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A) ORE Part 1

The Exam​:

Part 1 is designed to test candidates’ application of knowledge to clinical practice.

It consists of two computer-based exam papers: 

  • Paper A covers clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease.
  • Paper B covers aspects of clinical dentistry, including law and ethics and health and safety.

All questions are mapped to learning outcomes in the GDC document ‘Preparing for Practice’ (PfP). 

Each paper lasts three hours and is made up of Multiple Short Answer questions (Extended Matching Questions and Single Best Answer Questions).

A candidate is expected to be able to show competence, knowledge and familiarity in the different aspects of dentistry which are outlined in the learning outcomes in the GDC’s document ‘Preparing for Practice’ (PfP). 

There is a maximum of 200 places available at each examination period.
You must pass both papers in order to progress to Part 2.

Location and Cost

The Part 1 exam is held at King’s College London and costs £806. Please note, the exam fee is not normally refundable. 


​​April 2019
​15 – 18 
July – August 2019
30 – 2


Your exam results will be sent to you by email. We will endeavour to release the results to you within 20 working days of the examination.

You will be given a percentage mark out of 100 for Paper 1 and for Paper 2, as well as an overall pass or fail award. As the examination is taken at a computer, the results are calculated as soon as you click ‘submit’. This ensures there is no room for error in this marking system and so we do not offer the opportunity of questioning the marks awarded. However, all results are quality assured after the exam by the exam board.

The GDC is not able to provide you with any feedback on your performance in this examination. However, approximately 40 working days after the examination, the Part 1 Supplier, King’s College London, will provide you with result feedback.

Upon passing Part 1, your name will be added to the Part 2 candidate list.

B) Licence in Dental Surgery Part 1 (LDS1)

The LDS Part 1 exam is comprised of two papers, each of up to three hours duration. The format will be the single best answer (SBA) and extended matching (EMQ) questions centred mainly on knowledge and its application to:

a) clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease

b) aspects of clinical dentistry, law and ethics, and health and safety

In order to progress to Part 2, both Part 1 papers will need to be passed at one sitting. If either paper is failed candidates will be required to re-sit all of Part 1.


An overview of LDS candidate eligibility is provided below. Read the LDS exam regulations and LDS Part 1 application guidance.

To be eligible to enter each part of the LDS exam all candidates must:

  • If registered on a course of study at a UK undergraduate dental school, produce evidence that they have satisfactorily completed a five-year curriculum as described and recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC) and have passed the dental schools final exams, and are registered with the GDC.
  • If in possession of a qualification awarded by an EEA university or licensing body that is recognised by the GDC for purposes of full registration in the UK, produce evidence of qualification, certificates of the courses of study attended and exams passed for such a qualification.
  • If holding a qualification awarded by an overseas university or licensing body that is not recognised by the GDC for purposes of full registration in the UK, produce evidence of qualification and a NARIC certificate. In addition, it is necessary to provide certificates showing that the studies and courses undertaken were in line with the standards described in the First Five Years: a Framework for Undergraduate Dental Education 3rd edition (interim) (General Dental Council, 2008). A NARIC certificate is required unless temporary registration with the GDC is current and can be verified.

C) Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF)

The Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF RCS Eng) is an assessment developed jointly by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)).

The MJDF is the most popular postgraduate dental exam in the UK: over 1800 dentists sat MJDF exams in the past year. It is the only dental exam that examines the skills and knowledge required in both primary and secondary care.

Career support from two dental faculties

After passing the MJDF exam, you will be a member of both RCS dental faculties. You will receive dedicated support on primary care dentistry from the FGDP(UK), and support on entering and practising in secondary care from the FDS.


Dental graduates can sit the MJDF exam if they hold a primary dental qualification. They should also normally be registered to practise dentistry in their country of residence.

While the MJDF exam is set at a standard comparable to that of all dental graduates who have completed a two-year foundation programme whether pursuing a career in general or specialist practice in either primary or secondary care, the assessment is not limited to recent graduates and is open to all practitioners.

For more information please read the following resources:

International applicants

Candidates whose names do not appear in the current UK dentists registry (General Dental Council) must submit evidence (in the form of original documentation or certified copies*) of the following:

a) Your primary dental qualification, together with the date of acquisition. The qualification you hold must be referred to on the World Directory of Medical Schools. If your qualification is not listed, you will need to provide a NARIC certificate.

b) Your registration document. 

* Copies of letters and certificates will only be accepted if they have been verified as a true copy. Attested copies must bear an original signature and official stamp (e.g. hospital stamp, university stamp, public notary stamp). Official English translations from a translation agency will be required for stamps or certificates that are not in English.