Status update:

The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI is delighted to inform candidates that the MGDS RCSI examination will be delivered in an online format in November 2021. Applications are now open. Please note, that availability will be limited for the November 2021 MGDS examination. Further details regarding the new format can be found below. 

The Faculty is also pleased to announce an online series of lectures specifically for candidates preparing for the newly formatted MGDS online examination. Further details and registration can be found here.

The Membership in General Dental Surgery Examination (MGDS RCSI) is an international exam open to all dentists, in all parts of the world. The scope of the examination is broad and covers all aspects of general dental practice.

We have made some slight changes to the format of the MGDS RCSI examination in order to streamline the delivery of the examination online. The examination may be delivered in a variety of formats. It will be delivered remotely (on-line) at least until the existing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are completely resolved. The updated regulations can be viewed here.

MGDS Exam Fees: €1000 Euros

The Membership in General Dental Surgery Examination has one paper which consists of two sections:

Section 1 Clinical Reasoning Assessment (CRA):

  • Two hour written paper (Twenty Short Structured Questions assessing clinical knowledge and reasoning in Dental Practice)

Section 2 Single Best Answer (SBA):

  • One hour written paper (Sixty single best answer questions assessing aspects of General Dental Practice)

The MGDS Examination standard will be set at a higher level than the MFD RCSI examination.

The MGDS will be awarded to those who pass both sections of the examination. The passing mark is based on the performance in both sections of the examination.



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Please browse through the links to find out more about the MGDS RCSI Examination.

If you would like further information regarding MGDS RCSI and how it would influence your professional practice – contact Emma Scally, SARA Office, RCSI at +353 (1) 402 8617 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your personal details.

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