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Below we provide answers to frequently asked questions about the MJDF. For additional questions, please see Annex B in the Information for candidates document. For exam regulations, please read the MJDF regulations document.

If you have an MJDF query that is not answered here, please email us at or call 020 7869 6762.

General MJDF information

International MJDF candidates

What is the value of the MJDF measured against the old qualifications?

One of the defining characteristics of the MFDS was that it served as an entry requirement for specialist training. The GDC has decided that there will be no formal examination entry requirement, and selection is likely to be on the basis of a range of criteria demonstrating suitability. Possession of a postgraduate qualification (MFDS, MFGDP(UK), MJDF, or a non-College qualification) will play a part in demonstrating a candidate's suitability. However, it is not an absolute requirement.

The MJDF’s purpose and value is to confirm the acquisition of competencies at the end of the foundation training curriculum, for a dental career which may develop within either primary or secondary care.

I want to enter specialist training. Do I also need an MJDF in addition to my existing MFDS/MFGDP (UK)?

See above - in keeping with published GDC guidance, this is not a requirement currently.

Since the MJDF assesses competencies in the foundation training curriculum, is it relevant to a practitioner with several years' experience post qualification?

Yes – the MJDF will be the starting point for dentists who wish to develop their careers in a number of ways. With more flexible entry into specialist training, and the advent of concepts such as the Dentists with Special Interests (DwSIs), all practitioners should consider the MJDF as a valuable demonstration of having achieved the postgraduate competencies set out in the foundation training curriculum.

I have completed MFDS/MFGDP(UK). Can I use this to obtain exemptions from parts of the MJDF?

If you have completed MFDS or MFGDP(UK), you need only take Part 2 MJDF to gain that award, as long the components for which you are claiming credit and Part 2 of the MJDF are completed within the five-year period allowed by the regulations.

Is the MJDF registrable as an additional qualification with the GDC?

At the time of publication (Sept 2014), the GDC is not accepting new applications for registrable qualifications pending a review of its policy for approving such applications. This applies both to the MJDF and the MFDS of the dental faculties of the royal colleges in Scotland. On completion, the faculties will apply to the GDC for recognition as a qualification.

When do I receive my MJDF certificate?

Candidates may receive their certificates and use the MJDF post-nominal letters once they have paid for membership to the joint dental faculties. The annual membership fee entitles candidates use of the post nominal letters after their name. The certificate is evidence of this membership.

To attend the Diplomates Day ceremony and subsequently receive the certificate, candidates need to have paid their membership fee first. To receive their certificate in the post, candidates also need to have paid their membership fee first. This rule applies across the board since use of letters and the wording of the certificate is actively tied to the membership.

The MJDF is a membership qualification and the expectation is that candidates are taking the exam in order to become a member. The certificate alone implies that its owner is a member of the joint dental faculties.

What sort of visa do I need to sit the exam?

The functions of the MJDF examinations department are separate from those in charge of administering visas. Therefore, the MJDF examinations department is unable to advise on visas. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that they are permitted to be in the UK to take the exam that they are booked onto. For information on visas and entry to the UK, please contact UK Visas and Immigration.  

If pay for an exam and then are unable to obtain a visa, you will not be refunded your fees. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can obtain a visa before you pay for an exam.

I am overseas registered dentist. Should I submit original or certified documents?

To avoid the possibility of original documents being mislaid by postal services, it is recommended that all candidates supply only certified copies of their supporting documentation.

A correctly certified photocopy requires a consultant’s signature and the appropriate hospital stamp.

Please note that all hospital stamps should be in English or have an official translation provided.

If you choose to send original documents with your application form, we strongly recommend that you use recorded or special delivery (UK only) or international signed for (if overseas). All original documents will be returned to you using these methods to ensure their safe return.

Where can I find information on taking the MJDF Part 1 exam overseas?

For general information on MJDF Part 1 overseas applications, venues and fees please read this document.

Contact the exams department



For general exam queries please call 020 7405 3474

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Please fax us on (0)20 7869 6290

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