The Postgraduate Diploma in Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology (PG Dip) is a one year part-time programme designed to provide a thorough understanding of the applied sciences and practical skills required for clinical competency in oral surgery and implant dentistry.
This course aims to deliver evidence-based teaching in the theory and practice of oral surgery and dental implantology. The programme has been designed with the busy dental practitioner in mind. Much of the theoretical content is delivered online allowing students to study from home, while practical experience is gained from experienced clinicians and educators during the residential teaching blocks in London.
Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology.
About This Course
Postgraduate Diploma in
Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology
Combined online study + two practical
training blocks in London.
12 Months Part-time
This module will give students in depth knowledge of key evidence-based concepts underpinning oral surgery. Students will start to develop a wider range of skills in oral surgery from the beginning of the programme. Topics covered include patient assessment and consent, applied anatomy and physiology of the oro-facial region, treatment planning for oral surgery, local anaesthesia, sedation and general anaesthesia, basic surgical and exodontia skills.
This module builds upon the previous topics and enables students to further develop their understanding of oral surgery. Concepts around flap design, surgical extractions and the management of dentoalveolar trauma and surgical complications will be introduced. Topics covered include surgical exodontia, management of unerupted teeth, principles of soft tissue surgery, management of surgical complications, diagnosis and management of dentoalveolar trauma.
This module teaches students about advanced oral surgical procedures and applies knowledge obtained from previous modules to more complex clinical situations. Topics covered include facial pain management, oral pathology, management of temperomandibular joint disorders, peri-radicular surgery, exposure of impacted teeth, management of the medically compromised patient.
This module introduces students to dental implants as a treatment modality and aims to provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of implantology, the requirements for effective implant treatment planning and long-term treatment success. Topics covered include patient assessment and consent, radiology, anatomy, bone biology, implant design, treatment planning and guided surgery.
This module teaches the fundamentals of dental implant surgery. Topics covered include surgical theory, planning implant surgery, anatomy and flap design, scrubbing up and maintaining a sterile field, osteotomy preparation and implant placement protocols, bone grafting and soft tissue management, suturing and post-operative care, managing surgical complications. Students will also be advised on guided versus freehand dental implant surgery and the risks and benefits of both techniques.
This module will give students a comprehensive understanding of restoring dental implants and maintaining implant restoration and covers straightforward/simple single unit cases through to managing complex cases and full arch/same day treatments. Topics covered include occlusion, restoring single and multiple posterior units, anterior and aesthetic zone restorations, digital dentistry and cad/cam technology, shade taking, laboratory techniques, removable implant supported prostheses, full arch fixed restorations, prosthetic complication, peri-implantitis and dental implant maintenance.
Blended Learning Course Structure
The Postgraduate Diploma in Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology is made up of six teaching modules covering foundation, clinical, and advanced topics. These modules are delivered across two learning channels — face-to-face classroom teaching, and remote online learning — offering flexibility for students who are currently practicing.
The course comprises of two accelerated cycles of face-to-face teaching in Central London, with the remainder of the course delivered remotely to reduce the amount of time students are required to be away from practice. While some aspects of the online modules are delivered live, others can be undertaken at a time to suit each student.
The online learning component of the Postgraduate Diploma in Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology is delivered remotely, enabling students to study from anywhere, at any time, and facilitating ongoing practice. All students enrolled on this course will be provided with access to an online learning platform featuring valuable course content.
Learn Theoretical Concepts
With the exception of live streamed webinars, many lectures are pre-recorded and uploaded to the online learning portal, enabling students to access the content at any time throughout their learning journey. This flexibility allows students to continue their day-to-day practice and ensure they’re able to maintain and develop practical skills.
Benefit from Live Support
Complementing the wide range of online lectures is a selection of live webinars hosted by experts in the field of oral surgery and dental implantology. Live streamed to any connected device, this method of remote teaching enables students to benefit from the real time face-to-face support of their tutor without the need to travel.
Learn from Each Other
Students enrolled on the Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology course will all be provided with login details for a private online study club, where they can enter into discussions, ask questions, and support each other. Peer interactions can help to extend learning beyond the classroom, and assist students as they work through the 6 modules.
Face to Face Teaching
The Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology course has been designed with convenience in mind. All face-to-face teaching is delivered in two intensive teaching blocks. During these lessons, students will have opportunities to work closely with dental experts and see some common surgical techniques put into action.
Learn from Experts: Learn from and interact with leaders in the field. All classroom lectures are held by oral surgery and dental implantology professionals from both the UK and abroad, who are able to demonstrate advanced surgical implant techniques.
Interact: Students who have been chatting and supporting each other through the online study club have an opportunity to meet during the classroom sessions. Held in Central London, students can continue to learn from their peers within friendly and welcoming teaching environments, where they are free to ask questions and expand their learning.
Create Balance: While the face-to-face teaching blocks are intensive, they are designed to enable students to maintain a happy and healthy work/life balance with built-in downtime. With classes held in London’s West End, students may wish to enjoy an evening of London theatre, or visit popular local sites including London Zoo and Oxford Street.
- To be eligible for the course, prospective students should hold a primary dental degree (BDS/BChd/DDS or equivalent). An internet connected computer is required to complete the online learning aspects of this postgraduate diploma. All course content is delivered in the English, therefore students should have a good understanding of the English language.
Fees, Costs and Funding
- £11,995 (UK/EU & International students)
For all UK, EU, and International students, the course fee includes the delivery of all necessary course content. Not included in the course fee are any costs associated with residential teaching, including travel and accommodation in London, or any supplementary costs for the duration.
How to Apply
Applications are now being taken from students wishing to be considered for September 2023 intake. UK and international prospective students can apply for the course using the online application form.