MFDS Part 1
The MFDS consists of Part 1 and Part 2 exams. Candidates will normally be allowed a maximum of five years in which to complete all parts, but will need to pass Part 1 before progressing to Part 2.
Part 1 consists of 150 Single Best Answer (SBA) questions within a single three-hour paper. The questions carry equal marks. The exam is not negatively marked and there are no trick questions. An example question can be found in section 5 of the MFDS Candidate Guidance.
You can find more information about the MFDS exam on the MFDS England information website.
Education and Training Requirements
To be eligible to enter the MFDS Part 1 exam, all candidates must:
- possess a primary dental qualification acceptable to the boards of the dental faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, and should normally be registered to practise dentistry in their country of residence;
- have complied with all of the MFDS Exam Regulations.
Format of Examination
Part 1 consists of one paper assessing knowledge and applied knowledge. This includes 150 Single Best Answer (SBA) questions within a single three-hour paper. The questions carry equal marks. The exam is not negatively marked and there are no trick questions.An example question can be found in section 5 of the MFDS Candidate Guidance.
The examination will be conducted remotely, online.
UK and Ireland Exams
UK and Ireland
Apply before: 02 Aug 2023
- ONLINE, United Kingdom
Middle East, Europe & Central Asia
Apply before: 02 Aug 2023
- ONLINE, A.P.O.
Candidates required to provide their Primary Dental Qualifcation must now provide these documents via email.
Please send scanned copies of your original documents to DentalEligibility@rcseng.ac.uk. Do not post in your document to our offices.
Upcoming Exam Dates
The MFDS Part 1 examination will be delivered via online remote examination - you can read our remote delivery guidance for more information.
MFDS Part 1 April 2023
Application Deadline: 1 February 2023 | Exam Date: 12 April 2023
MFDS Part 1 October 2023
Application Deadline: 16 August 2023 | Exam Date: 25 October 2023
Regulations and Guidance
Got a question? Get in touch...
All MFDS Exam queries should be emailed to MFDSexam@rcseng.ac.uk
All document submissions for eligibility should be emailed to DentalEligibility@rcseng.ac.uk
Candidates should not post any documents to our offices.
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