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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc

This full-time, one-year Master’s programme is designed to provide an understanding of applied clinical sciences and the concepts of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£25,130 (FT) £12,570 (PT)
£40,760 (FT) £20,540 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 8 January 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification. For further requirements please refer to the institute's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc page.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

The programme combines taught courses with a research component. Students attend teaching clinics, lectures, seminars, and carry out research leading to a project dissertation. There are supervised clinical and laboratory craft modules and the opportunity to observe at inpatient operating sessions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Treatment Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
  • Clinical Care Core Course (Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
  • Dento-Alveolar Surgery 1
  • Theory of Oral/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dento-Alveolar Surgery 2
  • Clinical Science & Research Methods

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via supervised clinical teaching on a one-to-one basis and theoretical instruction including seminar teaching, lectures, journal club, self-directed learning and problem-based learning.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


One of the programme's aims is to contribute to the development of oral and maxillofacial surgery in other countries especially where healthcare challenges are different from the United Kingdom, recognising that trainees may have to contend with a higher prevalence of untreated disease, limited financial and technical resources, and potentially limited expertise and support for the speciality.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The students benefit from the broad programme structure that includes operating sessions, outpatient clinics, lectures, demonstrations, practical clinical skills, seminars and the use of investigative techniques to illustrate the diagnosis and management of orofacial surgical disease.

Find out more about the programme on the institute's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc page.

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Student / staff numbers › 68 staff including 5 postdocs › 396 taught students › 98 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Eastman Dental Institute
75% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"My work concentrates on finding better ways of diagnosing mouth cancer that ensures patients are identified as early as possible. We work on developing simple methods for easy diagnosis of such disease in the primary health care setting. If oral cancer is identified early affected individuals will not require complex treatment and are likely to survive a disorder that still kills about 50% of affected persons."

Professor Stephen Porter

Oral Medicine MSc, Special Care Dentistry MSc, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc, Oral Surgery MClinDent
UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme offers education and training in oral and maxillofacial surgery that will provide a solid foundation for specialist practice and progression towards higher surgical training.

Application deadlines

All applicants
8 January 2017

For full details of the application process please refer to the institute's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study oral and maxillofacial surgery at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
  • what is your previous experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • what is your aim after completion of this Master's degree and how do you expect this qualification to help you

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Successful applicants to this programme will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit dependent on their mode of study and fee status as given below:

  • UK/EU full-time: £2,500
  • UK/EU part-time: £2,500
  • Overseas full-time: £5,000
  • Overseas part-time: £5,000

Further details can be found on the Fees and funding page.

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