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Eligibility Criteria to join the Faculty of Dental Surgery


Individuals who have sat and successfully passed the MFDS Part 2 examination or the Specialty Membership Examinations with us are eligible to join the Faculty as a Member. Membership is also open to those with a Membership qualification from another UK/Irish Royal College, e.g. MJDF, MFDS RCS (England), MFDS RCS (Edinburgh), MFD RCS (Ireland) or a Specialty Membership Examination qualification. To apply for membership, simply complete this application form along with evidence of your qualifications.

Membership without examination

Applying for a membership without MFDS or equivalent is also possible for experienced dental registered practitioners.

Applicants who wish to apply through the non-examination route must provide evidence of:

  • A minimum of 10 years post-registration (BDS) experience (the focus is on what you have achieved rather than the length of time you have been qualified)
  • Clinical experience and expertise in the areas of dental education, research and/or leadership/management
  • Continual significant contribution to the standing of the dental profession

To apply via the non-examination route, complete this application form. Please attach your CV, all supporting evidence, and the names of two sponsors, one of whom should also provide a statement of support. Both sponsors must be current Fellows, one of whom must be from this College and should provide a statement of support. The other can be from another UK/Irish Royal College. Failure to send all the relevant information may delay your application.

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Both of your sponsors must either be a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, or a Fellow of the College. Ideally, both sponsors must know you professionally and personally so they are able to vouch for the accuracy of the statements and evidence you have provided. If you are unable to find sponsors who are Fellows of this College, we will consider current Fellows from another UK or Irish Royal College.

For further information, please contact dental@rcpsg.ac.uk.

Admission process

Applications for membership are considered at various times throughout the year. Successful applications will be required to pay a joining fee (currently £180) and an annual subscription fee.

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Members will be invited to a formal diploma ceremony followed by an informal evening of food, drink and music, hosted by the College President.
This an ideal opportunity to engage with other Members and Fellows, and find out more about your membership benefits.

Following admission to the College, Members are entitled to use the post-nominal MFDS RCPS(Glasg) and/or any Specialty Membership post-nominal awarded.

This College Celebration is charged at £20 per person (maximum number of guests per Fellow or Member is 3).


Individuals who have sat and passed one of the ISFE examinations are automatically eligible to join the Faculty as Fellows. Fellowship is also open to those who have a Specialty Fellowship/Fellowship of another UK/Irish Royal College (e.g. FDS RCS(Eng), FDS(Ed), FFD(I)).

For existing Members seeking elevation to Fellowship, a minimum of 5 years' consecutive Membership of this Faculty of Dental Surgery is expected before nomination.

Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Surgery is also offered to dental surgeons who have made substantial contributions to their specialty, or who are senior members of the dental profession and whose published works and attainments are of such distinction as to justify election. Ultimately, eligibility will be determined by the Dental Fellowship Sub Committee.

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To apply for Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, click on the button below. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be returned to the applicant.

Once your application has been approved you will be sent admission paperwork which you will need to return to us along with the £240 joining fee (if applicable). Once your paperwork and joining fee have been successfully processed you will be added to the next monthly admission list.

Once you have been formally admitted into the College, your diploma and welcome pack will be posted to you.

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Application checklist

For an application to be considered complete, please see the below checklist of requirements. In order for your application to be fully assessed, these required fields must be completed. If required fields have been omitted, your admission to the College could be delayed until all outstanding fields have been clarified:

  • Name (including title)
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Place of work, work address & work contact details
  • Job title
  • Specialty
  • Primary qualification; date awarded and name of awarding institution
  • Declaration fields
  • Signature
  • Sponsor(s) as required (One sponsor must be a current Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The other, if required, must be a current Fellow from another UK/Irish Royal College. The first sponsor should provide a brief statement of support. )

In addition to the above fields within the application form, we must receive the following documents along with your application:

  • Evidence of primary qualification (and any other supporting evidence)
  • An up-to-date CV

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