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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - MSc

Course Description

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

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.


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.

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.

Visit the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Saumya Bhatia

"UCL helped me find a good job in Delhi upon graduation as employers were aware of the university and its international standing, and it provided invaluable knowledge and expertise about the treatment options available for patients and how best to deliver them."


Entry Requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.

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