Exam Details - Membership in Primary Dental Care

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Membership in Primary Dental Care

The Membership in Primary Dental Care exam is designed to assess the range of knowledge and understanding that underpins clinical patient management within the primary care setting. The expected standard is that of a practitioner who has undertaken extensive postgraduate training, at a level considerably beyond that of a graduating dentist.

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Exam Format

The Membership in Primary Dental Care exam consists of two parts:

  • Part 1 - Written Paper
    The purpose of the written paper is to test applied knowledge and clinical judgement across the range of General Dental Practice Disciplines outlined in the learning outcomes. The paper will be split into two halves, each consisting of multiple short answer (MSA) questions. Each half will be of two hours duration with a short break in between. The total time permitted for the component is four hours.
  • Part 2 - Unseen Case Structured Oral Examination
    This component consists of eight simulated clinical cases designed to assess a candidate’s skills in diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical judgement. The candidate will have 20 minutes to evaluate each simulated case prior to the case oral examination. Each case oral will be of 20 minutes duration.


Full Exam Fee: £1,600

Written Paper Only Fee: £800

Exam Eligibility

To be eligible to enter for the examination all candidates must provide certified evidence of:

  • Possession of a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • Engagement in the clinical practice of dental surgery for not less than five years (or part-time equivalent) after obtaining a basic dental qualification.
  • Completion of 250 hours of continuing professional development in the five years immediately prior to the date of the Examination. A minimum of 75 of these hours must be verifiable.

Additional Information

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

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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