Committed to the pursuit of excellence and quality in dentistry in Ireland, the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, recently announced the introduction of a new examination, the Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry (Dip PCD RCSI). The Diploma has been approved by the Dental Council and the examination has been developed in collaboration with the Irish Dental Association and the Irish Faculty of Primary Dental Care.

The examination consists of an MCQ examination and a Clinical Reasoning Assessment, which takes the form of a written paper. There is strong emphasis on clinical practice within both components of this examination. Further information, including regulations and the exam closing date can be found below. The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI also runs a monthly Postgraduate Dental Education Programme which provides a considerable amount of information which is relevant in helping candidates to prepare for this examination. Candidates who are successful in the Dip PCD RCSI may enter the MFD Part 2 directly (and are exempt the MFD Part 1) provided they meet all the requirements as set out in the regulations. The Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry, RCSI is also a stand-alone qualification.


Please click on the below links for further exam information:
Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry Exam Regulations [PDF]
Syllabus & Guidance Notes [PDF]
RCSI Examinations Calendar
Frequently Asked Questions


For application enquiries, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for the most common questions and answers. If you are unable to find the answer to your question, you are welcome to make enquiries by telephone or email. All Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry Exam queries should be directed to:

Ms. Nicola Whyte

Student, Academic & Regulatory Affairs (SARA) Department, RCSI.

Email: nThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Phone: +353 1 402 2515
You can apply for the examination online through the following link: postgradexams.rcsi.ie

Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry