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This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery. Read more

Programme description

This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery.

The programme will give you theoretical and practical understanding of oral surgery and how it relates to other dental specialities.

The syllabus includes components of the core competencies for oral surgery training for the General Dental Council and Royal College of Surgeons of England guidelines:

extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
management of odontogenic and all other oral infections
management of impacted teeth
management of complications
peri-radicular surgery
dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of hard and soft tissues
management of benign salivary gland disease by intra-oral techniques and familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of other salivary gland diseases
insertion of osseointegrated dental implants including bone augmentation and soft tissue management
appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
management of adults and children as in-patients, including the medically at risk patient
management of dento-alveolar trauma and familiarity with the management and treatment of fractures of the jaws and facial skeleton
management of oro-facial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders
clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment
diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
control of cross-infection
medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

Programme structure

You will participate in lectures, seminars and a rehearsal of procedures in the clinical skills laboratory.

You will also undertake an integrated programme of theoretical, clinical and laboratory teaching.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by written examinations, case presentations, oral examination and the completion of a research project.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.

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This programme develops students’ knowledge and enhances clinical skills through hands-on clinical experience in oral surgery. Read more
This programme develops students’ knowledge and enhances clinical skills through hands-on clinical experience in oral surgery. Following a series of study days and clinical skills teaching, students will undertake a clinical attachment within the University of Bristol Dental Hospital where they will treat oral surgery patients under the supervision of hospital specialists.

Students will spend two days every month, for up to nine months, attending outpatient clinics and operating under close supervision in the oral surgery department of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol Dental Hospital.

Our programme has been specifically designed for experienced dental practitioners who want to develop their skills in providing clinical oral surgery for their patients in practice.

There will be a mixed delivery approach, including direct clinical supervision, small group teaching, clinical skills sessions (eg suture simulation), and self-directed learning using virtual learning environment material

The module titles are Surgical Skills 1, Surgical Skills 2 and Clinical Attachment. Assessment will be by written assignment, online MCQ, e-assessment, clinical competency work-based assessments and portfolio.

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This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students either from UK/EU or overseas countries. The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Read more
This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students either from UK/EU or overseas countries.

Degree information

The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Students attend teaching clinics, lectures, seminars, and carry out research leading to a project dissertation. There are supervised clinical and laboratory craft courses and the opportunity to observe at in-patient operating sessions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.

Year One consists of core modules to the value of (135 credits). Year Two consists of core modules (135 credits), dissertation (90 credits). Year three (Advanced Training only) is non credit bearing. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1
-Theory of Oral/ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 3
-Trauma and Correction of Facial Deformity
-Oral Oncology
-Clinical Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 4
-Clinical Science and Research Methods

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through clinical instruction on a one-to-one basis, theoretical instruction including seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Careers

The programme aims to offer education and training in oral surgery that will provide a solid foundation for progression towards higher surgical training and/or a research career in this field. Graduates who have recently completed the programme have returned to take up positions around the world as academics and clinicians in oral surgery.

Employability
Current students are planning, on completion of the programme, to sit the MOS (Membership in Oral Surgery) tri-collegiate examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme’s students benefit from the broad programme structure that includes operating sessions, outpatient clinics, lectures, demonstrations and seminars and the use of investigative techniques to illustrate the diagnosis and management of orofacial surgical disease

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Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery 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). Read more
Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery 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.

Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.

INDUSTRY LINKS

Completion of this programme of study provides 60 allowable credits towards the FGDP (UK) Career Pathway (Clinical); 30 allowable credits towards the Career Pathway (Other).

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinic training sessions and laboratory visits. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.

We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during the diploma programme.

Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs and essays.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery 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.

During the course (2 years PGDip; 3 years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Medicine and Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston Campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, videos of lectures and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pigs head sand similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though plenary lectures, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

We must of course have assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs, mini clinical examinations and essays.

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This full-time, two-year Master's programme offers an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery. Read more
This full-time, two-year Master's programme offers an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery.

