Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and is a pinnacle of achievement for the profession.

Fellowship merits the diversity of an individual’s expertise encompassing their achievements in delivering excellence in primary dental care, their ongoing commitment to professional development and reflective practice, and diligence in upholding the highest clinical and/or non-clinical standards in one or more of the following domains:

  • Clinical practice
  • Management and/or Leadership
  • Teaching, education and/or assessment
  • Research
  • Law & Ethics

Eligibility and Registration

 A general dental practitioner is eligible to apply for Fellowship if he/she meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Postgraduate qualification's
  • Registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) in the United Kingdom (or by an equivalent body approved by the Faculty)
  • Full FGDP(UK) membership for three consecutive years
  • Be of good standing with the GDC and FGDP(UK)



The total cost for Fellowship is £1900, which is paid in three stages as follows:

  1. Registration - £100
  2. Portfolio Assessment (part 1) - £900
  3. Peer Review Interview (part 2) - £900



The Faculty provides a number of resources to assist candidates in obtaining Fellowship of the FGDP(UK), including access to study group sessions, mentoring and various guidance documents.  Once a candidate is formally registered for Fellowship they will also have online access (on the Candidates and Assessors webpage) to additional resources such as powerpoint presentation slides, examples of portfolio submissions and more.


Study Groups

There are a number of Fellowship Study Groups across the United Kingdom designed to provide flexible support to candidates in multiple areas, including advice and guidance on building a portfolio, reflective writing, producing clinical, educational or research focused case studies, time management and information about the process for achieving Fellowship. 

Additionally, these groups arrange expert speakers to discuss a range of topics and provide a valuable opportunity for candidates (and potential candidates) to network, practice management and leadership skills and participate in peer review discussion amongst like-minded colleagues. 


The FGDP West Midlands fellowship Study Group

The Birmingham study group has had 4 successful candidates so far. The group meets about every six weeks and can help with compilation and structure of your portfolio.

The group is led by Peter Thornley  and Robert Morgan , both with  considerable experience in Post-graduate education .

Dr Morgan is the retired associate dean and  Dr Thornley has just completed a masters in medical education (with merit!) amongst his other qualifications.



“As dental professionals, continuing education is an essential part of our professional development and reflective practice. The FGDP West Midlands Study Club sessions offer an excellent opportunity to discuss several topics in dentistry, ensuring participants keep up to date with new concepts emerging in dentistry. These sessions also help maintain professional communication with other practitioners, increasing interaction providing the opportunity to gain knowledge though analysis from your colleagues and from respected opinion leaders directly. It is the quintessential opportunity for dentists to learn in a friendly environment.   

Personally, I travel from Malta to attend these sessions. In the past two years, the study club sessions have helped me in the preparation of the Portfolio of Evidence for the Fellowship for the Faculty of General Dental Practice. Different topics on the different domains of practice are discussed. This proved vital  for my success in achieving this award, which formally recognises a high standard of practice as a primary care dentist”. 

Dr Lara Cutajar Cassar

BChD, DipImpDent RCS (Eng), MSc ImpDent (Lond), FFGDP (UK)


The Group meets in the Priory Rooms, 5 minutes walk from snow hill station.

The Priory Rooms Meetings and Conference Centre
Quaker Meeting House,
40 Bull St,
West Midlands B4 6AF