After thoughtful consideration, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has taken the difficult decision to cancel delivery of our assessment activity from Monday 16 March 2020 for the foreseeable future. Further details can be found here.

Examinations and Assessment

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- Nicholas Graham Beacher

Examinations and assessments

The Faculty of Dental Surgery supports professionals throughout each stage of their career in dentistry with education, exams, and awards and scholarships.

In taking our exams you will join our community of inspiring health professionals working towards excellence in patient care through Continuing Professional Development.

We conduct exams in Glasgow, other parts of the UK and internationally. Please check each examination for location details.

Click below for details of all our exams.

MFDS

What is the MFDS?

The Award of the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) is an internationally recognised qualification that entitles you to become a member of a UK Royal College. The exam is in two parts. These can be taken in Glasgow or at one of many UK or international locations.

  • MFDS Part 1 can be taken after graduating with the relevant primary qualification.
  • MFDS Part 2 exam can be taken after passing Part 1 and completing 12 months’ postgraduate experience in clinical dentistry. Once candidates pass Part 2, they will be entitled to use the internationally recognised post-nominal letters MFDS RCPS(Glasg).
Our MDFS Part 1 and MFDS Part 2 Revision Savings incorporate revision material, sample questions and Affiliate Membership to the Faculty of Dental Surgery.

You can apply by clicking on the buttons below.

Part 1 Part 2

FAQs and enquiries

Who offers the MFDS?

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh collaborate on this examination and have produced a single set of regulations for the two Colleges. Candidates may enter through only one College for any particular diet.

The MFDS examination is a different examination to those offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of England or the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

What is the format of the examination?

There are two parts to the MFDS examination – Part 1 and Part 2.
From April 2020, the examination diet format of the MDFS Part 1 examination will be revised and comprise 180 single best answer questions. The duration of the paper is three hours. The Part 1 examination stands alone, candidates being awarded either a pass or a fail. Part 2 consists of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) totalling two hours’ duration. Candidates will be awarded either a pass or a fail. There is no requirement to submit a portfolio. Candidate guidance is available here.

When does the examination take place?

Each part of the examination is held at least twice a year. In the UK Part 1 is normally held in April and October, and Part 2 is normally held in May and November. Full details of examination dates and centres can be found here .

Is the examination held overseas as well as in the UK?

Yes, subject to demand. The Part 1 examination is held in our centres in Chennai, Dharwad, Dubai, Muscat and Tripoli. The Part 2 examination will be held subject to sufficient numbers to ensure viability. Full details of examination dates and centres can be found on here.

What are the eligibility requirements for the examination?

For Part 1 you must be in possession of a primary dental qualification acceptable to the Councils of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
For Part 2 you must have written confirmation of a pass at Part 1 or must qualify for an exemption from Part 1. Candidates must also provide evidence of completion of 12 months’ experience in clinical dentistry before the closing date for entry to the Part 2 examination they wish to sit.

Can the experience I gained during my overseas internship be counted as part of the required 12 months’ postgraduate experience?

Yes, but only if your internship took place after graduation and only if you have completed the required 12 months’ postgraduate experience by the closing date for applications.

Can I apply to sit Part 1 and Part 2 at the same time?

No. You must receive written confirmation of a pass at Part 1 before applying to sit Part 2. For example, if you sit and pass Part 1 in an October diet, then the earliest you can sit Part 2 would be in the next diet in May of the following year.

What is contained in the syllabus for the MFDS examination?

Details of the syllabus are available as part of the Regulations document available here to download.

Are there preparatory courses and study guides available for the examinations?

There is a reading list here. The College has created MDFS Part 1 Revision Modules, a comprehensive overview of key areas of the exam. Candidates can also access an online Preparatory Question Bank consisting of over 100 sample questions. Our Part 1 Revision Savings incorporates access to both, and includes Affiliate Membership.

Is the MFDS examination required for entry to the Dental Specialty Membership Examinations?

No. However, MFDS or equivalent is usually required for entry into approved specialty training programmes in the UK.

Specialty Membership Examinations

What are Specialty Membership Examinations?

The following exams are for dentists who wish to progress in their chosen specialty. Following successful completion of the specialty exams, registered dentists will be entitled to use the specialty post-nominal to demonstrate expertise in their field.

The Faculty of Dental Surgery collaborates with the dental faculties of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh and England. Each exam is administered by one of the Colleges, on behalf of all three. Click on your chosen specialty for details of exam locations and contact information.

On successful completion of a specialty diploma, dentists can choose to join the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow as a Member.


Membership in Special Care Dentistry

This award demonstrates an understanding of the principles and practices of special care dentistry. This is a tri-collegiate examination in collaboration between the Royal Colleges of Glasgow, Edinburgh and England. The exam is conducted in Glasgow subject to demand.

