FFD Examination

 FFD Official Application Dates:

FFD (OSOM) and FFD (Oral Medicine) only:  April 17th - 19th 2024 Exam (face-to-face in Belfast) - The Faculty of Dentistry application portal for new exam applicants will open between January 15th - 29th 2024. 

Previously approved FFD (OSOM) and FFD (Oral Medicine) candidates can apply for the April 2024 Belfast exam via the RCSI Posgraduate Exams website between February 12th - 26th 2024.  Previously approved candidates do not need to re-apply for eligibility assessment via the Faculty of Dentistry application portal.

All FFD specialty exams will also take place between November 13th - 15th 2024 in RCSI Dublin.

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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.

 Updated Regulations for FFD Examinations 

The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI recognises the very significant impact which the COVID pandemic has had on candidates preparing and presenting for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations. It is the aspiration that all examinations will be delivered “Face to Face” at RCSI Dublin, depending on and governed by the existing pandemic circumstances worldwide and in particular in Ireland at the time of the examinations. The Faculty have made some amendments to the written aspects of the FFD examinations to comply with the existing COVID advice at the RCSI. Therefore, the following information supersedes the information in the FFD Examination Regulations in regard to the Written aspects of the examination only. The written examinations will be delivered as follows:

Written Examinations will be held in the RCSI with the following sections:

  1. Short Answer Question Paper (90 minutes). This paper contains 10 short answers questions. Candidates are expected to write approximately 200 words in response to each of the 10 questions.

(The Short Answer Question Paper has replaced the Essay Papers in all FFD Examinations. Essay Papers are no longer a part of the FFD Written Examination)

  1. “OSCE Type Paper” (90 minutes) This paper consists of 15 OSCE Type Questions

Viva Examinations, Case Presentations and Clinical Scenarios

These aspects of the FFD Examinations will be held in the normal manner as outlined in the existing FFD Regulations

FFD OSOM and OM Part A

For the FFD Part A Examination. This examination previously consisted of an Essay Paper in the General Principles of Medicine and Surgery. This essay paper is now replaced by a Short Answer Paper as outlined above.

FFD OSOM and OM Part B

For the FFD in OSOM and FFD OM Part B there is no longer an Essay Paper. The Essay Paper is now replaced by the Short Answer Question Paper as outlined above.

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.

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 window 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 2023, circumstances permitting. 2023 FFD exam dates can be found 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

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.

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Edward Cotter



BA, B. Dent Sc, FFD RCSI, MS Prosthodontics


Edward Cotter graduated from Trinity College in 1988. He worked for two years in General Practice in Downpatrick Co Down. He received his specialty Residency training in Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa and his Fellowship training in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Edward is in practice limited to Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology in Dublin. He is a previous Secretary of the Board of Faculty of Dentistry. He is a previous member of the Board of the Irish Dental Association. He is a Past President of Metropolitan Branch of IDA.

Peter Ramsay-Baggs





Mr Ramsay-Baggs qualified from The London Hospital Dental School (QMC, U London) in 1976. He spent time in general dental practice in London before undertaking his specialist training with posts in Scotland and London prior to attending Queens University Belfast to undertake a medical degree. His training was completed in Northern Ireland. He obtained the FFD in 1987, FDS in 1989 and the FRCS in 1990. He was appointed Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in 1991. He was member of the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI in 2005, 2014-2017 and 2017-2020.

Joe Hennessy



BA, B. Dent Sc, MFD(RCSI), DClinDent(TCD), MOrth(RCSEd), FFD(RCSI)


Joe is a Specialist Orthodontist in Dundrum, Dublin and the Regional Orthodontic Unit ,Tallaght. He is an Orthodontic Supervisor in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and has served on the previous Board of the RCSI faculty of Dentistry. He is the Treasurer for the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI, is the Chair of the Audit and Finance committee and a member of the Education Committee for the Faculty. Joe is the Lead Examiner for the FFD in Orthodontics for the RCSI.
Joe qualified as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, obtaining a first Class Honours degree and winning the Sheldon Friel Prize for the overall highest grade in his final exams.

Osama E Omer



BDS Khartoum
MSc (1986) & PhD (1991) Manchester
FDSRCSI & FFDRCSI (Intercollegiate 1999)
Diploma in Health Services Management (Dip. HSM) Institute of Commercial Management, UK (2004)
University Diploma in Implantology (DIU), Lille (2010)
Associate Fellowship of American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AFAAID) (2011)


Served for a number of terms in the Board of Faculty of Dentistry RCSI and was Vice Dean during 2013-2015. Examiner FODRCSI since 2000. Former Director of Continuing Dental Education, Dublin Dental University Hospital during 2005-2010. Internal and External Examiner for under and postgraduate Dental Students. Research interests include Clinical Dental Materials and Restorative Dental Oncology. Published in local, regional and international dental periodicals. Member of various learned societies including the IADR, ISMR. Currently works as Associate Professor/Consultant in Restorative Dentistry/Restorative Dental Oncology, Dublin Dental University Hospital.

Sean Malone



BA, B. Dent Sc, FFD RCSI, Dip Clin Dent, TCD FICD


Dr Sean Malone graduated from TCD in 1980. He worked in the Dublin Dental Hospital, and Liverpool Dental Hospital, and in General Practice in U.K. He returned to Dublin in 1990, and worked in the Dublin Dental Hospital and in General Practice in Sandycove. Dr Malone completed his FFD in General Dentistry in 1992, and the Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in 2002. He was elected to the International College of Dentistry in 2008.He was a part time lecturer in the Dublin Dental Hospital from 1990 to 2000, from which time he devoted himself full time to Private practice. He is a past President of the Irish Dental Association. In his time as Board member of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI, he has organised the Annual Scientific Meeting for many years, and examined extensively in Ireland, the Middle East, and Sudan. Dr Malone feels that a strong voice for General Practice is of vital importance on the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Andrew Bolas



BDS 1991 Queens University, FFDRCSI Oral Surgery 1994, FDSRCS(Ed) Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine 1995, MSc Dental Radiology 2000 Kings College London, FICD 2018


Board Member RCSI 2019-2023, Assistant National Oral Health Lead HSE, Part time Lecturer in Dental Radiology, Dublin Dental University Hospital. Co-Chair of the National Radiation Protection Committee. Dental representative on the EPA Ionising Radiation Committee. National and International speaker on Dental Radiology and radiography. President of Irish Dental Association 2012.

Lorna Dobbyn



B.A. B.Dent.Sc (TCD), MFDS RCSEd, MDSc, M.Orth (RCSEd), FDS (Orth) RCSEd, FFD (RCSI), PGCert(MedEd)


I graduated as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and following the VT programme in Ireland I went to the UK for a variety of house officer posts. I subsequently went on to complete specialist orthodontic training at Dundee Dental School and then Consultant training at Glasgow Dental School in Scotland. My masters research was on evaluating outcomes in cleft care and I have maintained an interest in this area managing a spoke cleft centre. I have been head of the orthodontic unit in Galway University Hospital for the past 10 years and am the current chair of the Irish Consultant Orthodontist Group (ICOG). I have been involved in lecturing and examining for RCSI for the last 10 years. I am interested in teaching and training for the whole dental team. I would like to develop the role of the therapist in the public service in Ireland in order to improve efficiency and staffing levels. I would like to develop career pathways for all members of the dental team from nurses to specialists.

Albert Yeung


BDS Glasgow 1989

MMedSci Sheffield 1999


MPHe Manchester 2004



FHEA 2007

FFPH 2007

MPhil Manchester 2010

ACIEA 2020

MCGDent 2021


Current Post: 

Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Professional Adviser, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman