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Diploma in Restorative Dentistry (DipRes)

Exam overview

Examination in the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry (DipRes) is a culmination of continuous assessment over the two-year period of the course. Taking the form of two documented, evidence-based case studies, the exam is a test of both the academic and surgical attainments of the exam participant. Exam cases are based upon treatments undertaken in a participant’s daily practice.


Education and Training Requirements

In order to be accepted for the final assessment, candidates must have completed the following:

  • attendance and completion of all study days
  • completion and pass all MSAs for each unit
  •  completion and pass all assignments (including SI) for each unit
  • completion of cumulative log record for the duration of the course
  • completion (and sign off) of all 20 mini-cases
  • completion of 8 written-up cases (2 of these cases are examined and the remaining 6 are classified as ‘learning cases’)

Exam format

Candidates obtain agreement from their tutor to undertake cases as part of the course. The ‘tutor sign off’ confirms that the case has been planned as part of the small group tutorial work.

It is expected that the clinical case management is managed appropriately by candidates. It is expected that candidates will have discussed and planned their learning and exam cases with tutors as part of the tutor group discussions. Candidates are responsible for the final decision as to whether a case may or may not be suitable for submission as either an assessment case or learning case.

It is strongly recommended that candidates initially submit one case for critique to ensure that the format of case submissions is correctly adhered to. This is recommended to prevent candidates submitting multiple cases with repeated errors. Cases should be submitted to the respective administrators in London/Manchester who will log the submissions and pass cases onto the course directors for feedback.

Participants are expected to submit each case one month prior to the deadline whenever possible.

Assessment details

Successful candidates will be able to publicly demonstrate their commitment to patient safety and best interests. Previous students have been able to offer a range of additional patient services post-course. 

The assessment is organised by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP). To apply for the assessment, please visit the FGDP website.

More information

Further details can be found at the FGDP website

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