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Oral health sciences

Impatient to progress your career in Oral Health?

Oral health sciences

Whether you are an aspiring dental hygienist, or looking to progress to becoming a dental therapist, we have a course for you.

Here at Essex, you'll learn not only the practical skills required for practise, but also the critical skills to take a holistic approach to patient care.

We have two undergraduate courses on offer:

  • Our FdSc Oral Health Science prepares you for a career as a dental hygienist and enables you to register with the General Dental Council.
  • Our BSc Oral Health Science prepares you for a career as a dental therapist. This course is a one-year top-up, open to you as an existing registered dental hygienist.

 

Why study here?
  • The University of Essex is ranked top 40 for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2002 (Broad discipline English universities).
  • Learn clinical skills in our dedicated, state-of-the-art dental skills labs.
  • You're involved in the treatment of patients – right from the beginning of your course.
Photo of Sophie Dungate at the Student Dental Hygienist Awards, receiving her award in front of a banner with her photo on it
If you are passionate about something, you should make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.  I'm trying to do things that push me out of my comfort zone and make me the best that I can be.  I've volunteered with the dental team at Crisis at Christmas.  Many of us take good oral health for granted and witnessing individuals who are genuinely in need without the resources available to them to have dental/healthcare whenever they need is incredibly humbling.
Sophie, winner of the student dental hygienist awards, 2019
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Oral health is evolving at an exciting pace.  Be at the forefront of the change.

Under the proposed new dental contract, dental practices that can evidence enhanced skills in advanced care are likely to be commissioned to provide specialised services such as periodontology. Whether you’re a Dentist or a Hygienist/Dental Therapist looking to top up your skills set, we have a course to suit you.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care.



Explore our postgraduate Oral Health Science courses

Why study here?
  • Gain hands-on experience in our purpose-built dental skills labs and clinical patient care facilities.
  • Flexible study options to fit around the busy working lives of clinicians – make study part of your lifestyle.
  • Expand your knowledge, and reinforce and enhance the skills required for everyday clinical practice.
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The MSc course was the best step I could have taken for my career development.  Whilst undertaking the course, little eureka moments of applying my new knowledge in the clinical sessions made me realise how far I have come.
Manjit Sandhu MSc advanced periodontal practice
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"We've had lots of firsts in oral health sciences at Essex, and I think that's what I'm most proud of...

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