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Oral surgery offers a unique combination of clinical oral surgery training and highly transferable skills in education, auditing, service improvement and research. The course will improve your confidence and abilities in the management of more complex dentoalveolar surgery while also providing a range of skills which are highly relevant to modern clinical practice.

This full time course is open to Home/EU and non-EU applicants.

The course allows dentists working in primary or secondary care to confidently diagnose and manage dentoalveolar surgery. The range of non-clinical skills will also help you understand the processes of service improvement, clinical research and clinical education.

Course content

This course will improve your confidence and abilities in the management of dentoalveolar surgery while also providing a range of skills which are highly relevant to modern clinical practice.

The course allows dentists working in primary care in managing complex extractions and routine dentoalveolar surgery. The range of non-clinical skills will also help students understand the processes of clinical audit and education.

The course includes:

  • study across a number of clinical and scientific disciplines.
  • high quality and supervised clinical practice
  • innovative case-based learning
  • specialised small group teaching

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Modules total 180 credits of which 60 is from clinical content. Compulsory modules include:

Foundations of oral surgery (40 credits)

  • oral surgery lab based and clinical teaching
  • clinical problem solving
  • assessment and management of risk in oral surgery
  • medicolegal aspects of consent
  • management of problems and complications

Clinical audit (10 credits)

  • theory, relevance and practice of clinical auditing.

Clinical teaching and supervision (10 credits)

  • the role of clinical teacher, mentor, supervisor
  • different learning and teaching styles
  • clinical assessment and feedback

Research methods, ethics and statistics (30 credits)

  • deciding on a research question
  • ethical and legal considerations
  • study design and statistical analysis
  • service improvement in clinical practice
  • how is a clinical service judged?
  • planning a service improvement project
  • assessing success and impact
  • advanced oral surgery
  • clinical teaching in minor surgery and theatre settings.
  • complex dentoalveolar pathology
  • difficult diagnoses

Research project (40 credits)

  • you will undertake an independent research project on a subject on their choice.

You will also have the option to study one of the following specialised modules:

Translation in cancer research (15 credits) - This module focuses on the area of oral cancer biology and aims to give you an insight into both the basic biology underpinning tumourigenesis and how this knowledge can be applied in the field of oral cancer to understand and improve the outcomes for patients.

Translation in musculoskeletal research (15 credits) - Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or the musculoskeletal system. This module will provide an overview of current status of musculoskeletal diseases and related research in clinical orthopaedics, rheumatology and dentistry. From this model, you will gain knowledge on how to carry out translational research to solve the clinical problems in musculoskeletal disease.

Translation in oral systemic diseases (15 credits) - This module focuses on the rapidly expanding research interest in the associations between oral and systemic health. The aim is for you to gain an up to date and in depth view of the mechanisms linking oral and distant pathologies with relevance to translating research to the treatment of both oral and systemic human diseases

Learning and teaching

Enhanced clinical teaching will be delivered to you by subject experts at the Leeds Dental Institute. While studying with us you'll benefit from the combination of hands-on clinical skills teaching and clinical problem solving.


You will be assessed on your ability to apply your scientific and clinical knowledge, patient management and surgical skills.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadline: 30 April 2019

Late applications may be considered on an ad hoc basis.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

 If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


  • UK/EU: £24,000 (total)
  • International: £42,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

You must pay a £1,500 deposit when you accept your offer to secure your place on the course.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This unique course includes extensive clinical experience and assessment of skills and will support your clinical development to an advanced level.

These higher level skills will be invaluable to future employers in your home country and will allow you to upskill in core competences in dentistry.

Visit the Oral Surgery MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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