Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry

MSc Minor Oral Surgery

Develop your confidence and competence in minor oral surgery (MOS) with this highly practical MSc designed to enable working dental practitioners to study for a postgraduate degree. Led by a team of Oral Surgery Consultants and Specialists, the course delivers a large element of practical, simulated and clinical training, whilst also augmenting your theoretical knowledge and decision-making skills.

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This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • In addition to a core teaching team of consultants and specialists in oral surgery, you will benefit from the input of respected visiting clinicians and educators.
  • Develop your diagnosis, treatment planning, patient management and practical surgical techniques, all of which will be underpinned by rigorous appraisal of the evidence base giving you the skills to be critically effective and reflective in your own practice.
  • Each module at the certificate and diploma stages includes hands on consultant/specialist led supervision and clinical time to facilitate the demonstration, assimilation and practice of taught surgical techniques
  • Teaching includes small group seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning and practical hands on teaching and training in state of the art clinical facilities and simulated dental learning environments.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • To gain a postgraduate certificate (60 credits) you need to successfully complete both year one modules. 

    Adding the successful completion of the year two modules (60 credits) results in a postgraduate diploma (120 credits). 

    You can then opt to take the year three dissertation module (60 credits), successful completion of which will lead to the MSc award (180 credits).

    Core modules
    • MOS711 Foundations of Oral Surgery

      This module covers key concepts underpinning the delivery of minor oral surgery enabling learners to develop their understanding and knowledge of the subject area. The module covers the founding basic sciences, diagnosis, treatment planning, patient management and issues associated with consent, local anaesthetic and exodontia skills.

    • MOS712 Oral Surgery in Practice

      This module enables students to develop their skills and knowledge in minor oral surgery (MOS) as well as introducing the further concepts of surgical extractions and the management of surgical complications, management of the medically compromised patient, and provides an introduction to dentoalveolar trauma and oral mucosal disease diagnosis and management.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • MOS721 Enhanced Oral Surgery in Practice 1

      This module builds on existing knowledge and newly acquired skills to introduce more complex minor oral surgery treatment options including the diagnosis and management of facial pain, management of unerupted teeth, soft tissue surgery and the management options available for the anxious patient undergoing minor oral surgery (MOS).

    • MOS722 Enhanced Oral Surgery in Practice 2

      This module augments knowledge and newly acquired skills from previous modules and applies this knowledge and skill in more complex clinical situations. Further specialised procedures are introduced including periradicular surgery; implant placement and minor oral surgery related to orthodontic treatment. The module will develop the learner’s abilities in critical evidence appraisal and clinical question formulation in relation to research and project design.

  • Final year
  • The aim of the dissertation is to enable you to develop and demonstrate your ability to design, conduct, evaluate and write up a project on a topic that is of relevance to MOS. 

    The dissertation will enable you to demonstrate: clinical question formulation; evidence acquisition; evidence evaluation; evidence synthesis within a clinical context; clinical decision-making and critical reflection skills in relation to the management of a patient requiring MOS. In doing so, you will demonstrate self-direction, originality and an ability to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of project skills at an advanced professional level.

    Core modules
    • DIS732 Dental Programmes Dissertation

      This module is designed to enable students to produce a project dissertation under supervision, and to demonstrate: clinical question formulation; evidence acquisition; evidence evaluation; evidence synthesis within a clinical context; clinical decision-making and critical reflection skills.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MOS MSc Programme Spec 4644

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Graduates should be in practice in the UK/EU whilst undertaking the programme and hold GDC registration. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis subject to graduates fulfilling the above pre-requisites and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry English language requirements.

As a dental practitioner, you should also have full professional indemnity and normally at least two years of clinical experience (full time equivalent).
If you meet the above entry requirements you will be required to attend an interview.

If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language. The minimum acceptable English language requirement for postgraduate courses is IELTS 6.5 overall, in both cases with minimum 5.5 across all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Other acceptable tests and scores include PTE Academic: 61, with minimum 51 across all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing).

Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits.  To qualify for the award of a Masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at Plymouth University. If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.

Plymouth University is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).

The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Disability Assist.

Fees, costs and funding

Academic Stage P/T delivery Only Fee per 60 credits

Stage 1 (certificate)
£10,000
Stage 2 (Diploma) £10,000
Stage
3 (Dissertation)
£5,000
MSc – full cost £25,000

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

  • Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
  • Two references
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this course

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

For more information contact the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Plymouth University

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park
Plymouth
PL6 8BU

Tel: +44 1752 437333
Fax: +44 1752 517842
meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

Minor Oral Surgery options: study for one, two or three years part time – please contact admissions to discuss your study route requirements

  • u Postgraduate Certificate, one year 60 credits
  • u Postgraduate diploma, two years, 120 credits
  • u MSc, three years, 180 credits

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