MJDF and the modern dental career

Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF) 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.

This examination replaced:

  • Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (MFGDP[UK])
  • Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS RCS Eng)

In November 2019, the Joint Dental Faculties of The Royal College of Surgeons of England announced plans to replace MJDF with new programmes of assessment. The announcement is available here.

In March 2020, in agreement with the 4 surgical Royal Colleges, it was agreed that we would be postponing all exams and courses until September as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. This includes MJDF exams. We will make further announcements about the resumption of exams in due course.


The aim of the MJDF is to assess knowledge, application of knowledge and candidates’ understanding of the structures and processes required to provide quality-assured dental healthcare after completion of a two-year foundation programme for all dental graduates – whether they are pursuing a career in general or specialist practice in either primary or secondary care.

Relying less on traditional tests of knowledge and more on workplace-based demonstration of competencies, the MJDF provides a modern, innovative assessment for today’s dentist.