The next FFD examination will take place between April 27th - 29th 2022 in RCSI, Dublin and this diet will be conducted entirely face to face. Our assessment portal will open for a limited period of two weeks from January 12th - 26th 2022.
For those sitting FFD Part A, the format of the Part A paper will consist of a three hour written paper examination in the General Principles of Medicine and Surgery. For all FFD exam specialties, the format of the written part of the examination will include a 90 minute, 15 station OSCE paper, to be followed by 90 minutes of a 10 short answer questions paper. Please note that the length, format and timing of the written papers and other aspects of the examination may be subject to change for operational/health and safety reasons which we will communicate with candidates where applicable. The FFD examination will also include Viva's and case presentations, where relevant, on a face-to-face setting at RCSI in Dublin.
The Faculty intends to run all FFD exam specialties in April 2022, circumstances permitting.
Candidates seeking approval to sit the FFD examination in April 2022 must submit their documentation for assessment here. Our assessment portal will open for a limited period of two weeks from January 12th - 26th 2022.
Candidates who are deemed eligible to sit FFD RCSI must submit their formal application & exam fee between February 9th – 23rd on the following website: postgradexams.rcsi.ie
Please note from January 2022 candidates who have received previous approval to sit the FFD examination from the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI no longer need to re-apply for new approval via our assessment portal and should instead proceed directly to the postgradexams.rcsi.ie website to submit a formal application and proceed with paying the full exam fee online (by credit or debit card).
A further diet of the FFD examination will take place between November 2nd – 4th 2022 at RCSI for all specialities.
2022 Assessment Portal Dates for New Applicants:
The Faculty's FFD assessment portal for new applicants will be open on the following dates:
April 2022 Examination: January 12th - 26th 2022
November 2022 Examination: June 13th - 27th 2022
RCSI fully complies with the up-to-date Irish Government's guidance on all measures and restrictions related to Covid-19. Therefore, the FFD exams may be subject to change with short notice without any liabilities to RCSI. Candidates will accept this guidance by signing up to the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI examinations.
The Specialist Fellowship Diploma of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, will be granted to those who are eligible to sit for and pass the examination.
The Faculty of Dentistry Fellowship examinations (FFD) are normally conducted in April and November each year. Updates regarding the application window for candidates seeking approval to sit the FFD examination will be posted on this page.
Once you are sure that you meet the eligibility criteria, please begin your application.
FFD Frequently Asked Questions
The requirements to present for the FFDRCSI examination are as follows:
- BDS/B Dent Sc. or equivalent basic undergraduate Dental Degree
- Evidence of satisfactory completion of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent not normally exceeding six years) training. Candidates are required to submit certified, documented evidence of their training/relevant hospital positions.
Evidence of satisfactory completion of three years full-time training must be submitted to the Faculty. OSOM & ORD training can be completed in different institutions but evidence of this must be provided at the time of application. For all other specialities training must be completed in the same institution.
Candidates interested in sitting the FFD RCSI examinations must submit their documentation for assessment, during a specified period of time, to the Faculty of Dentistry FFD assessment Portal which can be accessed here.
The assessment portal will open twice a year for a limited period of time. Details of the next assessment widow can be viewed on our Faculty website here.
The Faculty of Dentistry will be in contact with you shortly after you submit your documents for assessment. If you deemed eligible to sit the FFD exam, you will be sent an approval letter which you will need in order to officially apply for the exam and pay your exam fee. You will officially apply for the exam and pay your exam fee through the RCSI postgrad admin system and further details regarding this will be included within your approval letter.
The Faculty intends to run all FFD exam specialties entirely face-to-face in April and November 2022, circumstances permitting. The RCSI professional examinations calendar can be viewed here.
The format of the written part of the examination will include a 90 minute, 15 station OSCE paper, to be followed by 90 minutes of a 10 short answer questions paper. Please note that the length, format and timing of the written papers and other aspects of the examination may be subject to change for operational/health and safety reasons which we will communicate with candidates where applicable. The FFD examination will also include Viva's and case presentations, where relevant, on a face-to-face setting at RCSI in Dublin.
Applicants who withdraw from an examination before the examination closing date will have the application fee refunded, less a 20% administrative charge. Applicants who withdraw after the exam closing date, or who fail to attend, will forfeit the fee paid in full. If work commitments prevent your attendance, the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI is not responsible for the refund of any part of the application fee. Transfers are not normally permitted.
If you are unable to travel to Ireland for the exam due to a local Covid restriction within your area/Country, your application would be transferred to future exam sitting.
There may be occasions when your attendance is affected by circumstances beyond your normal control. In this instance an application for exceptional circumstances must be submitted as detailed in the Professional Exams – Exceptional Circumstances Policy. Applications of this nature must be made within 14 days of the date of the examination.
Please refer to the Irish Government travel advice website for up to date travel information: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice
Please refer to the Irish Government travel advice website for up to date travel guidance: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice
In order to become a Fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI you must have successfully completed a Fellowship Examination of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI. The Fellowship is not normally awarded by affiliation.
If you pass Part A of the examination you will be exempt this section for the following 4 diets.
Candidates who hold a medical degree are exempt from Part A. Please note that only the FFD OSOM and FFD OM have been divided into Part A and Part B. Under the new “on-line” arrangements, the rest of the FFDRCSI Specialties are in a single part (On-line written + face-to-face examination)
No refund of fees or transfer of exam will be allowed once a candidate sits their written papers. Refund/Transfer of fees will only be allowed in advance of the written papers and only in the case that a candidate cannot travel due to Covid restrictions or in the case of very special circumstances.
The Specialist Fellowship Diploma of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI is registrable in the Register of Dentists for Ireland as an additional qualification provided that the name of the holder already appears in that Register. Details regarding the registration of the diploma may be obtained from the Registrar, Irish Dental Council, 57 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. The Diploma does not entitle the holder to admission to the Register of Dental Specialists in Ireland.