2020 start
MMedSci

Diagnostic Oral Pathology

School of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

On this unique, specialist course you’ll learn from experienced senior oral and maxillofacial pathologists and scientists with international reputations.
Postgraduate on Diagnostic Oral Pathology course

Course description

This is the only course in the UK in this specialist field. It focuses on the pathology of diseases and disorders that affect the tissues and organs of the oral cavity and its related structures.

The course aims to give you a critical, systematic understanding of oral pathological conditions that require diagnosis by histopathological methods. You’ll study the laboratory methods used to prepare oral diagnostic material for histopathological examination and the research tools used to advance the practice of diagnostic oral pathology.

We teach you competence in the microscopical diagnosis of common and significant oral pathological lesions. You’ll learn when further information or additional procedures are needed to confirm a diagnosis. The course is taught by experienced senior oral and maxillofacial pathologists and scientists with international reputations.

The course builds upon the basic understanding of pathology and oral pathology that you’ll have gained at undergraduate level and is particularly suited to those who have obtained relevant postgraduate experience in a related clinical discipline.

It provides a sound basis for further studies in oral pathology. It will also feed into your training in related clinical disciplines.

Once you've graduated, you’ll have a high level of competence in diagnosing common and significant oral pathological lesions and conditions. You'll be able to determine the steps necessary to resolve a diagnosis for specimens beyond your immediate capabilities.

You’ll also have knowledge and understanding of the common laboratory methods used to prepare oral diagnostic material for histopathological examination and the main research tools and methods used to advance the practice of diagnostic oral pathology.

Additional costs: the cost of dissertation binding is not included in your course fees.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Basic Principles of Pathology
  • Basic Techniques in Histopathology
  • Research Problems and Approaches
  • Laboratory Research Methods
  • Diagnostic Oral Pathology
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Advanced Oral Histopathology
  • Dissertation

Teaching

Teaching is through an induction period, supervised reporting, staff and student-led seminars, practical laboratory techniques, lectures, literature review, dissertation, independent directed self-study.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through introductory multi-choice assessment, examinations at the end of each semester consisting of written papers and a microscope-based exam, assessed essays and presentations at journal clubs and seminars, dissertation project.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You need a recognised dental or medical qualification. You must have at least one year’s postgraduate experience in a relevant clinical discipline.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

dentalpgtadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 215 9318 or +44 114 215 9319

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.