This programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to pursue a career in oral surgery, either in primary or secondary care services or in a university setting. It can contribute to the first two years of clinical training leading to the Membership examination of The Royal College of Surgeons.
By entering this programme you will embark on: extensive clinical training (60 per cent) formal teaching (25 per cent) and a supervised research project (15 per cent). All the taught and clinical modules in the programme are core modules. You will however have considerable choice when selecting a topic for your research project.
The full programme includes patient diagnosis and treatment planning, teeth and root extraction, surgical endodontics, management of dental trauma, implantology and pain management and anxiety control.
You will be assessed at the end of the first year through a written paper and a clinical viva voce examination. At the end of the second year there are two written papers, four case presentations (two seen and two unseen) and a treatment planning exercise. You will also take part in an oral assessment of your research report.
At the moment all three major components of the second year exams (written, clinical, research) are equally weighted.
During an optional additional third year, you will undertake, if eligible, the Royal College of Surgeons Membership examination. This entails case presentations, clinical diagnostic and treatment planning exercises.
Person specification for entry to postgraduate clinical dentistry programmes:
Primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent.
Primary dental qualification registerable with the General Dental Council in the UK;
MFDS, MJDF or FDS or equivalent;
Other postgraduate diplomas, degrees;
Other evidence of high academic achievement (eg Course grades, award of degree with honours or equivalent. Previous first degree BSc).
Two years full time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry.
Evidence of experience of practice of a broad range of general dentistry;
Completion of formal Vocational Training course, General Professional Training program, or equivalent such as hospital internship. Specific clinical experience in discipline/specialty to which they are applying.
English as first language
Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 ( no less than 6.5 in any part), TOEFL scores as follows : internet based 106, computer based 263, paper based 627 and must have been completed within the last two years.
You can also refer to the International Students section.
Clear commitment to pursuing postgraduate studies in the one specialty/discipline applied for.
Other equivalent tests will be considered on merit.
Ability to use a computer and familiar with common programs such as MS Office.