Degree information

The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Students attend teaching clinics, lectures, seminars, and undertake research study leading to a dissertation. There are supervised clinical and laboratory craft courses and the opportunity to observe at in-patient operating sessions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.

Year One consists core modules (135 credits). Year Two consists of core modules (135 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1
-Theory of Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 3
-Trauma and Correction of Facial Deformity
-Oral Oncology
-Clinical Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 4
-Clinical Science & Research Methods

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through clinical instruction on a one-to-one basis, theoretical instruction including seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Careers

The programme aims to offer education and training in oral surgery that will provide a solid foundation for specialist practice and progression towards higher surgical training.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Dentist, Efstathios Savvoulidis Dentists
-Dentist, Smile Dental Care
-Dentist, Adriana Delak Private Dental Office and studying PhD Oral Maxillo Facial Surgey, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students benefit from the broad programme structure that includes operating sessions, outpatient clinics, lectures, demonstrations and seminars, and the use of investigative techniques to illustrate the diagnosis and management of orofacial surgical disease.

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This Master's degree focuses on surgical techniques carried out in the oral cavity. It equips students who complete the study programme with the necessary skills for them to specialise as an oral surgeon. Read more
This Master's degree focuses on surgical techniques carried out in the oral cavity. It equips students who complete the study programme with the necessary skills for them to specialise as an oral surgeon. These techniques are necessary and indipensible for professionals who would like to focus their activity on oral surgery.

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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 full-time, one-year Master’s programme is designed to provide an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery. Read more
This full-time, one-year Master’s programme is designed to provide an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery.

Degree information

The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Students attend teaching clinics, lectures, seminars, and carry out research leading to a project dissertation. There are supervised clinical and laboratory craft modules and the opportunity to observe at inpatient operating sessions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1
-Theory of Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
-Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2
-Clinical Science & Research Methods

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via supervised clinical teaching on a one-to-one basis and theoretical instruction including seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Careers

One of the programme's aims is to contribute to the development of oral and maxillofacial surgery in other countries especially where healthcare challenges are different from the United Kingdom, recognising that trainees may have to contend with a higher prevalence of untreated disease, limited financial and technical resources, and potentially limited expertise and support for the speciality.

Employability
On completion of their studies, some graduates undertake senior house officer posts in UK teaching hospitals and take the opportunity to progress through specialist training posts to become NHS Hospital Consultants. Overseas graduates may return to their home country to continue their specialist training. Some graduates go into NHS or private dental practice whilst others pursue medical training or further research, teaching and academic careers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The students benefit from the broad programme structure that includes operating sessions, outpatient clinics, lectures, demonstrations, practical clinical skills, seminars and the use of investigative techniques to illustrate the diagnosis and management of orofacial surgical disease.

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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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This is a one-year, full-time degree programme aimed at qualified dental clinicians looking to develop competency in clinical oral medicine, clinical and diagnostic oral pathology, and laboratory medicine. Read more
This is a one-year, full-time degree programme aimed at qualified dental clinicians looking to develop competency in clinical oral medicine, clinical and diagnostic oral pathology, and laboratory medicine. This programme takes a holistic approach and presents a unique opportunity for integrated clinical and laboratory teaching within these linked dental specialities.

The programme focuses on the recognition, investigation, diagnosis and management of patients presenting with common oral and maxillofacial diseases and will provide a sound grounding in the fundamental principles of UK specialist practice. It also considers and incorporates the basic principles of research that are relevant to clinical and modern translational practice.

Contemporary educational methods will be used to determine and monitor knowledge base, as well as using workplace-based assessments for clinical competency. Students will be supervised by clinical, laboratory and academic staff within an established and integrated specialist clinical training and educational environment. There will be continuous verbal feedback and support to help develop skills for individual reflection and self-assessment. Students will undertake one of the following: a relevant laboratory-based research, clinical service review or literature or data analysis project leading to the submission of a dissertation.

After completing an initial mandatory basic unit, there is the option of focusing on just one of the two specialties. Anyone opting for this route will be awarded either an MSc Oral Medicine or MSc Oral Pathology.

