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. 

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.

What is the MJDF?

Run by the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, 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.

What is the structure of the MJDF?

In order to pass the MJDF you must sit and pass two separate examinations; the Part 1 and Part 2 exams. More information can be found here.

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.

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.

More Information

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