Our programme has been specifically designed for dental practitioners who want to develop their skills in providing clinical oral surgery for their patients in dental practice.

This programme aims to develop your knowledge and enhance your clinical skills. In addition to study days and clinical skills teaching, you will undertake a clinical attachment where you will treat oral surgery patients under the supervision of a specialist team in the Oral Surgery department of the University of Bristol Dental School.

Programme structure

There are 3 units that make up the PG Certificate in Clinical Oral Surgery.

Unit 1 - Oral Surgery 1

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Review Oral Surgery care pathways in the UK
  • Recognise how quality and safety standards are attained in Oral Surgery practice
  • Outline techniques for non-surgical and surgical dental extractions
  • Perform simulated suturing
  • Describe how to diagnose and manage common complications in Oral Surgery
  • Recognise signs of rare and serious complications in Oral Surgery

Unit 2 - Oral Surgery 2

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Review current guidelines on the management of wisdom teeth
  • Assess and treatment plan cases of impacted wisdom teeth
  • Describe surgical techniques for the extraction of wisdom teeth
  • Recognise the presentation of an oro-antral communication and perform a simulated closure
  • Analyse and apply current guidance for the management of medically compromised patients undergoing oral surgery

Unit 3 - Oral Surgery 3

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge and skills to treat patients attending the specialist Oral Surgery service at Bristol Dental School
  • Describe and manage a range of post-operative complications related to Oral Surgery
  • Reflect on how learning acquired in the programme can be applied to your own workplace

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Oral Surgery.

Entry requirements

BDS (or equivalent United Kingdom General Dental Council-registrable dental qualification). At least one year's demonstrable postgraduate clinical experience.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Go to admissions statement

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: part-time
£10,700 per year
Overseas: part-time
£14,700 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Funding for 2023/24

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

This programme is aimed at dental practitioners who want to develop their skills in providing clinical oral surgery for patients in their workplace.