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The programme provides postgraduate education for doctors specialising in surgical gastroenterology and is delivered in collaboration with South Tees NHS Foundation Trust. Read more
The programme provides postgraduate education for doctors specialising in surgical gastroenterology and is delivered in collaboration with South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.

Course details

During the programme you study the underpinning principles of evidence-based surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery. you will focus on developing your clinical knowledge and understanding of surgical gastroenterology practice and the research skills necessary to be an evidence-based practitioner able to undertake clinical research. The programme enables you to:
-Further develop an understanding of the principles and clinical concepts underpinning practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
-Further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to perform evidence-based practice and research within the specialist field of surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery
-Foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an inquisitive approach to clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery that will enable you to acquire skills to practice safely and enhance your practice

We have used a flexible approach to course delivery. For the majority of modules you can choose to attend taught sessions or study by distance learning.

What you study

In Year 1 you study a number of modules which develop your understanding of the principles underpinning clinical practice in surgical gastroenterology and minimally invasive surgery - these develop your skills in evidence-based practice, research methods and statistics.

In Year 2 you undertake a dissertation which includes developing a research paper for publication as well as the research project, OR a dissertation plus an option module.

Year 1 core modules
-Designing Research Projects
-Evidence-based Practice
-Practical Statistics
-Surgical Gastroenterology and Minimal Access Surgery

Year 2 core modules
-Dissertation
-Dissertation and Research Paper

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

We use a range of learning and teaching methods. For most modules you can choose to attend classes or study by distance learning. Our taught classes use key lectures, group discussions, case-based discussions, practical activities, clinical simulation work and computer lab sessions. All distance learning is supported through the virtual learning environment where learning materials are available in a variety of forms including written materials, narrated PowerPoint presentations, interactive materials and electronic discussion forums. You receive supervision and support from your personal tutor, programme leader, module leaders, academic supervisors and clinical advisers. You are also expected to undertake some self-study to support your learning.

We use a range of assessment methods throughout including formative assessment, written reports, statistical analysis, written and oral exams and a research project.

Employability

You improve your career prospects by developing your specialist knowledge in surgical gastroenterology to postgraduate level and enhancing your research and evidence-based practice skills.

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Enhance your critical thinking and build on your existing clinical skills. This advanced course will give you a theoretical scientific basis for oral implantology. Read more
Enhance your critical thinking and build on your existing clinical skills. This advanced course will give you a theoretical scientific basis for oral implantology. The course is only run on a part-time basis.

Careers

Graduates practise dental implantology in hospitals and dental surgeries.

Core modules

Biology & Biomaterials for Oral Surgery (year 1); Surgical Techniques in Dental Implantology (year 1); Strategies for Treating Tooth Loss (year 1); Clinical Practice in Implant Dentistry (year 1 & 2); Research Project.

Teaching

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, independent study and group work.

Assessment

Continuous assessment, written assignments, presentations, case logbooks, dissertation based on a research project (MMedSci only).

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This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides specialist clinical training in Endodontics. Read more
This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides specialist clinical training in Endodontics.

The Professional Doctorate is a research qualification that contains Professional Skills Training. Students who successfully complete the DDSc programme in Endodontics will be awarded the DDSc (Endodontics) from the University of Liverpool and a MEndo from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of Edinburgh. Both Endodontics Specialist Curriculum and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh blueprints in Endodontics are embedded into the programme.

Honorary National Training Numbers leading to CCST may be available to suitable candidates with full GDC registration who satisfy the entry requirements to specialty clinical training in Endodontics as determined by the General Dental Council.

Why School of Dentistry?

Excellent facilities and equipment

A recent £6m investment programme's dramatically upgraded our teaching and research facilities, and created additional postgraduate places.

Here are some of the key features:-

New sedation and oral surgery suites
State-of-the-art training facilities
New tutorial rooms
Enhanced patient facilities
New research laboratories, closely integrated with clinical areas and featuring extensive, state-of-the-art equipment
A new Oral Health Suite with dedicated research facility within a clinical area of the hospital
Refurbished lecture theatres, multi-skills suites, teaching rooms and Student Common Room.
High quality school laboratories

Specialist dentistry

We accommodate many specialist dentistry interests through our partnership with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Together we've created state-of-the-art facilities for specialist dentistry research and education, including the management of clinical trials to a high level of clinical governance.

Wide range of programmes

Programmes in the School of Dentistry extend from short courses, aimed at updating the general dental practitioner, to full-time studentships leading to higher degrees, with a large variety of research based or professional training programmes in between. We also have a steadily expending menu of verifiable CPD courses for all members of the dental team.

Career prospects

Students studying this course normally follow careers in:

- Dental Practice as endodontist
- Hospital as Endodontist or consultant in Endodontics
- University as clinical academic

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This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides advanced clinical training Orthodontics. Read more
This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides advanced clinical training Orthodontics.

The Professional Doctorate is a research qualification that contains Professional Skills Training. This qualification is currently offered in Orthodontics, with the first annual intake enrolled in October 2008. In addition the Doctorate prepares candidates for the examinations of surgical Royal Colleges leading to the award of Membership in Orthodontics or further orthodontic qualifications. Applicants should already have passed the FDS/ MFDS examination or an equivalent. Funded specialist trainee appointments are competitively available to appropriately qualified candidates on this programme with application through the national recruitment process.

Why School of Dentistry?

Excellent facilities and equipment

A recent £6m investment programme's dramatically upgraded our teaching and research facilities, and created additional postgraduate places.

Here are some of the key features:-

New sedation and oral surgery suites
State-of-the-art training facilities
New tutorial rooms
Enhanced patient facilities
New research laboratories, closely integrated with clinical areas and featuring extensive, state-of-the-art equipment
A new Oral Health Suite with dedicated research facility within a clinical area of the hospital
Refurbished lecture theatres, multi-skills suites, teaching rooms and Student Common Room.
High quality school laboratories

Specialist dentistry

We accommodate many specialist dentistry interests through our partnership with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Together we've created state-of-the-art facilities for specialist dentistry research and education, including the management of clinical trials to a high level of clinical governance.

Wide range of programmes

Programmes in the School of Dentistry extend from short courses, aimed at updating the general dental practitioner, to full-time studentships leading to higher degrees, with a large variety of research based or professional training programmes in between. We also have a steadily expending menu of verifiable CPD courses for all members of the dental team.

Career prospects

Career Opportunities for DDSc Orthodontic graduates mainly consist of:

Specialist Orthodontic Practice - orthodontist
Hospital Orthodontist or Consultant
University – Clinical academic

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If you are a dental graduates who wants to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting, this programme is for you. Read more
If you are a dental graduates who wants to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting, this programme is for you. The programme can contribute the first two years of your clinical training and if you successfully complete an optional third year of training -which is available through competitive entry - this can lead to Membership in Paediatric Dentistry of The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and full active membership of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.

Programme outline
On this programme you will have extensive clinical, formal teaching and will complete a supervised research project. All the taught and clinical mod in the programme are core modules but you will have considerable choice in selecting a topic for research project.

The programme comprises 9 modules:

Module 1: Foundation Course

Module 2: Statistics, Ethics and Research Methods

Module 3: Basic Knowledge in Paediatric Dentistry includin the following:

Behaviour science/patient management, sedation and general anaesthesia Dental Traumatology
Prevention of Caries and Periodontal Disease
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Basic Orthodontics
Module 4: Advance Knowledge in Paediatric Dentistry I, including:

Consolidation of the Basic Knowledge
Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology
Children with special needs
Module 5: Advance Knowledge in Paediatric Dentistry II, including:

Paediatric medicine and surgery
Dental Anomalies
Multi-disciplinary treatment planning
Module 6: Basic Clinical Skills and case-mix

Module 7: Specific Clinical Skill

Module 8: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

Module 9: Research Project



You will undertake the care of child and adolescent patients to gain experience and prepare for your case presentations in your final examination. An important feature of the programme is that you will also participate in medical clinics held in the main hospital. You will also attend specialist clinics such as cleft lip and palate, and developmental disorders.

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