Membership in Special Care Dentistry


Membership in Orthodontics

The Diploma of Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) demonstrates the knowledge and expertise of orthopaedic surgery of the dental professional. This is a bi-collegiate examination held in collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The examination is held in London, UK and Chennai, India. Individuals sitting the examination in Chennai will automatically join our College as a Member, once successful.

Membership in Orthodontics

FAQs and enquiries

How do I know if I am eligible to sit the Membership in Orthodontics examination?

A comprehensive guide on eligibility is available here.
If you fulfil the criteria, you should send the application form (part 1) or (part 2) and an updated CV with details of your undergraduate and postgraduate training to the Examinations Office (MOrth), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ. Members of the Examination Board will then review your details and advise us of your eligibility status: if additional information is required, we will contact you to request this.

What are the dates of the Membership in Orthodontics examinations?
The exam dates are updated regularly here.
When can I register for the Membership in Orthodontics examination?

Please click here for details of registration dates for exams.

Can I sit the Membership in Orthodontics Part 2 if I haven’t passed the Membership in Orthodontics Part 1?

You can register to sit the Membership in Orthodontics Part 2 before you have received your result for the Part 1 examination. However, you will not be awarded the MOrth RCPS(Glasg) until you have passed both parts.

I sat the Membership in Orthodontics Part 2 previously and failed certain components. Can I be given exemption from the components I have already passed?

You cannot be exempted from the OSCE or Structured Clinical Reasoning components. The Examination Board will decide if you need to re-sit the Treated Cases component. You will be informed of this after you have registered for the examination.


Membership in Paediatric Dentistry

The Membership in Paediatric Dentistry (MPaedDent) is evidence of the dental professional’s level of knowledge, skill and expertise in the practice of paediatric dentistry. Successful candidates will be eligible to use the post-nominal letters MPaed Dent.

The specialty Membership is a tri-collegiate exam held in collaboration between the dental faculties of the Royal Colleges in Edinburgh and England.

Applications should be sent to the administering College. On successful completion, candidates have the option to join our College as a Member of the dental faculty.

Membership In Paediatric Dentistry


Membership in Oral Surgery

The Membership in Oral Surgery (MOralSurg) is a test of the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the practice of oral surgery.

This is a tri-collegiate examination in collaboration with the dental faculties of the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh and England. Applications should be sent to the administering College.

Successful candidates will be eligible to join the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow as Members for a range of benefits, and must indicate they wish to do so on their application form.

Membership In Oral Surgery


Membership in Restorative Dentistry

Click the button below to find more information.

Membership In Restorative Dentistry

Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examinations

Statement from the Joint Meeting of Dental Faculties

Read the statement from the JMDF on Dental Specialty Examinations here.

What are Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examinations?

Award of the Diploma of Fellowship in a specific specialty indicates that a candidate has attained the knowledge and experience, as well as satisfied the necessary training programme requirements, to proceed to practice independently as a consultant within their specialty.

The following exams are for specialists wishing to practise as a consultant in dental surgery. Click below for exam dates.

Dental Public Health

Oral Medicine

Oral Surgery

Orthodontics

Paediatric Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

Successful candidates may join the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

FAQs and enquiries

COVID-19

The College aims to deliver the examinations in Autumn 2020 as normal and but is also currently considering alternative options should the COVID-19 crisis still affect face to face exam delivery.

Do all the ISFE examinations have the same format?

No. Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Restorative Dentistry consist of a Clinical section, a Management of Health Care Delivery section and a Critical Appraisal paper.
Dental Public Health consists of a Desktop Exercise, a Management of Health Care Delivery section and a Critical Appraisal Paper.

Will there be any live patients or actors?

No.

Am I expected to know about management policies and procedures throughout the UK and Ireland?

No. You are, however, expected to be familiar with your own trust’s policies and procedures.

Will I receive my results on the day of the examination?

No. Results will be posted to candidates after the examination.

If I am unsuccessful, will I receive feedback on my performance?

Yes. You will be sent feedback from the Chair of the examination Board by post following the examination. You will not receive any feedback on the day of the examination.

Will I have to re-sit the whole examination?

No. You will only be required to re-sit the sections you have failed. However, at subsequent sittings you must re-sit all the sections you have failed.

Is there any limitation on how many times I can sit the examination?

Yes. Candidates must normally pass the whole examination within 2 years of his/her first attempt and will normally be allowed three attempts to pass the examination.

If I am successful, when will I receive my Diploma?

Candidates will only be eligible for the award of the Diploma once confirmation of completion of their training has been received from their Postgraduate Dental Dean. Click here for further information on the process for issuing the Diploma.

When I receive my Diploma, which College will I be affiliated to?

Candidates may affiliate to any of the four Surgical Royal Colleges in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This should be stated on your application form at the time of application, but can be changed at any time by contacting the Secretariat prior to your diploma being issued.

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