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Develop your confidence and competence in minor oral surgery (MOS) with this highly practical MSc designed to enable working dental practitioners to study for a postgraduate degree. Led by a team of Oral Surgery Consultants and Specialists, the course delivers a large element of practical, simulated and clinical training, whilst also augmenting your theoretical knowledge and decision-making skills.

Key features

  • In addition to a core teaching team of consultants and specialists in oral surgery, you will benefit from the input of respected visiting clinicians and educators.
  • Develop your diagnosis, treatment planning, patient management and practical surgical techniques, all of which will be underpinned by rigorous appraisal of the evidence base giving you the skills to be critically effective and reflective in your own practice.
  • Each module at the certificate and diploma stages includes hands on consultant/specialist led supervision and clinical time to facilitate the demonstration, assimilation and practice of taught surgical techniques
  • Teaching includes small group seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning and practical hands on teaching and training in state of the art clinical facilities and simulated dental learning environments.

Course details

Year 1

  • To gain a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) you need to successfully complete both year one modules. 
  • Adding the successful completion of the year two modules (60 credits) results in a postgraduate diploma (120 credits). 
  • You can then opt to take the year three dissertation module (60 credits), successful completion of which will lead to the MSc award (180 credits).

Core modules

  • MOS711 Foundations of Oral Surgery
  • MOS712 Oral Surgery in Practice

Year 2

Core modules

  • MOS721 Enhanced Oral Surgery in Practice 1
  • MOS722 Enhanced Oral Surgery in Practice 2

Final year

  • The aim of the dissertation is to enable you to develop and demonstrate your ability to design, conduct, evaluate and write up a project on a topic that is of relevance to MOS. 
  • The dissertation will enable you to demonstrate: clinical question formulation; evidence acquisition; evidence evaluation; evidence synthesis within a clinical context; clinical decision-making and critical reflection skills in relation to the management of a patient requiring MOS. In doing so, you will demonstrate self-direction, originality and an ability to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level.

Core modules

  • DIS732 Dental Programmes Dissertation

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Programme SpecJan 2018 4644

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Minor Oral Surgery - MSc page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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