Entry requirements

Applicants admitted onto the course will meet the following requirements:

  • Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practice dentistry
  • Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent)
  • Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for a minimum of two years
  • Be registered with a Defence Union - possessing indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
  • Possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
  • Possess a current certificate of immunisation against communicable disease (Hepatitis B)
  • DBS: all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.

    Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), GDC Certificate and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.

Months of entry


Course content

This course has evolved from the successful three year MSc Oral Surgery programme and has been re-designed in response to student feedback. Now run over two years and with much of the academic delivery online, this course enables the busy dental practitioner to not only study much of the course material from home, but also provides the opportunity to treat patients under the direct clinical supervision of experienced consultants and specialists. As part of the changes, we have added four days of supervised clinical training, and moved much of the academic teaching to a modern, online delivery model.

This programme is delivered by experienced clinicians and educators. Successful completion of this two year programme leads to the award of an MSc Oral Surgery from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), a UK University well known as a provider of high quality clinical training and education.

Our MSc/PgDip Oral Surgery programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI).

This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pigs head sand similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS).

Course content:

  • History taking and examination
  • Patient records and confidentiality
  • Consent and medico-legal aspects
  • Surgical complications
  • Anatomy for oral surgeons
  • Bleeding disorders and anticoagulants
  • Microbiology of oral infections
  • Dental radiology
  • Pharmacology and drug interactions
  • Treatment planning
  • Communication skills and patient psychology
  • Medical complications
  • Flap design
  • Surgical removal of impacted teeth and roots
  • Oral medicine and precancerous lesions
  • Medical emergencies
  • Resuscitation
  • Orofacial infections and management
  • Oral surgery for orthodontics
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders - non-surgical management
  • Surgical management and treatment of TMJ disorders
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Maxillary sinus and oroantral fistulae
  • Diseases of bone and osteoporosis
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Dental anaesthesia / pain control
  • Theatre instrumentation
  • Health and safety issues in dental practice
  • Cross infection control, sterilisation and patient safety

Information for international students

Have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent). Competency may be demonstrated by qualification, accreditation of prior learning or separate University assessment. See our website for further information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892 400