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MSc Oral Surgery

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

Learning Outcomes from PG Cert and Diploma

- Apply technical skills and theoretical knowledge appropriate for performance of difficult or complex dental extractions.
- Appraise the ethical and legal framework for proper consent of patients.
- Critically appraise the process of development, and the limitations of, clinical guidelines relevant to the field of oral surgery.
- Apply specialist-level knowledge and sound clinical judgement in discussing treatment with patients.
- Analyse patient and peer feedback in order to guide personal development.
- Critique the rationale for and means of delivery of clinical audit.
- Utilise the clinical audit cycle to guide personal development.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of management skills and their importance to services and companies.
- Apply advanced communication skills in respect of clinical management, presentations to peers and teaching.
- Recognise basic organisations and their objectives.
- Identify the different functional areas of management (planning, staffing, oragnisation, controlling and leading).

- Apply advanced communication skills in respect of clinical management, presentations to peers and teaching.
- Summarise the ethical framework for conducting research.
- Apply a working knowledge of the processes of defining research questions and designing and delivering a research project.
- Appraise concepts, models and theories of quality improvement.
- Critically appraise the relevannce of improvement techniques in professional regulation and personal development.
- Apply specialist knowledge in the inception, design and delivery of quality improvement projects.

Additional Learning Outcomes

- Critically appraise scientific literature in order to identify areas of clinical need and/or societal impact.
- Utilise skills in use of library resources including computer based research tools and databases.
- Originate a research idea and formulate a research plan and application for ethical approval.
- Synthesize and analyse high quality data, suitable for contribution to a scientific/clinical peer reviewed publication.
- Apply advanced communication skills in presentation/publication of research results.
- Apply in-depth knowledge of surgical techniques in provision of complex oral surgery care.
- Synthesize complex differential diagnoses and apply clinical judgement in management of complex clinical presentation.
- Confidently manage acute presentations and peri-operative complications in oral surgery.
- Apply advanced clinical communication skills in discussing complex diagnoses with patients.
- Apply results of personal reflection, peer and patient feedback in professional development.

Transferable (key) skills

- Design and delivery of a research project related to an appropriate clinical or scientific question.
- Use of personal reflection and feedback in professional development.
- Development of clinical independence and resilience in respect of oral surgery.


- Submission of a research dissertation on a subject of the student's choice. The research question, methodology, research and analysis will be performed by the student.

- Demonstration of the ability to perform moinor oral surgery to the level of an advanced practitioner.
- Demonstration of the abilty to anticiplate complications in clinical settings and act accordingly to deliver effective care.
- Demonstration of the ability to deal with unexpected occurences in the clinical setting and manage them according to evidence and with reference to pathophysiology and clinical experience.
- Drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study.
- Evaluating and criticising received opinion.
- Making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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