Oral health sciences

Train at Essex to work as an oral health professional.

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.

At Essex we ensure that you are qualified and confident to practise once you graduate, and gain 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?
  • 100% of our undergraduate School of Health and Social Care students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DHLE, 2017)
  • Learn clinical skills in our dedicated, state-of-the-art dental skills lab.
  • You're involved in the treatment of patients – right from the beginning of your course.
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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

Oral health is evolving at an exciting pace.

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.

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
Phil Cannell in Southend
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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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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.