Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery MSc

A full-time, one-year - or part-time, two-year - Master’s programme designed to provide an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery. The programme provides appropriate preparation for the MFDS and MJDF.


The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery MSc is a full-time degree programme taken over one year.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Contact days

The full-time programme generally requires attendance five days a week, throughout the year (excepting UCL closure days).

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through clinical and laboratory instruction on a one-to-one basis, seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning. Assessment is through practical and oral examinations, written papers (MCQ, MSA and essays), log books, internal appraisals and the dissertation.

Dr Rachel Leeson is the Programme Director.

Career enhancement

On completion of their studies, some graduates undertake senior house officer posts in UK teaching hospitals and take the opportunity to progress through specialist training posts to become NHS Hospital Consultants. Overseas graduates may return to their home country to continue their specialist training. Some graduates go into NHS or private dental practice whilst others pursue medical training or further research, teaching and academic careers.


Year One

Clinical Science & Research Methods

15 credits.

Assessed through a two-hour MCQ examination.

Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

15 credits.

Manual dexterity. Practical concepts related to good surgical technique. Suturing, flap design, biopsy techniques.

Assessed through MCQ examination and practical assessment.

Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery)

15 credits.

Competency in clinical care. History taking, performing a head and neck examination, developing  skills necessary to formulate a treatment plan, taking informed consent, understanding cross infection control, understanding the management of pain and anxiety, safely treating and interacting with patients on the clinic, using appropriate communication skills.

Assessed through continuous assessment of clinical work.

Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1

15 credits.

The skills required to plan and deliver oral surgery treatment. Treating patients in a supervised clinical environment.

Assessed through continuous assessment of clinical work.

Theory of Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

30 credits.

The theory of aetiology, prevention, diagnosis & management of contemporary clinical practice in oral surgery and maxillofacial surgery.

Assessed through a three-hour unseen written examination.

Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2

30 credits.

The knowledge and skills required to plan and undertake surgical treatment in oral surgery. Preparing and writing a dento-alveolar case report. Treating patients in a supervised clinical environment.

Assessed through continuous assessment of clinical work, a case report (2,000 words) and an oral examination.

MSc in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Dissertation

60 credits.

Research project.

Assessed through a written dissertation (13,000-15,000 words) and an oral examination (presentation of the dissertation to an audience followed by questions).

Application deadline

The deadline for the September 2017 programme is 8 January 2017. The online application portal will open in the autumn of 2016.


Visit the UCL website to see 2016/17 fees. Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate dental qualification (i.e. BDS, or equivalent from a recognised institution) and have a minimum of two years experience post-qualification.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they meet the required standard by either having recently passed one of the UCL recognised English language tests at the 'good' level, or through work or education experience in English.

Students must have appropriate permission to study in the UK.

How to apply

Applicants should apply online through UCL's online application system.  Before doing so, please ensure you have reviewed the above information and have the correct documentation ready.


Applicants are required to submit the contact details (address and email address) of two appropriate referees. One must be academic and the other should be an employer or colleague. Referees may not be family members or friends.

Once you have submitted your application, each referee will be contacted by email and supplied with a link to a webpage to which they should upload their reference.

Your application will remain incomplete until all references have been received. You can monitor the status of your application online and resend the reference request emails or change your referee contact details if necessary. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all references are received by the application deadline.

Upload supporting documentation

As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload various documents.

CV Applicants must provide a clear, current and accurate copy of their CV.
Transcript All UK applicants are required to submit a copy of their degree certificate, all non-UK applicants are required to submit a copy their degree certificate and their academic transcript.
Transcript 2 Applicants currently practising in the UK must provide a copy of their current full GDC registration certificate.
English Language Test Applicants whose first language is not English need to provide their UCL-approved English language certification.

What happens next

After you have submitted your application online, and once your references and have been received, your application will be held by the Institute.  Selection commences after the application deadline in January and is usually completed by March.

If your application has been successful, University Admissions will issue a formal offer letter confirming your fee status and specifying a deadline by which you must confirm acceptance.  If your offer is conditional, you will be given a deadline by which you must meet the condition.


Nichola Faddoul
Programme Administrator
For any further information about the content of the programme.
Institute Admissions edi-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
+44(0)20 3456 1092
For help with the application process, including entry requirements.
University Admissions admissions@ucl.ac.uk For queries about visas, immigration and fees.