Taught course

Oral Surgery (MClinDent)

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

  • Applicants will be registered with an appropriate regulatory body and be a practicing dentist.
  • Applicants should have appropriate indemnity cover.
  • Comply with the local occupational health guidelines for clinicians practicing exposure prone procedures.
  • All suitable applicants will be interviewed.
  • IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Please note: This course is open to international students only.

This Master’s in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) is ideal if you’re a dental professional who’s looking to advance your skills in oral surgery. You’ll explore the clinical aspects of surgical treatment as well as patient examination, treatment planning, dealing with complications, and safe practice.

On this course you’ll undertake authentic clinical training and education, delivered both online and face-to-face, preparing you to provide safe and appropriate treatment as part of your clinical practice. The main focus is on patient management and the delivery of appropriate, evidence-based clinical care. There are supporting modules on critical appraisal, research strategies and clinical audit.

During this two-year course you’ll attend teaching sessions within the School of Dentistry on our Preston Campus. The early part of the course will consist of lectures together with practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility. You’ll then progress to working on live patients under close supervision in the University’s Dental Clinic. Here you’ll be supported to assess, undertake and ultimately lead in clinical treatment.

By the end of the course you’ll have acquired the advanced skills required of an oral surgeon. You’ll develop in-depth knowledge of everything from the microbiology of oral infections to dental radiology and imaging, soft tissue surgery and suturing, pharmacology, treatment planning, dealing with medical emergencies, craniofacial pain, instrumentation, surgical removal of impacted teeth and roots, the legal aspects involved in oral surgery, and much more.

Why study with us

  • This course is perfect for the busy dental practitioner. You’ll combine teaching and practical sessions on campus with a wealth of supporting materials which you’ll be able to access and study online.
  • The course benefits from small group sizes, meaning there’s an informal and supportive learning environment.
  • The University works in conjunction with governing dental bodies, ensuring that the curriculum facilitates the development of transferable skills, which you can apply to your clinical practice.

What you'll do

  • You’ll have access to our outstanding facilities, including our state-of-the-art phantom head facility for practising your skills.
  • You’ll plan and treat real patients in our University Dental Clinic, under the direct clinical supervision of experienced consultants and specialists.
  • You will enjoy a teaching faculty led by Dr Peter Dyer, who is a highly experienced Consultant in Maxillo-facial surgery.


As a student on this course you will have access to excellent online materials to guide and support your learning.

During this two-year course you’ll attend teaching sessions based within the University’s School of Dentistry. To support the course content, you’ll have access to excellent online materials to guide and support your learning. These will include lecture notes, videos of lectures and details of upcoming assignments, so you’ll be able to prepare yourself for your study days on campus as well as carrying out additional independent work from home.

Work during the early part of the course will consist of lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility, as well as work on pig’s head and similar training resources. As you move through the course, you’ll progress to working on real patients under close expert supervision at the University’s Dental Clinic.

Within the Dental Clinic you’ll develop your skills and be assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). At the same time you’ll engage in further learning through presentations, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small, leading to an informal and supportive learning environment.

Assessments which test your core knowledge and skills will take place throughout the course. These focus on your higher level skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering information. Typical assessments include analysis of clinical cases, presentations, unseen clinical case assessments, practical tests, written examinations and critical essays.


Postgraduate qualifications in dentistry are not regulated by the General Dental Council in the UK. For successful students who wish to continue on the specialist pathway there will be the possibility of a further years training in order to help prepare you to sit the Membership in Oral Surgery examination of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.


This is an ideal course for dentists looking to offer further oral surgery treatments within their practice or at a local referral centre.


This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

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

  • MClinDent
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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