BMS Course/ Part 1 MDS Examinations

The Division of Dental Graduates conducts the preparatory Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) course for candidates who are interested in sitting for the corresponding Part 1 MDS Examination.

Basic Medical Sciences Course

The Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) course highlights subjects that are of importance to the clinical practice of dentistry. Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the course in preparation for the Primary MDS Examination.


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Part I MDS Examinations

The examination is based on aspects of anatomy, dental anatomy and histology, physiology, pathology and microbiology which demonstrate the fundamental principles and processes and are of clinical application.


Candidates should have a general knowledge of Systemic Anatomy of the body, and a detailed knowledge of Regional Anatomy: the Head and Neck. They should also have knowledge of the Embryology, Histology, Neuroscience and Applied Anatomy of the Face and Oral Cavity.

Dental Anatomy and Histology

Candidates should have a detailed knowledge of the gross and histological structure, composition, development and functions of dental and related tissues and such aspects of embryology which relate to dental significance. They should also be able to understand applied anatomy with clinical dental practice and are aware of recent developments in the field of oral anatomy and biology.

Pathology and Microbiology

Candidates are expected to have knowledge of the following topics: cellular adaptations , cell injury and cell death; acute and chronic inflammation; tissue renewal and repair; haemodynamic disorders; thromboembolic diseases and shock; diseases of immunity; neoplasm (aetiology, genetics, oncogensis, pathology and biology); major tumours of oral cavity and salivary glands; infection and metabolic diseases of bone and other conditions relevant to the practice of dentistry.
Candidates should also have a general knowledge of microbiology and a detailed knowledge of those aspects which are important in dental surgery, wound infection and cross infection. They should have a general understanding of toxins, immunity, allergy and the actions and uses of antibiotics.


Candidates should have a general knowledge of the physiology of the main systems of the body and detailed knowledge of physiology of the mouth and the respiratory and cardio-vascular systems. They should also have some knowledge of human diets, the main nutrients and their metabolism, and normal growth and development, and principle of related Biochemistry.


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Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Membership Examinations

The Division of Graduate Dental Studies is an examination centre with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The Division may conduct the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth RCS Edinburgh) as well as the Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD RCS Edinburgh) Examination for Endodontics, Periodontology and Prosthodontics.

For updated as well as instructions on how to register for the examination, pls refer to the RCS Edinburgh Examinations webpage located at their website.

Interested applicants are to contact:

Information Centre

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
3 Hill Place, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 668 9222 Fax: 0131 668 9218

Application forms can be downloaded from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website.