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The MFDS Examination

Part 1

  • This examination will be held at least twice a year in the UK.
  • This examination consists of two written papers, each of three hours' duration.
  • Paper 1 consists of multiple short answer questions.
  • Paper 2 consists of multiple choice questions (single best answer type) and extended matching questions.
  • Candidates will be awarded a pass or a fail.

Part 2

  • Candidates must have written confirmation of a pass in Part 1 before they may apply to sit Part 2. International diets will be held according to demand.
  • This examination will be held at least twice a year in the UK. Overseas diets will be held according to demand.
  • This examination consists of an objective structured clinical examination totalling two hours' duration.
  • Candidates will be awarded a pass or a fail.

Purpose of the MFDS Examination

The MFDS examination is intended to provide evidence of knowledge, understanding and clinical competence beyond that recognised by the primary dental qualification.

Award of the Diploma will indicate that the candidate has enhanced his/her knowledge and understanding to a standard equivalent to that expected of an individual with two years' postgraduate experience. This will be demonstrated by the ability to display clinical judgement by the efficient and effective assimilation of the essential problems relevant to the clinical case and to the patient. It will further be demonstrated by the ability to explain and make discriminating recommendations regarding the clinical findings and treatment requirements to a patient in a manner the patient can understand.

The curriculum for the MFDS examination is defined in A Curriculum for UK Dental Foundation Programme Training published by the UK Departments of Health and which is available via College websites: ».

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible to enter for the Diploma examination all candidates must provide evidence of:

Part 1

  • Possession of a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Councils of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Part 2

  • Written confirmation of a pass in Part 1 in either the MFDS (Edinburgh, Glasgow), or other examinations accepted by and detailed on the websites of the two Royal Colleges;
  • Completion of 12 months' full-time postgraduate experience in clinical dentistry before the closing date for entry to Part 2. Normally, equivalent part-time experience will be acceptable if gained within a period of four years.

Application for Admission to the Examination

Applicants may enter each part of the examination through either College, but may only enter through one College at each sitting. Any candidate who has entered an examination through more than one College at the same sitting will forfeit the fee for each additional application.

Applications for each part of the examination must be received by the closing date specified in the examinations calendar. Applications received after the closing date will not be processed.

Applications for admission to the examination must be fully completed and accompanied by the full amount of the fee payable for the examination.

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Useful Materials

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Examination Date

Announcement of Part 1 Exam in Riyadh this October, please click the link below: »


Prof. Colin Murray

Professor of Restorative Dentistry

Dubai School of Dental Medicine, Dubai

Professor Colin Murray graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1991. Following service as a Royal Navy Dental Officer working within both primary and secondary dental care environments, he was appointed as Clinical Lecturer / Honorary Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry at University of Glasgow Dental School in 1998.

Professor Murray was Glasgow Dental School's nomination for the UK DDU Dental Teacher of the Year Award in 2007 and 2008. He has served on several national NHS dental committees and the Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group (of the British Society for Dental Research) Management Committee.

Professor Murray's research interests encompass both clinical and laboratory research with a focus on clinical immunology aspects of host inflammatory and immune responses to infection. His principle research theme relates to cytokine networks within oral inflammatory disease processes to infection. As a hands-on clinical academic, Professor Murray also engages with clinical trials within Restorative Dentistry at University of Glasgow Dental School & Hospital related to both Infection & Immunity and BACS Research Groups.
Prof. David Wray

Dean, Dubai School of Dental Medicine, Dubai

Professor David Wray MD (Honours), BDS, MB ChB, FDS RCPS (Glasgow), FDS RCS (Edinburgh), F Med Sci, graduated in both Dentistry and Medicine in Glasgow University before becoming a Fogarty Fellow in NIH, Bethesda, USA.

He worked for ten years in Edinburgh Dental School as a Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine and Pathology prior to taking up the Chair of Oral Medicine in Glasgow University in 1993. He became Associate Dean for Research in 1994 and was appointed as Dean of Dental Education in Glasgow University from 2000 to 2005. He was Clinical Director of Glasgow Dental Hospital between 2004 and 2009. He was made Emeritus Professor in Glasgow University in 2011. He was a Dental Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for 20 years, President of the British Society for Oral Medicine.

He was President of the West and East of Scotland Branches of the British Dental Association, chaired the NICE guideline on the prevention of infective endocarditis with antibiotic prophylaxis in 2008. He chairs the Dental Advisory Group of the British National Formulary. His research interests include oral ulceration, candidal infections, mucosal immunology and facial pain. He has over 100 publications including 5 books and over 20 chapters in books.
Dr. Kurt Busuttil Naudi

Clinical University Teacher in Oral Surgery (Dental School)

Kurt Busuttil Naudi graduated BChD from the University of Malta in 2001. He then went on to work as a House Officer and later as a Senior House Officer at St. Luke's Hospital, Malta. He then moved to Glasgow and from 2004 to 2005, was appointed as a Senior House Officer within Glasgow Dental Hospital & School; during which time he obtained his MFDS from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow.

