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Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF)

Exam overview

The Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF RCS Eng) is an assessment developed jointly by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)).

The MJDF is the most popular postgraduate dental exam in the UK: over 1800 dentists sat MJDF exams in the past year. It is the only dental exam that examines the skills and knowledge required in both primary and secondary care.

Career support from two dental faculties

After passing the MJDF exam, you will be a member of both RCS dental faculties. You will receive dedicated support on primary care dentistry from the FGDP(UK), and support on entering and practising in secondary care from the FDS.

Eligibility

Dental graduates can sit the MJDF exam if they hold a primary dental qualification. They should also normally be registered to practise dentistry in their country of residence.

While the MJDF exam is set at a standard comparable to that of all dental graduates who have completed a two-year foundation programme whether pursuing a career in general or specialist practice in either primary or secondary care, the assessment is not limited to recent graduates and is open to all practitioners.

For more information please read the following resources:

International applicants

Candidates whose names do not appear in the current UK dentists registry (General Dental Council) must submit evidence (in the form of original documentation or certified copies*) of the following:

a) Your primary dental qualification, together with the date of acquisition. The qualification you hold must be referred to on the World Directory of Medical Schools. If your qualification is not listed, you will need to provide a NARIC certificate.

b) Your registration document. 

* Copies of letters and certificates will only be accepted if they have been verified as a true copy. Attested copies must bear an original signature and official stamp (e.g. hospital stamp, university stamp, public notary stamp). Official English translations from a translation agency will be required for stamps or certificates that are not in English.

Please post the evidence to the following address:

MJDF
Examinations Department
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom

Changes to MJDF Part 1 and 2 exams

The MJDF has evolved over time in order to ensure that the exam continues to meet the needs of the dental profession. The latest phase in the exam's evolution will come with the introduction of a revised Part 1 exam from April 2016. The new format will comprise of 150 Single Best Answer (SBA) questions within a single three-hour paper.

The revised Part 2 exam was introduced in February 2015. The exam now runs over a single circuit comprising 14 stations, and lasts under three hours with candidates attending either a morning or afternoon session. By contrast the old Part 2 exam had two separate circuits (one OSCE and one SCR) and often took up a full day of candidates' time.

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the Faculty of Dental Surgery believe that the new Part 1 and Part 2 exams present candidates with a much improved experience, while still ensuring that the appropriate skills and knowledge are tested.

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