The Dentistry PhD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty is a three year full-time program. A specialty of dentistry known as oral and maxillofacial surgery deals with the diagnosis and management of a variety of disorders that affect the head, neck, face, and jaws. A doctoral degree that entails in-depth study and research in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery is called a PhD in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The diagnosis and surgical and adjunctive treatment of disorders, diseases, injuries, and defects, involving the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions and related structures, are concerns of the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. During the program, students will take advanced courses in subjects such as oral and maxillofacial pathology, orthodontics, anesthesia, and surgical techniques. They will also undertake extensive research in the form of a thesis or dissertation, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.