MSc (Clin) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Soft Tissue

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
Offered by Division of Dentistry
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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the clinical component of the programme, students will have acquired:

  • a knowledge of contemporary aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • appropriate practical and clinical skills relevant to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • competence and confidence in a variety of transferable skills relevant to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Successful students will also be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the range of oral and maxillofacial surgery;
  • demonstrate the appropriate knowledge and understanding to practice minor oral surgery in selected cases, communicating with both specialist and non-specialist colleagues;
  • undertake critical evaluation, problem solving and sound judgment for clinical problems;
  • appreciate the concept of multidisciplinary care of patients and teamwork;
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the issues involved in applying basic sciences to oral and maxillofacial practice.

Teaching and learning methods

The student is encouraged to take responsibility for his/her own learning. There is an emphasis on a self-directed learning approach and the application of newly acquired knowledge is encouraged. The individual learning needs of each student will be recognised. For example, the diversity of clinical options in the clinical component allows students to receive further training in areas in which they may perceive themselves to be deficient.

The type of teaching will vary from tutorials, small group seminars, self-directed learning, individual clinical and classroom tuition and close clinical supervision. On clinical sessions, students will work in a collaborative operator assistant team working environment in which patient care is enhanced.

Clinical exposure is provided by attendance at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery out-patient clinics, joint specialty clinics, out-patient operating lists under local anaesthesia and conscious sedation, day case and in-patient general anaesthetic operating lists. Clinical exposure to major surgery is likely to be limited to observation and assistance. Exposure to minor surgery is likely to be involvement as operator with assistance and principal operator. Clinical activity takes place at various Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust facilities. Full attendance at clinical sessions is important as patients may be booked for individual graduate students.

In addition, activities in the clinical component may be supplemented by participation in appropriate extra-mural clinical courses and attendance at seminars given by guest lecturers.

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

Scheduled activity hours
Work based learning 150
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen Petersen Unit coordinator

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