Key information–eligibility and FAQ's

Key information–
eligibility and FAQ's

Eligibility for MFDS exams

International applicants for MFDS exams

Dental graduates can sit the MFDS exam if they hold a primary dental qualification. They should also normally be registered to practise dentistry in their country of residence.
 
While the MFDS exam is set at a standard comparable to that of all dental graduates who have completed a two-year foundation programme whether pursuing a career in general or specialist practice in either primary or secondary care, the assessment is not limited to recent graduates and is open to all practitioners.
 
For more information regarding the entrance requirements see:
Candidates whose names do not appear in the current UK dentists registry (General Dental Council) must submit evidence (in the form of original documentation or certified copies*) of the following:
 

a) Your primary dental qualification, together with the date of acquisition. The qualification you hold must be referred to on the World Directory of Medical Schools. If your qualification is not listed, you will need to provide a NARIC certificate.

b) Your registration document.

 

* Copies of letters and certificates will only be accepted if they have been verified as a true copy. Attested copies must bear an original signature and official stamp (e.g. hospital stamp, university stamp, public notary stamp). Official English translations from a translation agency will be required for stamps or certificates that are not in English.

Eligibility for MFDS exams

Dental graduates can sit the MFDS exam if they hold a primary dental qualification. They should also normally be registered to practise dentistry in their country of residence.
 
While the MFDS exam is set at a standard comparable to that of all dental graduates who have completed a two-year foundation programme whether pursuing a career in general or specialist practice in either primary or secondary care, the assessment is not limited to recent graduates and is open to all practitioners.
 
For more information regarding the entrance requirements see:

International applicants for MFDS exams

Candidates whose names do not appear in the current UK dentists registry (General Dental Council) must submit evidence (in the form of original documentation or certified copies*) of the following:
 

a) Your primary dental qualification, together with the date of acquisition. The qualification you hold must be referred to on the World Directory of Medical Schools. If your qualification is not listed, you will need to provide a NARIC certificate.

b) Your registration document.

 

* Copies of letters and certificates will only be accepted if they have been verified as a true copy. Attested copies must bear an original signature and official stamp (e.g. hospital stamp, university stamp, public notary stamp). Official English translations from a translation agency will be required for stamps or certificates that are not in English.

MFDS – frequently asked questions

No, you would only pay an additional fee if your specialist exam was obtained from a different Royal College.

No, the MFDS is a desirable requirement, not an essential requirement, however you will be competing against other candidates who will have obtained the MFDS.

The purpose of the MFDS examination is to demonstrate that successful candidates possess the necessary competencies for a specialist dental career in either primary or secondary care following the completion of their foundation training curriculum and dental core training curriculum.
As with the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF) examination which it replaces, and the equivalent qualification offered by other surgical Royal Colleges, the MFDS does not represent a formal criterion for entry into specialist training. The General Dental Council do not set a formal examination requirement for this purpose, and selection is likely to be on the basis of a range of criteria. Possession of a postgraduate qualification such as the MFDS will play a part in demonstrating a candidate’s suitability for specialist training, but is not an absolute requirement.

The publication Dental Foundation Training Curriculum is the basis for the MFDS assessment. The curriculum can be downloaded from the COPDEND website.

This is the syllabus, identifying the curricular content covered in the examination.

Candidates will receive their certificates and may use the MFDS post-nominal letters once they have paid for membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery. The annual membership fee entitles candidates to use the post-nominal letters after their name. The certificate is evidence of this membership.
To attend the Diplomates Day ceremony and subsequently receive the certificate, candidates need to have paid their membership fee first. To receive their certificate in the post, candidates also need to have paid their membership fee. This rule applies across the board since use of post-nominal letters and the wording of the certificate is actively tied to the membership.
The MFDS is a membership qualification and the expectation is that candidates are taking the exam in order to become a member. The certificate alone implies that its owner is a member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery.

The College Examinations Directorate is not involved in administering visas and is therefore unable to advise on this. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that they are permitted to be in the UK to take the exam that they are booked onto. For information on visas and entry to the UK, please contact UK Visas and Immigration.
If you pay for an exam and then are unable to obtain a visa, you will not be refunded your fees. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can obtain a visa before you pay for an exam.

To avoid the possibility of original documents being mislaid by postal services, it is recommended that all candidates supply only certified copies of their supporting documentation.
A correctly certified photocopy requires a consultant’s signature and the appropriate hospital stamp. Please note that all hospital stamps should be in English or have an official translation provided.
If you choose to send original documents with your application form, we strongly recommend that you use recorded or special delivery (UK only) or international signed for (if overseas). All original documents will be returned to you using these methods to ensure their safe return.

If you are a fully paid-up MJDF member then for now nothing changes. You continue to enjoy the benefits of membership of both the Faculty of Dental Surgery and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).
In the future, the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) plans to leave RCS Eng and become a new independent body (the Faculty of Dental Surgery will remain part of RCS Eng). Once this happens you will be eligible for membership of the new organisation and for membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, should you wish to take up membership of either, or indeed both.
The two Faculties are working on a plan to accommodate your six-year entitlement to membership of both Faculties at a preferential rate at the time of separation.

If you have a question about the MFDS examination itself you should contact the College’s Exams team by phone on 020 7405 3474 (Option 3) or by email at MFDSExam@rcseng.ac.uk.
If you are an existing MJDF member and have questions about your membership then you should contact the College’s Membership team by phone on 020 7405 3474 (Option 1) or by email at Membership@rcseng.ac.uk.