University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Oral Surgery

Our programme provides the busy general dental practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a dentist with special interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner. The key areas of focus for this course: History taking and examination; patient records and confidentiality; consent and medico-legal aspects; surgical complications; anatomy for oral surgeons; bleeding disorders and anticoagulants; microbiology of oral infections; dental radiology; pharmacology and drug interactions; treatment planning; communication skills and patient psychology; medical complications; flap design; surgical removal of impacted teeth and roots; oral medicine and precancerous lesions; medical emergencies; resuscitation; orofacial infections and management; oral surgery for orthodontics; temporomandibular joint disorders - non-surgical management; surgical management and treatment of TMJ disorders; endodontic surgery; maxillary sinus and oroantral fistulae; diseases of bone and osteoporosis; salivary gland disease; dental anaesthesia / pain control; theatre instrumentation; health and safety issues in dental practice; cross infection control, sterilisation and patient safety.

Entry requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course must be: Qualified as a dental surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry; registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent); in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years; registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level; possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B); Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment. Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.

Course modules

Modules include: Clinical knowledge of oral surgery; clinical oral surgery; appraising the dental literature; enhanced clinical knowledge of oral surgery; enhanced clinical practice of oral surgery; evidence based dentistry; extended clinical practice module; dentistry professional project.

Assessment methods

Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases, objective structural clinical examinations (OSCEs), portfolios and essays.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time day September 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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