    • Dr Ray McMahon
    • Dr Emyr Benbow

Course content for year 2

  • Additional 3 clinical sessions per week (3 hours each)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course
    • Royal College of Surgeons (Residential and Distance Learning)
    • Emergency Skills, Ward and Peri-operative Management, Clinical Photography
    • Tutor, Mr Steve Langton
  • British Association of Oral Surgeons
    • Annual UK Scientific Conference (2 days residential)
  • Association of Dental Implantology (ADI)
    • UK Annual Meeting (2 days residential)

Course content for year 3

  • Additional 3 clinical sessions per week (3 hours each)
  • British Association of Oral Surgeons
    • Annual UK Scientific Conference (2 days residential)
  • Association of Dental Implantology (ADI)
    • UK Annual Meeting (2 days residential)
  • International Association of Dental Research
    • International Conference (4 days residential)
  • Examination Preparation Membership in Oral Surgery
    • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    • Invited faculty to Manchester

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
MSc Dissertation DENT60020 60 Mandatory
Surgical Basic Sciences & Patient Care DENT60961 15 Mandatory
Dental Tissues DENT60971 15 Mandatory
Bone: Disease and Injury DENT60992 15 Mandatory
Soft Tissue DENT61002 15 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Mandatory
Salivary Tissue, Pain TMJ DENT61012 15 Mandatory
Reflective Oral Surgery Practice DENT61252 15 Mandatory
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory
Understanding Academic Malpractice DENT77007 0 Mandatory

Facilities

You will have access to dedicated postgraduate suites. You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

CPD opportunities

Some selected seminars will provide you with CPD hours.

Careers

Career opportunities

MSc courses are designed for dental practitioners who wish to further their knowledge of surgery and are a useful foundation for specialist training in this field.

The three year course provides specialist oral surgery clinical training.

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