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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. Read more
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is 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. The three year course provides specialist oral surgery clinical training. 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 the following units:
-Surgical Basic Sciences (Basic surgical science, preoperative and postoperative care) and Patient Care (Assessing patients, medical aspects of patient care and control of pain and anxiety)
-Reflective Oral Surgery Practices
-Dental Tissues (Infections and inflammation of the teeth and jaws, removal of teeth and surgical implantology)
-Bone: Disease and Injury (Diseases of bone and the maxillary sinus, oral and maxillofacial injuries)
-Soft Tissues (Cysts, mucosal disease, premalignancy and malignancy)
-Salivary Tissue, Pain and TMJ (Salivary gland disease, facial pain and disorders of the temporomandibular joint)

You will attend weekly interactive seminars led by senior staff and some 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.

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

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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This course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at a postgraduate level. There are four separate units. Read more
This course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at a postgraduate level.

There are four separate units: Research Methods (15 credits); Biostatistics (15 credits); Specialist Clinical Component (90 credits); and, for MSc students, a dissertation (60 credits).

In the cases of the Research Methods and Biostatistics units, the aim is to enable you to become competent in the design, data collection, and simple analysis and interpretation of clinical research projects.

The aim of the Specialist Clinical 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 patients. The evidence base supporting clinical surgical practice is emphasised.

The Specialist Clinical Component permits observation of a wide range of surgery including facial trauma, implant and reconstructive, cancer and reconstructive, salivary gland and orthognathic surgery, as well as participation in dentoalveolar surgery.

The aim of the dissertation (for MSc students only) is to offer research training in identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project. The research project is in line with the research themes of control of pain and anxiety or surgical implantology or oral cancer and health services research.

Aims

The course aims to provide dental practitioners with the knowledge and skills to undertake minor oral surgery in the context of a wider knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.

The core text book for the course is provided. This book, Master Dentistry Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiology, Pathology and Oral Medicine (ISBN 0443061920), has been produced by Division of Dentistry staff: Coulthard, Horner, Sloan and Theaker.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by essay and SBA's throughout the course and related to the taught units. You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and undertake 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)

Career opportunities

The course prepares you for a future career in clinical practice, teaching or research.

Some graduates return to established surgical practice whilst for many this degree forms the first step in training and they go on to pursue specialist clinical training and appropriate clinical examinations.

Graduates may find their advanced knowledge a good foundation for surgical dentistry, oral surgery or oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. Some graduates proceed to undertake higher research degrees such as MPhil or PhD.

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Constant modernisation of global health services and continued emphasis on extending roles requires healthcare professionals to be flexible, competent practitioners. Read more
Constant modernisation of global health services and continued emphasis on extending roles requires healthcare professionals to be flexible, competent practitioners. They must be able to cope with change and use complex decision making skills whilst employing a broad knowledge base for clinical practice. This course has been designed for international nurses or allied health professionals who wish to study at an advanced level and respond to these changes.

The course aims to develop your professional and clinical knowledge, skills and attributes so that you can contribute to the contemporary health and social care challenges in your home country. The course has been developed to enhance your applied research skills in addition to your professional clinical knowledge and skills. Your enhanced knowledge and skills will enable you to understand and respond to the pathophysiological, psychological and social processes which underlie our patients, clients and communities experience of illness, health and disease.#

What does this programme offer?
This programme will facilitate your personal and professional development by providing opportunities to develop:

Enhanced clinical skills attractive to employers in a range of clinical environments and roles
Knowledge and skills to enhance your leadership qualities
Understanding of research activity and different methods of research applied to your area of specialisation or interest
Higher-level problem solving skills using critical analysis using appropriate forms of evidence or theory and reflection on practice
Your academic skills through broad Masters level education
Knowledge of contemporary global health challenges such as rising chronic illness
Networks with UK registered nurses, allied health professionals and academics to develop your knowledge of the NHS and UK health systems including primary (community) and acute care
What will I study?
In semester one you will study the programme’s core modules:

Physiology and Pathophysiology: developed to enhance the healthcare professional’s knowledge of the physiological and pathophysiological processes which, together with social and psychological phenomena, underlie health and disease.
Consultation Skills: focuses on communication and using a medical model for taking a clinical history. The consultation is a private and intimate interaction between and this module aims to challenge practice and highlight issues such as effective engagement and barriers to therapeutic communication.
Physical Examination and Diagnostics: designed to equip practitioners with skills including advanced access in general practice, community home visiting, minor illness surgeries, intermediate care and theory of undertaking minor surgery.
In semester two there is an opportunity to study from a wide menu of optional modules which can tailored to your individual interests or role in addition to the core research methodology module.

Optional modules include; renal nursing, epidemiology, introduction to health economics, leadership, quality, innovation and change, accountability in health and social care, ill adult management, diabetes, nutrition, promoting mental health, fundamental principles of risk management, holistic person-centred counselling skills.##

You will need to successfully complete your research dissertation module to be awarded your MSc.

# This programme does not provide UK professional registration with the NMC or HCPC; this can only be achieved through successful completion of an overseas nursing programme.

## Depending on module availability.

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You will study the core areas necessary for professional practice. the clinical sciences, health psychology, medicine, pharmacology, surgery, orthopaedics, research methods and clinical practice. Read more
You will study the core areas necessary for professional practice: the clinical sciences, health psychology, medicine, pharmacology, surgery, orthopaedics, research methods and clinical practice.

This intensive programme runs over 45 weeks per year, for two years. Your time on the course will be balanced between campus-based study and clinical practice.

The course begins in September. Formal lectures are an integral part of the curriculum and you also learn through seminars, student presentations and interactive workshops, some of which will be shared with students on the undergraduate program. You will be assessed through essays, exams, practical reports, presentations and your professional development portfolio.

As a podiatry student you will also share some teaching with students on physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy courses, allowing you to exchange knowledge and expertise with students from other disciplines.

Your practical placements will be mainly at our own Leaf hospital and the local NHS trusts. Day placements for students are arranged with clinics and hospitals across the south-east England and London. There is also an opportunity for self-funded placement at the University of Malta.

Syllabus

Modules

Year 1:

Foundations of Podiatric Practice
Clinical Placement 1 (shared with undergraduate students)
Dermatology, Local Anaesthetics and Surgery
Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Foot and Lower Limb
Clinical Sciences
Health Psychology and Professional Practice
Clinical placement 2 (NHS)

Year 2:

Experiencing Research
Medicine and Pharmacology Applied to the At-risk Foot
Consolidation for Professional Practice: Governance, Health and Social Contexts
Clinical Placement 3
Clinical Placement 4 (NHS)

Facilities

Leaf Hospital:

You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.

You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.

On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Careers and Employability

Our graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects, typically securing roles in advanced practice, clinical teaching, research, education and training, and a variety of positions in the NHS and private sector.

They are working in the UK and worldwide in Europe and Canada, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Singapore.

Podiatrists engage with patient care in a wide range of practices from independent work in the community or private practice to multidisciplinary work in a hospital setting. The scope of podiatry practice varies from general foot care (nail, callus, corns) to musculoskeletal care (for example, tendinopathy, provision of insoles, orthoses and footwear), minor surgery (for example, toenail removal) and wound care (for exampe, diabetic foot ulcers).

With further study and extensive training, graduates can train to become a podiatric surgeon, who is allowed to perform the surgical treatment of the foot and its associated structures.

Graduates of this course are also equipped for further study at MPhil and PhD level.

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