In 2005 he was appointed as a Specialist Registrar in Surgical Dentistry and in 2008, on completing his specialist training, successfully obtained his MSurgDent from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Kurt was appointed as a Clinical University Teacher in Oral Surgery at the University of Glasgow in 2009.

Kurt's main research interest is in Bone Biology. His main focus being in the area of bone bioengineering with the use of Bone Morphogenetic Protein and various synthetic scaffolds in the repair of critical-size craniofacial defects.
Dr. Donald Thomson

Specialist in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology

Donald trained in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology in Glasgow and Dundee and is a consultant in Dundee Dental Hospital.

Donald has considerable experience in teaching and examining in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the British Society for Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology and the International Association of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, and is also a member of the Central Council of the European Academy of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology.
Dr. Toby Gillgrass

Glasgow Dental Hospital & School, Glasgow

He is a Consultant Orthodontist with responsibility of cleft and craniofacial anomalies based in Glasgow.

He has been a Member of Dental Council since 2008 and the SAB in Orthodontics since 2005. He is presently Overseas Lead for the Membership in Orthodontics Exam.

MFDS Syllabus

The syllabus below has been devised with reference to the Curriculum and lists the main subjects that may be assessed in the MFDS examination.

The list is intended not to be prescriptive but to give candidates a guide to the topics that may be included. Furthermore, because the MFDS examination is an external assessment of the knowledge and understanding that underpins direct patient care, there are certain competencies in the Curriculum which are not covered by the syllabus (please see the note at the end of the Syllabus). Some competencies (e.g. removal of carious tooth structure) relate to a manual skill and their acquisition can be demonstrated only in the workplace. Other competencies (e.g. practice management) are not clinically related. Legislation that impacts on dentistry is also excluded from the syllabus on the grounds that it varies across different jurisdictions within the UK. In particular, candidates should note that the Management and Leadership domain of the Curriculum includes many competencies that will not be assessed in the MFDS examination. Because there are many of them, they are listed as a footnote to the Management and Leadership section of the syllabus.

It is important, furthermore, to remember that the MFDS is not a specialist examination and that the level of knowledge expected in any area of the syllabus will not exceed that which would be expected of a dentist who has two years? experience of clinical dental practice.

Successful candidates will be able to recognise and deal safely with the non-specialist problems that may be met in the routine practice of any branch of dentistry, treat dental trauma and acute dental pain and accurately diagnose and plan treatment of a wide variety of routine dental conditions with reference to new and emerging technologies in dentistry.

Candidates will be expected to have a sound basic knowledge and understanding of applied anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry sufficient to interpret the effects of common dental diseases and injuries on the systems of the body especially, but not exclusively, in the head and neck. They are expected to have an understanding of cell biology and applied histology which enables them to understand the normal and disordered function of dentally important tissues and organs. A detailed knowledge of embryology is not required but the pathogenesis of common developmental abnormalities important in dentistry may be examined. A working knowledge of the therapeutic actions and toxic effects of drugs commonly used, in particular in the treatment of dental conditions, will also be required. Candidates must have an understanding of those aspects of pathology, immunology and microbiology that are relevant to dental practice.

Patient Examination and Diagnosis

  • History Taking
    • Dental History
    • Medical History
      • Systemic diseases and other disabilities
    • Social, cultural, nutritional, psychological and genetic factors
  • Clinical Examination
    • Skull and Jaws
      • Mandible, maxilla and temporomandibular joints
      • Control of jaw position and movement
      • Muscles of mastication and facial expression
      • Sensory and motor function of mouth and jaws
    • Oral Cavity
      • Mucosal, periodontal, dental and pulpal health and disease
      • Saliva and salivary glands in health and disease
      • Dental arch alignment and occlusal relationships
      • Dental plaque formation, and composition
    • Special investigations in relation to dentistry
      • Radiology and other imaging techniques
      • Pathology and histopathology
      • Microbiology
      • Immunology
      • Haematology
      • Biochemistry

Treatment Planning and Patient Management

  • Consent
  • Preventive Management
  • Treatment Options
  • Prognoses, Outcomes and Follow-up

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

  • Concepts of prevention of oral and dental disease
  • Risk factors for oral and dental disease
  • Epidemiology of dental and oral disease
  • Patient and population level health management
  • Applied pharmacology and therapeutics
    • Prescribing and monitoring

