Status update on the current situation with the FFD examinations:

The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI's primary concern is the safety and health of our candidates and examiners. With this in mind we wish to advise candidates that we are hoping to hold the FFD examinations in person in-mid 2021. We would like to deliver our FFD examinations in a face-to-face environment, and we are hopeful that with the realistic prospect of vaccination, testing and improved ease of travel that this will be possible. Previously we had hoped to deliver our examinations remotely/online. This will not be possible at the moment. Further updates will be provided in due course. For now, please stay safe and well and be reassured of our best wishes.

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.

All information pertaining to the FFD RCSI examination is provided below, however if you have any questions, please visit our FAQs section below, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

The Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI will hold the FFD (OSOM/OS) 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 current cost of the FFD examination is €1000.

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.

Evidence of satisfactory completion of three years full-time must be submitted to the Faculty. Training can be completed in different institutions but evidence of this must be provided at the time of application.

Details on the examination format for each speciality can be found in the FFD examination regulations section of our website.

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.

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.

FFD Examination