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 30 in the Guardian University Guide 2024.
  • 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

Contact us

For Oral Health Science telephone queries, contact: +44 (0)1702 328359

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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.

For Oral Health Science telephone queries, please contact:

 Telephone: 01702 328359


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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Join us for our Postgraduate Open Evening

We are hosting a Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 20 March. Join us for an evening of talks and tours, and get answers to your questions about studying a postgraduate course at Essex. We are also incorporating virtual content into this event so you can join us from the comfort of your own home.

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A head and shoulders shot of Manjit Sandhu, a MSc student in Advanced Periodontal Practice.
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
Phil Cannell in Southend
Phil's story

"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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We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.