Exam Details - Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) Part B

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Changes to Requirements for Case Submissions June 2020

Please note that it is no longer essential for Clinical Cases to be finished before the start date of the examination. You will be expected to have completed a significant proportion of the proposed treatment. To find out more, click here.

Changes to the Examination Structure from May 2021

Please note that the Structured Oral in aspects of Orthodontics will cease and the Communications Component will be extended to four scenarios. To find out more, click here.

Changes to the Part B Examination Delivery 2021

Please note Part B diets for 2021 will all be delivered online. To find out more, click here.

Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) Part B

The Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) exam assesses a candidate’s core knowledge and competence in the field of orthodontics at a level expected of a specialist practitioner. Passing this exam demonstrates a high level of expertise in the planning and carrying out orthodontic treatment. 

The Examination consists of two parts, Part A and Part B. Both Parts of the Examination must be passed for the award of Membership.

Exam Benefits

  • Opportunity to demonstrate a core knowledge of Orthodontics and to exhibit a high level of competence in the planning and provision of orthodontic treatment
  • Candidates who are successful in both parts of this exam will be granted Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the College (on payment of such election fee and annual subscription)

Exam Format

The Membership in Orthodontics Part B is a clinical examination, consisting of three components:

  • Component 1 is a two hour diagnostic exam (in two sections) related to treatment planning and patient care with four sets of patient records
  • Component 2 is a one hour oral exam based on four documented clinical case histories (15 minutes per case) each describing a patient personally treated by the candidate. No marks are awarded for the case presentations, and marks are awarded for the oral examination only
  • Component 3 is a one-hour Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) over 4 scenarios on aspects of communication relating to orthodontic treatment.


Exam Fee: £1500

Exam Eligibility

To be eligible to enter for the Membership Examination, all candidates must:

  • Possess a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Have satisfactorily completed a period of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) in appropriate posts, courses and programmes of specialty training. Candidates may, however, enter themselves for Part B after two years (or part-time equivalent) at the time of sitting, provided their programme director has signed their application form to suggest satisfactory progress has been achieved in their programme. 

Full details can be found in the exam documentation.

Candidates will be permitted a maximum of four attempts at the Part B exam.

Additional Information

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