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Tricollegiate Membership in Paediatric Dentistry (MPaed Dent)

Exam overview

The Diploma of Membership in Paediatric Dentistry (MPaed Dent) is a tri-collegiate specialty membership exam, run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCS Ed)

Successful completion of the MPaed Dent examination is one criterion along with other non-examination criteria required prior to recommendation for entry onto the specialist list by the relevant deanery/HEE local office in the case of candidates with an NTN.

Extension to Examination Application Window within Training

The Joint Meeting of Dental Faculties has agreed to extend the window in which dental specialty trainees can sit surgical Royal College examinations as part of the training programme. Currently, trainees are not able to sit these examinations until six months before they are due to complete training. In future, they will be able to sit up to twelve months before they are due to complete training, provided they have the support of their Training Programme Director. Further details can be found here.


  • To be eligible to enter for the exam all candidates must provide certified evidence of possession of a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the colleges.
  • Candidates may apply for entry to the examination having completed 2.5 years of full-time or equivalent part-time training acceptable to the colleges. The training should preferably be continuous but in some cases breaks in training may be permitted. The total training period should not normally exceed 6 years.
  • In addition, all candidates must fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

    (i) Have normally completed at the date of commencement of the exam a minimum of 30 months of a full-time 3 year training appointment (or pro-rata for part-time
    trainees) in appropriate posts, courses and programmes.

    (ii) Have completed at least 30 months full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half-time over a maximum of six continuous years) of speciality training overseas or in the EEA in a programme of speciality training which is acceptable to the colleges.
  • Candidates who do not exactly fulfil the above requirements may apply for special consideration of their experience by submitting the full details at least four months before the closing date of the examination diet they wish to apply for.

Exam format

The exam consists of four components. At their first sitting, candidates must attempt all four components. At any subsequent sitting, candidates must attempt all outstanding elements of the exam. 

The exam consists of:

  • a written paper of three hours duration.
  • submission of three case presentations.
  • four simulated cases – testing diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • a clinical governance project. 
  • candidates should refer to the document ‘Guidance to Candidates’ which can be downloaded from the college websites or obtained by post from the colleges. This contains further information on the exam structure.


The curriculum for this exam is based on the General Dental Council’s learning outcomes for paediatric dentistry.

How to apply

Each tri-collegiate membership exam is administered by one of the surgical royal colleges as stated below. Applications should be sent directly to the administering college. For more information on the exam please use the below link

Tri-Collegiate Membership in Paediatric Dentistry - RCS Edinburgh

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