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Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD)

Exam overview

The Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD) is the only qualification recognised as the end point of training in one of the mono-specialties of restorative dentistry, i.e. endodontics; fixed and removable prosthodontics; periodontics.

After passing this bi-collegiate (RCS and RCPSG) exam, you can apply for a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in one of the above specialties. If accepted, your name will be added to the specialist list.


  • To be eligible to enter the MRD exam candidates must possess a dental qualification which can be registered in the Dentists’ Register and to graduates or diplomates in Dental Surgery.
  • Entry to the MRD exam is also dependent on evidence of satisfactory completion of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognised specialty training. 

Exam format

Candidates must elect to be examined in one of the following disciplines within restorative dentistry: 

  • endodontics
  • periodontics
  • prosthodontics 

The exam consists of the following components:

  • a three-hour written paper with three compulsory questions in the speciality of the candidate’s choice
  • a three-hour written paper with three out of four questions to be answered in general restorative dentistry
  • a 15-minute oral examination based on a 20-minute examination of the clinical records of a patient with a range of general restorative dental problems to cover assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis
  • a similar 15-minute oral examination based on a 20-minute examination of the clinical records of a patient in the candidate’s chosen specialty.
  • a 30-minute oral examination in which at least half will be in the candidate’s chosen specialty
  • a 45-minute presentation and oral examination of the case records of four patients treated personally by the candidate. Two must have received general restorative care and the treatment of the other two must emphasise the candidate’s chosen specialty.


The general restorative dentistry element of the exam will test the candidate’s broad-based understanding of the theory and practice of restorative dentistry set in the context of total patient care. The relevant basic and clinical science will be included. The specialist element of the exam will follow from this broad base.

Candidates are expected to be aware of recent developments in their specialist field.

The level of understanding of the following subjects should be appropriate to a three-year specialist training programme.

For full syllabus details please read the exam regulations document.

Documents for download

The MRD board have introduced a change in regards to the clinical section of the examination, plus extra guidance in regards to candidate case presentations and word count. All the updated information can be found in the documents below.

Exam dates

All applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Please read the exam guidance page before applying for any exam.

Title Applications and Fees Due Written and/or MCQ Papers Practicals and Orals Exam Fee Joining Fee
MRD 19 August 2016 31 October 2016 2 November 2016 £1250 Please contact Membership

Joining fee

There is a £150 Joining fee for those with FDS Royal College of Surgeons of England. An annual subscription is required to maintain the post-nominal letters.