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How to join as a Fellow or a Member

The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes membership applications from surgical and dental surgeons all over the work at various stages of their career.  

The main route to membership is via the intercollegiate examination process. Our Dental and Surgical Examinations Directorate works jointly with our intercollegiate partners to facilitate various professional examinations. Success at these examinations enable surgeons and dental surgeons to then apply to become a Fellow or Member of the RCS or its Faculty of Dental Surgeons as appropriate.

Surgical membership

If you are already an established surgeon you can join the College via the following routes:

Transfer from another College

Applications can be made to transfer Fellowship or Membership if the appropriate Intercollegiate Examination has been passed and Fellowship or Membership has been granted by another College. The appropriate Fellowship examinations are run by The Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations or The Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examination. For membership the examination Intercollegiate Membership Examination must have been passed. Please email us for the appropriate form.

Apply for Fellowship ad eundem

Experienced surgeons who have not passed the relevant Fellowship Intercollegiate Specialty Board Examination or Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examinations, but consider they may be otherwise qualify for Fellowship ad eundem of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, may apply through the ad eundem process.

Further information and the application form

Apply for Membership ad eundem

Applicants who have not passed the Intercollegiate MRCS Examinations, but consider they might, exceptionally, be otherwise qualified for Membership ad eundem of the Royal College of Surgeons of England may apply via the ad eundem process.

Further information and the application form

Dental membership

Fellowship and Membership ad eundem

Dental Surgeons may be admitted as Fellows ad eundem provided they have passed the FDS examination with one of the other UK or Irish College or must be working in a post equivalent to consultant surgeon. Likewise Membership ad eundem is available to those who have passed a relevant equivalent examination with one of the other UK or Irish College.

Specialty Membership ad eundem

Dental Specialists may be admitted as Specialty Members ad eundem provided they have passed the FDS examination with one of the other UK or Irish College or must be working in a post equivalent to consultant surgeon.

Further information on both dental Membership and Fellowship ad eundem

Enrolled Membership

This membership category is available to RCS Dental Diploma holders who are not obligated to pay the Annual Statutory Subscription. Enrolled members may use the facilities of the College and have full voting rights in the election of an Enrolled Members’ Representative on the Board of Faculty.

Further information on Enrolled Membership

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