Medical and Dental Emergencies

  • Dentofacial Trauma
  • Circulatory Collapse
  • Life Support
  • Drug Interactions
  • Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Anaesthesia, Sedation, Pain and Anxiety Control

  • Local and General Anaesthesia
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Anxiety Management

Periodontal Therapy and Management of Soft Tissues

  • Periodontal Diseases
  • Rationale for Periodontal Treatment
  • Tooth Hypermobility and its Management
  • Pathological Interactions of the Pulp and Periodontium, and their Management
  • Chemical Antimicrobial Therapy: Basic Pharmacology and Antimicrobial Profile of Drugs in Common Use
  • Healing Processes and Outcomes in the Periodontium
  • The Aetiology and Conservative Management of Gingival Recession

Surgical and Non-Surgical Management of the Hard and Soft Tissues of the Head and Neck

  • Pathology of Neoplastic and Non-Neoplastic Disease of the Head and Neck
  • Oral Medicine
    • Diagnosis and management of common oral mucosal, salivary gland, bone, connective tissue and joint disorders
    • Craniofacial Pain
  • Oral Surgery
    • Exodontia and Dentoalveolar Surgery
    • Diagnosis and Management of Ectopic Teeth
    • Minor Soft Tissue and Salivary Gland Surgery
    • Periradicular Surgery
    • Recognition and Management of Complications
    • Diagnosis and Management of Odontogenic Infections
  • Oral and Facial Trauma
    • Classification and Presentation of Facial Fractures
    • Basic Management of Jaw Fractures
  • Therapeutics in relation to Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine

The Developing Dentition

  • Development of the face, palate and tongue
    • Common malformations e.g. cleft lip and palate
  • Growth of the Jaws
  • Development of the Dentition
    • Developmental Disorders of the Teeth
  • Establishment of the Occlusion
    • Biology of Tooth Movement
  • Oral Habits
  • Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment
    • Space Maintenance
  • Removable Appliance Therapy
  • Orthodontic Indices
  • Malocclusion
    • Assessment Methods
    • Orthodontic Management
    • Restorative Management
    • Principles of Surgical Management
    • Principles of the Management of Orthognathic Deformity

Restoration and Replacement of Teeth

  • Applied Dental Materials
  • Dental Caries and Toothwear
    • Risk Factors
    • Preventive and Restorative Management
  • Endodontics
    • Assessment and management of pulpal and periradicular lesions
    • Preparation and obturation techniques
    • Restoration of the non-vital tooth
  • Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
    • Prosthesis Design
    • Clinical and Laboratory Stages of Prosthesis Manufacture
  • Dental Implants
    • Principles of Assessment, Provision and Restoration
  • Dental Trauma
    • Classification and Presentation of Dental Trauma
    • Management of Dental Trauma


  • Explanation of treatment options and procedures
  • Motivation of patients to change oral health
  • Communication of bad news
  • Management of difficult situations
  • Management of patients with special needs

Professionalism and Ethics

  • Ethical and Medico-Legal Aspects of Dentistry
    • Consent, confidentiality, data protection, disclosure, negligence and equality issues
  • Professional Knowledge
    • Basic Statistical Concepts
    • Concepts in Evidence-Based Dentistry
    • Principles of Clinical Trial Design and Snalysis
    • Evaluation of Research Findings
  • Standards of Personal Conduct
  • Management of Complaints
  • Effective and Ethical Decision Making
  • Health and Safety Issues
    • Infection Control
  • Use of Guidelines

Management and Leadership

  • Record Keeping
  • Risk Assessment
  • Use of research data and evidence-based knowledge
  • Principles of health and safety and infection control
  • Safety issues in dental radiography

Important Note:

This examination is an assessment of the candidate's knowledge and understanding of matters relating to direct patient care. However, the Curriculum domain "Management and Leadership" includes many competencies that relate specifically to the business of running a practice in the National Heath Service. Candidates will not be examined in this part of the Curriculum. Thus, there will not be questions about practice management, contractual arrangements, selection and maintenance of equipment, remuneration systems, employment legislation, the legal issues relating to health & safety, the structure, rules and regulations of the NHS, financial matters or business planning. The only topics from this domain that may be included in the examination are those listed in the syllabus above.

Venue and Contacts

Venue: 7th Floor, An Namuthajiyah Campus, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, King Fahad Road, Riyadh, KSA
Contact Us:
Dr. Hassan Saleem
Director of Internship Training Program, RCsDP
Telephone No.: +966 1 2931177 ext. 118
Mobile No.: +966 505530104
Email Address:
Ms. Cherry Jabines
Course Coordinator
Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy
Telephone No.: +966 1 2931177 ext. 108
Mobile No.: +966 535003314
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