Postgraduate study

Oral Surgery DClinDent

Awards: DClinDent

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Oral Surgery

Who is this programme for?

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.

The DClinDent in Oral Surgery is a three-year, full-time programme which enables you to develop, consolidate and enhance your range of academic and clinical competencies.

What will I learn?

The programme aims to provide an understanding of applied clinical sciences, alongside current concepts in oral surgery, with an emphasis on practical experience in dentoalveolar surgery.

You will develop independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in oral surgery.

Academic skills in clinical research and clinical governance are also taught.

Tri-Collegiate Membership in Oral Surgery

Successful completion of the DClinDent will stand you in good stead if considering applying to the Tri-Collegiate (England/Edinburgh/Glasgow) Specialty Membership Examination in Oral Surgery administered by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Coures and attendance

The programme consists of 16 courses. All courses are compulsory, assessed and credit-bearing.

Attendance is required on weekdays for 42 weeks each year. Your time will be split approximately 50:50 between clinical and academic activities.

How will I be assessed?

Your clinical work, professionalism and communication skills will be regularly assessed by workplace-based assessments, for example by Direct Observations of Procedures (DOPs).

Your academic assessments will include:

  • written papers (eg. single best answer papers)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • viva voce
  • submission of written assignments such as literature review

Occupational health clearance

You are required to successfully complete occupational health clearance to undergo exposure prone procedures, prior to treating patients.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
DClinDent3 YearsFull-timeProgramme structure 2020/21

Learning outcomes include:

  • ability to produce good clinical care whilst maintaining good clinical practice
  • good understanding of the basic biological science relevant to oral surgery
  • ability to carry out the extraction of teeth and retained roots and management of complications
  • knowledge to deal with odontogenic and all other infections of the orofacial region and benign salivary gland disease
  • fluent in the management of impacted and unerupted teeth and dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment, peri-radicular surgery, treatment of benign cystic lesion of the oral hard and soft tissues
  • familiarity with appropriate anxiety management techniques and management of orofacial pain
  • familiarity with the management of benign and malignant lesions arising in, or presenting in the oral cavity

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.

Examples of career paths taken by our past graduates include:

  • specialist practice (in the UK and overseas).
  • working as a speciality dentist, specialist or consultant in secondary care.
  • academics roles

We strongly encourage you to confirm how the DClinDent and MOralSurg awards are recognised in your country. This can be confirmed through regulatory bodies in your country of origin.

A primary dental qualification (such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery), or its international equivalent, plus a minimum of two years' post-qualification experience.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Deposit

Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit before an unconditional offer can be made.

  • £2,500 (this contributes towards your tuition fees)

Find out more about tuition fee deposits:

Tuition fee deposits can be paid using the University's online payment facility, ePay:

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
DClinDent3 YearsFull-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status.

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Programmes Administrator, Petra Hopert
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 3982
  • Contact: pg.dclindent@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA
Programme start date Application deadline
13 September 2021 29 January 2021

Decisions will be made on applications by 26 March 2021.

All applicants should receive confirmation on the outcome of their applications in the following week*.

*(Revised 15 October 2020 with added application decision date.)

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Postgraduate Programmes Administrator, Petra Hopert
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 3982
  • Contact: pg.dclindent@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA