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MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

University of Manchester

Course Description

Our one-year MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at postgraduate level.

This specialty is concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

The specialist clinical component of the course will 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 course will also emphasise the evidence base supporting clinical surgical practice.

You will observe a wide range of surgery, including facial trauma, implant and reconstructive, cancer and reconstructive, salivary gland and orthognathic surgery, as well as participating in dentoalveolar surgery.

The course also covers the design, data collection, and simple analysis and interpretation of clinical research projects, and culminates in the MSc dissertation. You will learn how to identify, formulate and implement a specific research project in line with the research themes of pain and anxiety control, surgical implantology, or oral cancer and health services research.

 

Our one-year MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course is designed for dentists who wish to advance their knowledge of this clinical specialty at postgraduate level. This specialty is concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases, injuries and defects affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. The specialist clinical component of the course will give you an...

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Course Content

The Specialist Clinical component consists of the following modules:

  • 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)

The MSc includes a research project and dissertation.

Dissertation

Examples of dissertations submitted include:

  • A systematic review of randomised controlled clinical trials comparing the adverse effects of articaine and lidocaine as local anaesthetic agents
  • A systematic review of the side effects of inhalation conscious sedation
  • Implant survival with different numbers of dental implants in the mandibular implant over denture: A retrospective cohort study
  • National use of conscious sedation in dentistry
  • Evaluation of pain in paediatric patients undergoing oral surgery

The Specialist Clinical component consists of the following modules: 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...

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Entry Requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' experience in general professional practice.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: test 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: test 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening 20; Writing 20; Reading 20 and Speaking 20)

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Academic entry qualification overview We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' experience in general professional practice. English language International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for...

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Assessment Methods

  • Assessment is by essay and Single Best Answer papers (SBAs) throughout the course and related to the taught units.
  • You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and complete work based assessments (WBAs) throughout the course.
  • 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.
  • Dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

Assessment is by essay and Single Best Answer papers (SBAs) throughout the course and related to the taught units. You will also maintain a clinical surgical logbook and complete work based assessments (WBAs) throughout the course. There is also an oral examination. Research Methods: Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor marked...

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