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MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Key facts

Start date September 2019

Duration/mode 36 months part time

UK/EU fees To be confirmed

International fees To be confirmed

Additional cost information

Entry requirements

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill


This new course has been developed to supplement your clinical experience with the key knowledge components you’ll need to complete your Higher Surgical Training programme. While studying with us, you’ll complete a number of interval assessments designed to evaluate and document your progress within clinical training leading up to the Fellowship of the Royal College FRCS (OMFS) assessment.

This course covers the knowledge components of the early, intermediate and advanced years of higher surgical training and will supplement and enhance your current knowledge of Higher Surgical Training programme in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

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Course content

The credit requirements you'll need to achieve the Master of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery qualification consist of:

  • bimonthly regional teaching
  • independent learning and assessment
  • attendance of recognised ‘core courses’ and clinical experience obtained during specialty training years

This will be supplemented by a research and methodology module based around a research or service evaluation/clinical study with the possibility of a national/international presentation and peer-reviewed publication.

There will also be a component of leadership and management education, to prepare the trainee for clinical practice in the NHS as a senior speciality registrar or consultant.

You'll study the following compulsory modules:

  • oral and maxillofacial surgery I (20 credits)
  • clinical audit (10 credits)
  • dental radiology (10 credits)
  • advanced oral surgery (20 credits)
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery II (15 credits)
  • research methods, ethics and statistics (30 credits)
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery III (20 credits)
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery IV - research/educational leadership project (40 credits)

You'll also choose from one of the following optional modules:

  • systematic reviews of research (15 credits)
  • translation in cancer research (15 credits)
  • translation in oral systemic diseases (15 credits)

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Learning and teaching

While studying with us, you will complete modules and assessments through:

  • oral presentations
  • practice simulated examination stations (FRCS – OMFS standard)
  • written reports

You will also be assessed on your research/education/leadership projects (defense of thesis and written dissertation). Timely oral and written feedback will feed into the learning process, with students also keeping a of reflective diary of their studies. Peer and/or group assessment will add to the feedback especially in group-based sessions.

The course will utilise a wide range of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • demonstrations
  • group-based discussion,
  • collaboration (multidisciplinary where relevant)

Students will participate in:

  • teaching sessions (face to face and/or web based),
  • clinical exposure within an outpatient and inpatient setting (hands on simulated training)
  • group discussions
  • supervised research projects within the chosen areas of interest.


While studying, you will be assessed through a variety of methods including:

  • evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to this specialist area
  • drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study
  • evaluating and criticising received opinion
  • making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitation on judgements made in the absence of complete data

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

UK candidate requirements include:

  1. Possession of General Dental Council registrable undergraduate dental qualifications
  2. Possession of either one the Membership Faculty of Dental Surgery/Membership Joint Dental Faculty diplomas from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (and Physicians)
  3. Postgraduate diploma students should have spent at least 2 years in a recognised Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training post at the level of Dental Core Training equivalent or higher

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadline: 30 April 2019
Late applications may be considered on an ad hoc basis.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: To be confirmed
International fees: To be confirmed

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

This unique course includes extensive clinical experience and assessment of skills and will support your clinical development to an advanced level.

These higher level skills will be invaluable to future employers in your specialty and will allow you to upskill in core and intermediate competencies of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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