Craniofacial Trauma Reconstruction

MSc ( 2 years Part-time Online Learning )


The programme provides a sound basis for medical and dental practitioners who aspire to manage complex facial injuries from either background.

This part-time, distance learning MSc which runs over a two-year period allows longitudinal academic support enabling the practitioner to develop their understanding of the subject and to apply this to their own practice. The Masters in Craniofacial Trauma and Reconstruction provides a structured distance learning programme to support both education and clinical practice surgeons working in this field.

The programme is suitable for both junior and senior trainees from senior house officer level two senior higher surgical trainee. The programme is designed to support trainees in oral surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, craniofacial surgery, ophthalmology, ENT, and neurosurgery who aspire to manage complex facial injuries.

The programme is particularly suitable for students who are undertaking structured surgical training and wish a robust framework to develop true multidisciplinary skills.

The degree includes an optional summer school.

This programme will:

  • Familiarise you with up-to-date, novel, and evidence-based multidisciplinary clinical practice in all aspects of facial trauma surgery
  • Help you develop your knowledge and understanding in specialties allied to facial trauma surgery
  • Include one-to-one webinars to discuss aspects of your own clinical practice
  • Help you develop critical reading skills to assess scientific literature
  • Facilitate you in  scientific paper writing skills, clinical audit, and simple study design

Application deadline is 9th September 2019.

Why study MSc Craniofacial Trauma Reconstruction at Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry?

There is considerable experience in the management of complex facial trauma within the organisation, and a focused and dedicated multidisciplinary craniofacial trauma team which has been in substantial clinical practice for 13 years. The considerable clinical material archived will be made available to students and used by experienced surgical tutors to maximise the learning experience in a totally relaxed and friendly environment.

The programme is designed to run on very small numbers, thus maximising the one-to-one tutorial system and allow individualised tuition for all levels.

The School has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching. The London was the first medical school in England, founded in 1785, and Barts Hospital was established in 1123. Today, we are in the top five research-led medical and dental schools in the UK. Our world-leading research spans medicine, dentistry, and the biological and physical sciences. You will be taught by experts in their field, and will benefit from our fantastic location in central and east London. From showing that stem cells can regrow liver, pancreas and intestine to producing evidence that folic acid should be added to bread, our research puts us amongst the top five research institutions in the UK, alongside
Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and University College London.

Craniofacial Trauma Surgery - The history

Alumni of Barts and the London Hospital have played a significant part in the rapid evolution of craniofacial trauma surgery as practice today. Sir Harold Gillies was originally an ENT surgeon at Barts, and Hugh Cairns a neurosurgeon at the Royal London Hospital evolved the ‘nutcracker suite’ in the North African theatre of the Second World War aligning ophthalmology neurosurgery and oral surgery. Henry Tonks was a surgical trainee at the London hospital prior to laying down his surgical knife, and picking up his easel to record the artistry of war at Sidcup with Gillies.

Development of surgical techniques in craniofacial surgery by Tessier coupled with devolution of internal fixation have allowed the stepwise development of trauma surgery which has subsequently been refined by cosmetic surgical techniques. It is this enhanced practice that has been developed at Barts and the London and QMUL.


Successful completion of the programme will demonstrate acquisition of a broad depth understanding for all aspects of craniofacial trauma management. The clinical focus will enhance clinical performance in diagnosis and treatment planning and together with the students own clinical training programme will enhance the surgical techniques. It is anticipated that the enhanced knowledge would lead to a very broad depth of understanding, and improved patient outcome.

Professor Simon Holmes - Programme Director

Simon Holmes is Prof of craniofacial traumatology at Queen Mary University of London, and consultant maxillofacial surgeon at Barts health NHS trust. He is the lead clinician and head of the craniofacial trauma reconstruction team and research group.

He has extensive experience of all aspects of high-energy facial injuries and has written numerous scientific papers, textbooks, and presented internationally in the field. His research interests include the psychology of facial trauma, analysis of complex energy transfer across the cranio facial construct using finite element analysis. He is also insisted on the management of secondary facial deformity utilising craniofacial bone, synthetic onlays, fat grafting, soft tissue suspension techniques, and scar revision and soft tissue resurfacing techniques.

