Taught course

Oral Medicine and Pathology

University of Bristol · Department of Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

BDS, or equivalent United Kingdom General Dental Council temporary registerable dental qualification. At least one year's relevant demonstrable postgraduate clinical experience. Candidates will be expected to obtain temporary registration with the General Dental Council and will be allocated an honorary clinical contract with University Hospital Bristol. Evidence of registration with the General Dental Council and adequate medico-legal indemnity insurance. All necessary immunisations as required by the General Dental Council (the University and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to check these during registration). Basic computer skills and access to a PC with internet connection.

Months of entry


Course content

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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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 117 3316824