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 Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time day - 3 years

Campus details

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

Key information

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01772 892400