Exam Details - Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry

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Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry

The Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry exam tests the knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to the practice of Paediatric Dentistry. This exam is designed for Dental Therapists and Graduates in Oral Health Sciences.

Exam Benefits

  • Prove that you have a core knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Demonstrate your competence in the diagnosis, treatment planning and delivery of Paediatric Dentistry within the scope of practice of a Dental Therapist

Exam Format

The Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry exam is divided into two components.

  • A written examination which consists of two written papers
    • Paper 1 is a two hour written paper consisting of six questions in the form of structured short answers (MSA)
    • Paper 2 is a 60 minute MCQ paper (Single Best Answers) consisting of a maximum of 60 questions
  • Simulated cases
    • A structured oral examination of four unseen clinical cases, each of 20 minutes duration. There will be 20 minutes preparation time before each case


Exam Fee: £495 

Exam Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry exam, all candidates must:

  • Be registered with the General Dental Council or equivalent international regulatory body.
  • Have undertaken and completed the online course for the Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Provide certified evidence of possession of a primary dental qualification in Oral Health Sciences or Dental Therapy that is acceptable to the College at the time of application for the RCSEd online course, which precedes the examination.
  • Ideally have gained two years post-qualification experience as a Dental Therapist or as a Graduate in Oral Health Sciences before applying, however this is a recommendation only.

Candidates will be permitted a maximum of four attempts at the examination.

Additional Information

Before applying for this exam, please ensure you have read and understood the relevant documentation.

Our Exam Policies and Procedures page will provide you with more general information about sitting an exam at the College.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Examinations Section

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 527 6406
Email: dental.exams@rcsed.ac.uk

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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Examinations Section

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 527 6406

Email: dental.exams@rcsed.ac.uk