Myth busters

The MJDF has changed and is improving all the time, ensuring that it remains the best choice to further your career. Here are some misconceptions about the award – and the facts.


Myth: The MJDF is more expensive than MFDS alternatives.

Fact: The MJDF is very competitively priced by comparison with MFDS alternatives. 2017 published prices indicate that the full MJDF qualification is indeed cheaper.


Myth: It takes longer to complete MJDF Parts 1 & 2.

Fact: The two-part qualification offers a regular cycle of exam dates, and Part 2 may be taken at any point after having completed 12 months’ full-time postgraduate experience in dentistry (longer for part-time).


Myth: The MJDF has less relevance than alternatives.

Fact: The MJDF encompasses dentistry in real practice. No other award of its type offers that breadth: bridging the increasingly porous divide between primary and secondary care. It’s the UK’s most popular postgraduate dental award.


Myth: The MJDF is harder to attain.

Fact: There is broad equivalence of standard between awards and they are similar in the commitment and duration of the assessment. A revised Part 1 exam was introduced in 2016, following a substantially revised Part 2 exam in 2015, which now runs over a single circuit comprising 14 stations, lasting under three hours: candidates attend either a morning or an afternoon session.