The diploma is managed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The exam has two parts.
- Part 1 is organised jointly by the two colleges.
- Part 2 is organised by each college separately.
The format for each exam is the same wherever it is held. Sittings are held at least twice a year in the UK. Exams overseas will be held according to demand.
Part 1 of the exam includes two written papers of three hours:
- The first paper consists of short answer questions.
- The second includes multiple choice and extended-matching questions.
You will be awarded either a pass or a fail.
You can only sit Part 2 of the MFDS exam with written confirmation that you have passed Part 1.
The exam consists of an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) of two hours. You will be awarded either a pass or a fail.