The next FFD examination will take place in November 2021. Candidates seeking approval to sit the FFD examination must submit their documentation for assessment. Our assessment portal will open for a limited period of two weeks from June 28th until July 11th.
Our primary concern is the safety and health of our candidates and examiners and adherence to COVID protocol, and the November FFD examination will therefore have a combination of both online and face-to-face components.
The face-to-face component of the exam will take place in RCSI, Dublin between November 24-26th 2021. The online component of the examination will be conducted remotely around late October 2021.
The written papers and the OSCE section of the exam will be conducted online. The VIVA’s and log diaries/case presentations will take place in a face-to-face environment at RCSI in Dublin. Each of the online written paper will be 3 hours in duration, consisting of a) 90 minute of 15 OSCE stations, immediately followed by b) 90 minutes of 10 short answer questions.
The Faculty intends to run examinations for all FFD specialties in November 2021.
Candidates seeking approval to sit the FFD examination must submit their documentation for assessment here. Our assessment portal will open for a limited period of two weeks from June 28th until July 11th.
Please note we will not be accepting new applications for assessment for FFD OSOM on this occasion as we are prioritising the November 2021 FFD OSOM examination for candidates who were approved during the 2020 FFD assessment window to sit the exam. The next date for assessment of OSOM applications will be in early 2022.
2022 Assessment Portal Dates:
The Faculty’s FFD assessment portal will be open on the following dates:
January 10th – 24th 2022
RCSI fully complies with the up-to-date Irish Government's guidance on all measures and restrictions related to Covid-19. Therefore, the arrangements for the FFD exams may be subject to change with short notice without any liabilities to RCSI which candidates accept by signing up to the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI’s 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 of Dentistry, RCSI will hold the FFD (OSOM) examination annually in April & November at RCSI, Dublin. All other FFD specialties will only take place in November of each year. The RCSI professional examinations calendar can be viewed here.
The FFD examination will be a combination of both online and face-to-face components. Candidates presenting for the FFD RCSI must complete all sections of the examination. The online element allows candidates to complete the written papers and OSCE component of the exam from the comfort of one’s own home. All other components of the exam will take place face-to-face in RCSI, Dublin.
The written papers and the OSCE section of the exam will be conducted online. The VIVA’s and log diaries/case presentations will take place in a face-to-face environment at RCSI in Dublin. The format for the online written papers will be a 90 minute 15 station OSCE, immediately followed by 90 minutes of 10 short answer questions. Details on the examination format for each speciality can be found in the FFD examination regulations section of our website.
No. You must complete the entire examination, which consists of both online and face-to-face components.
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.
To access the online FFD written paper candidates will require the following technology:
- Internet connection (ideally a hardwired ethernet connection, or alternatively Wi-Fi that has a high Mpbs speed)
- Desktop or laptop computer that has 4Gb RAM and has a webcam
- Windows 7+ or Mac 10.8+
We would advise candidates to ideally have a hardwired ethernet connection, or alternatively Wi-Fi that has a high Mpbs speed. You can check your Mpbs speed here - https://www.speedtest.net/
It is expected that candidates will have competency of typing at least 40 words per minute. Candidates giving concise knowledge to the questions will have no difficulties finishing the paper within the time allocated for the exam.
Yes, the examination is of exactly the same and equal standing.
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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.