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Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery: MFDS exam

On 18-09-2019 | Read time about 3 Minutes

The Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) is an assessment developed jointly by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

This exam can be taken by dentists at any stage of their career: newly qualified, those hoping to undertake specialist training or those working in general practice. The benefit of passing the MFDS exam is that you can add "MFDS (RCS England)" as post nominals to your name. This is likely to attract you better job opportunities as well as patients; particularly in the Middle-East and Asia. 

This post is the second of a two-part posts, specific to the the MFDS exam. Please read it along side with Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) Exam Guideline and Recommeded Books which details the format, fees as well as recommended books for exam preparation.

Who is eligible for MFDS exam?

Dental graduates can sit the MFDS exam if they hold a recognized dental degree certificate, and are registered to practice dentistry in their country of residence. The exam consists of two parts. This post covers part 1 of the exam

Part 1 includes:

150 questions single best answer questions
3 hours
Not negatively marked
Pass mark is different every year

Key Clinical topics


Ceph analysis – values
Angles’s classification
Appliances and interceptive orthodontics
Treatment planning
Radiographs esp to locate canines (B/P)
IOTN of submerged l/le, impacted canine or premolars


Classification and clinical presentation
BPE (lots of questions)
Miller’s grades of mobility
Periodontal Probes (markings and what they indicate, types of probes)
Radiography (what radiographs to take for example BPE scores)
Periodontal treatment options (including antimicrobial prescribing)

Restorative dentistry:

Reversible and irreversible pulpitis and signs and symptoms
Eruption dates and sequences
Different crowns and bridges
Fluorides (See Delivery Better Oral Health document)
Dental materials and percentages and various types of alloys (amalgam phases and content, composites – types, fillers, indications, impression materials)
Non carious tooth loss and treatment
Dental trauma and splinting (See Dental Trauma Guide)
Missing lateral incisors
Posts and systems

Medical emergencies:

Signs and symptoms
Drug box
Oxygen cylinder (sizes) – See BOC website
Drug regime
Chest compression and difference in various scenarios


  • FGDP booklet
  • Eric Whaites book
    Indications of radiographs
    When to take horizontal and vertical bitewings
    Nurses and radiology
    Radiographic badges
    NRPB and current body and role
    OPG/CBCT and other Xray exposure
    UK normal background radiation
    In case of accidental exposure
    How long to keep records
    How to report


Impression materials
Complete denture complains
Cast partial dentures

Oral surgery & medicine:

Cysts-radicular cysts
Histology of cysts
Dry socket
Pre-malignancy – predisposing factors
Orofacial pain and types and treatment
Sjogrens syndrome
Lichen planus
Signs and symptoms,diagnosis and management

Topic Credits: Dr Reena Wadia and Dr Kaushik Paul

Where is the MFDS exam held?

The MFDS Part 1 exam will be provided virtually, online and can be attended from your home.

What is the difference between MJDF and MFDS exams?

The MFDS exam replaces the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF) examination.