 He is trauma lead for the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, assistant editor for the British Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and on the editorial board for several other journals.

Further information

Dr Simon Holmes

Nina Booty
Senior Student Support Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8930


The programme format is distance learning, part time, and designed to fit around a training rotation. Digital material will be supplied in written, and video format, and one-to-one webinar discussions and small-group teaching sessions designed to maximise education and knowledge acquisition in the most time effective manner. Numerous short documents allow bite-size learning without overburdening the student.


Year one


15 Credits- historical aspects / philosophy of MDT trauma practice / epidemiology / emergency care / airway provision / first aid treatment / integration of the craniofacial surgeon within the acute trauma team / emergency eye care.  Bone healing / soft tissue healing / wound dressings / wound care / digital imaging / use of DICOM data / DICOM readers / 3 D analysis / treatment planning / low energy and high energy injuries


15 Credits - Dental aspects including restorative dentistry / implantogy / surgical exodontia with reference to trauma surgery / dental cysts / pathological fractures / odontogenic infections / orthodontics


15 Credits  - Medical and surgical aspects relevant to the practice of craniofacial trauma surgery. Orthopaedic, general surgical trauma.


15 Credits - Fractures of the mandible / principles and practice of IMF / condylar management / head of condyle / reconstruction techniques / iliac crest grafts  the edentulous mandible


15 Credits -Fractures of the zygoma / orbit / ocular injuries

Year two


15 Credits -Fractures of the middle third of the face / nasal / naso orbitoethmoid / panfacial injuries - sequencing


15 Credits - Fractures of the upper third / frontal bone / frontal sinus / neurosurgical ward management / acute combined neurosurgical management


15  Credits  - Acute soft tissue injuries - primary care / management of acute tissue loss / local flaps/ axial flaps / free flaps / salivary gland injuries / facial nerve repair


15 Credits – Assessment - principles of management of enophthalmos, Zygomatic Osteotomy, maxillary and mandibular osteotomy, Cranioplasty, Principles of static and dynamic reanimation, scar revision, fat grafting, TMJ replacement. Camouflage .  Psychological aspects - managing expectation

DISSERTATION  (15,000 words)

60 Credits - This would be on an aspect of facial trauma management to supplement current opinion - ie a literature search and review.

Summer School

There is a week residential programme in the summer of the first year and opportunities to visit the unit for a week during the programme.

Throughout the program candidates will be supported to produce a paper based upon the programme and their own cases to standard of peer reviewed publication.


For Admission enquiries, please contact Postgraduate Admissions.

The Admissions Office

+44 (0)20 7882 5533

For programme content and Academic School enquiries, please contact the Institute of Dentistry below:

Dr Simon Holmes

Nina Booty
Senior Student Support Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8930


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a Medical or Dental  degree (MBBS, BDS or MD) recognised by Queen Mary University of London.   Overseas degrees in Medicine and Dentistry will be considered provided they are equivalent to UK 2.1 degree.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a credible commitment to the practice of craniofacial trauma surgery within their subspecialty.

English requirements should be any of the following:

  1. IELTS (overall score of 6.5,with 6.0 in the Writing and Speaking modules )
  2. TOEFL Internet-Based Test: An overall score of 92, with 24 in Writing and Speaking

Application deadline is 9th September 2019.

For full details of our English language requirements, including a list of alternate acceptable tests, please refer to the webpage below.

Further information

Dr Simon Holmes

Nina Booty
Senior Student Support Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8930

Learning and teaching

Academic material is presented in lecture video, electronic document, and didactic webinar format. Surgical techniques will be presented in video format to aid participants in the acquisition of key clinical skills. The programme would greatly support key aspects of major topics within the core curriculum.

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers.

You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

You will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend online, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Each module is assessed separately, including essays, written, clinical and viva voice examinations.


You will also be assessed on a supervised dissertation

Further information

Dr Simon Holmes

Nina Booty
Senior Student Support Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8930


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £6,350

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £10,400

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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