There are currently two qualifications in special care dentistry offered by the Royal Colleges.

We aim to support dentists interested in studying for these qualifications through full day courses and meetings throughout the deanery. We anticipate that some subjects covered in these meetings/courses will be of interest to the wider profession and will be open to all and not just those preparing for examinations. Further details are available on this site. If you are interested and would like further information please do contact us.

The Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (DSCD) is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and involves a self-directed learning programme and examination.

The examination has 2 sections:

Part A

  • A self directed learning programme based on a syllabus divided into 7 modules.
  • Assessment is by submission of a 2,000 -2,500 word assignment to be produced on one of two available questions for each module.

Part B

  • A multiple short answer paper of two hours
  • A simulated clinical examination of 15 minutes followed by an oral examination of 15 minutes
  • A general oral exam of 15 minutes relating to special care dentistry
  • 2 Clinical log diary cases on which there will be an oral examination of 30 minutes

Full details of the examination are available at the college website at:

The Membership in Special Needs Dentistry examination available from the Royal College in Edinburgh and is composed of 2 parts:

Part 1

a. Applied basic dental sciences

  • Combined multiple choice question and multiple short answer paper of 3 hours
  • Simulated clinical examination not exceeding 60 mins duration

b. Applied science relevant to special needs dentistry

  • Short answer paper of 3 hours
  • Oral examination of 30 mins

Part 2

Principles and practice of special needs dentistry

  • 2 written papers of 3 hours
  • 2 oral examinations of 15 mins
  • 2 oral examinations of 30 mins

 Full details of the examination are available at the college website at:

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