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Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS)

Exam overview

The purpose and value of MFDS is to confirm the acquisition of competencies at the end of the foundation training curriculum, for a dental career which may develop within either primary or secondary care. You can read more about the MFDS exam at

Individuals with a primary dental qualification (e.g. BDS or equivalent) from a recognised institution in the UK or overseas are eligible to sit the examination.

The examination has two parts: a written paper for the Part 1 and a structured professional skills assessment for the Part 2. Both examinations offered in the UK and overseas centres.

This exam replaces the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF) examination.


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 please read the following resources:

International applicants

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.

Please post the evidence to the following address:

Examinations Department
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
United Kingdom

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