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 General Dental Practice (UK) and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 

The MJDF is the UK’s most popular postgraduate dental examination with over 1,800 people taking the MJDF examination in 2014. With the letters MJDF after your name, you are able to demonstrate that you have passed an internationally recognised examination of your competence in practice.

Why should you take the MJDF?

The MJDF is the only examination of its type that recognises that the vast majority of dentistry takes place in the primary care setting, and examines you on the skills and knowledge you actually use in practice. Some skills that bridge the divide between primary and secondary care are also tested, making the MJDF a good stepping stone towards specialism. Wherever your career takes you, the MJDF is a relevant test of your skills and knowledge.

Two Faculties for less than the price of one

The MJDF is run by The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). Upon successfully passing the MJDF you can choose to become a member of the RCS and its two dental Faculties. That means, you get dedicated support on primary care dentistry from the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and support on entering and practising in secondary care from the Faculty of Dental Surgery. 

No other Royal College offers a package of support to rival that provided by the dental faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons.

What does it involve?

Developed by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, it replaces the following diplomas:

  • Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (MFGDP-UK) 
  • Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS RCS Eng).

What is the difference between the MJDF and the old MFDS qualifications? 

 All parts of the new foundation training curriculum will be assessed in both Part 1 and Part 2 of the MJDF. Parts 1 and 2 replace parts A, B and C of the MFDS RCS Eng. In addition, a portfolio of evidence will be required to be awarded the MJDF.

The MFDS served as an entry requirement for specialist training. According to the General Dental Council, there will now be no formal examination entry requirement. Selection is instead now on the basis of a range of criteria demonstrating suitability.

A postgraduate qualification – MFDS, MFGDP (UK), MJDF, or a non-college qualification – will play a part in demonstrating your suitability. However, it is not an absolute requirement.

The MJDF will confirm your competencies for a dental career that may develop within either primary or secondary care.

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

Who is eligible for the MJDF diploma?

The MJDF can be awarded to candidates who have a primary dental qualification acceptable to the boards of the dental faculties at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

This examination may be taken at any point within clinical dentistry. Candidates do not need to have completed 12 months post graduate experience in order to sit Part 1.

What is the structure of the MJDF diploma?

In order to pass the MJDF you must sit and pass two separate examinations; the Part 1 and Part 2 exams.

MJDF Part 1 

The Part 1 examination consists of 150 multiple choice questions designed to assess your knowledge and applied knowledge. The Part 1 examination is a single paper of 3 hours’ duration.

MJDF Part 2

The Part 2 examination is a test of your professional skills and knowledge in a more practical environment. The exam comprises 14 stations of which 11 are examined and 3 are preparatory stations. The Part 2 exam is approximately 3 hours in duration.

You will not be examined on anything that is outside of the scope of day to day general dental practice.

More information can be found here

How do I apply for MJDF?

You will need to create an account, register and pay online directly with the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Please apply online by following this link.

What do I need to register for the part 1 exam?

Application can be made online only at the Royal College of Surgeons website. 

  • If you have provided a GDC number you do not need to send in any documentation
  • If you have not provided a GDC number, please post in evidence of your primary dental degree and a copy of your registration documentation as listed on the checklist to the following address:
MJDF Exams Department
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • Please note documents need to be originals or certified copies and a certified English
  • translation provided if they are in another language
  • Certification of copies must be done by the University from which you graduated
  • The certification should:

a) Confirm that it is a true copy of the original document and state that any photo is a true likeness of the document owner

b) Clearly state, in capital letters, the name, position, address and telephone number of the person who has certified the document

c) Be signed, dated and stamped with the official stamp of the university

Please note that applications must be received by the closing date stated on the MJDF website. Late applications will not be processed. 

When is the next Part 1 exam and how much does it cost?




Registration deadline

Part 1

10 April 2018


18 February 2018

Part 2

27 - 30 March 2018


Until full

Part 2

24 - 27 October 2018


Until full

How will I receive my results?

Results will be sent by post. Feedback will be provided with your results letter if you were unsuccessful and can be provided if you were successful if you request it in writing.

How can I apply for membership of the faculties?

If you successfully complete the MJDF diploma you will be eligible for joint membership of the two faculties for a period of three years after completion. 

At the end of this three-year period, you can choose to join either faculty or continue with membership of both.

How do I postpone my exam or get a refund?

Any cancellation or withdrawal of application must be done in writing. The candidate will be refunded the fee with 20% administrative charge deducted provided that the withdrawal is received before the closing date of the examination.

Candidates who withdraw from the examination after the closing date, or who fail to attend the examination, will not normally be entitled to any fee refund. Refunds will only be granted under exceptional circumstances, such as on medical or compassionate grounds. Requests for transfer of fees must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the candidate’s general medical practitioner, postgraduate dental dean or a local tutor in order to be considered. The supporting material must also explain the reasons why the fees cannot be deferred.

Failure to comply with the regulations, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements, will not be considered sufficient grounds for a refund.

Do you organise exams for people with disabilities?

if you have special needs owing to a disability or specific learning difficulty, please  contact the Royal College directly during registration. You should provide a copy of an educational psychologist report or supporting evidence where necessary.


Find out more about the diploma and the exam

Visit the MJDF website or email to find out more. You can apply online here.

For enquiries about registration in Cairo, send us a message.

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