Achieving a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) is a defining moment in the career of any pharmaceutical physician. It affirms their knowledge and expertise in our specialty, and their commitment to enhancing the health of society.
It also opens up the opportunity to become an FPM Member (MFPM) and, ultimately, a Fellow (FFPM), accolades that are held by some of the most exceptional and innovative pharmaceutical physicians in the world.
The Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) was established in 1976 and has been passed by almost 900 individuals. It is considered a landmark achievement for any physician undertaking a career in pharmaceutical medicine.
The DPM is an qualification comprised of two parts. Once a candidate has passed DPM Part 1 they are eligible to sit DPM Part 2. Candidates who pass DPM Part 2 are awarded the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine
- You can start with the Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM) and progress on to DPM when you are ready.
DPM Awardees video
What are the benefits of taking the DPM?
Dr Shilpa Govindraj, Dr Ugochukwu Stephanie Igwe, Dr Imran Lodhi and Dr Babatunde Oyesile talk about the benefits of taking the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Registration and fees
Online registration for the DPM exams in 2020 will be available here from mid April to early August 2020. You need to be registered with this website to use online exam registration and card payment is made at the point of booking.
DPM Part 1 exam entry: £375
DPM Part 2 exam entry: £640
DPM Part 2 resit exam entry SAQ or CAP: £320
Withdrawal Policy: A candidate who withdraws from the exam must do so via email. Fees will be refunded to a candidate whose withdrawal reaches the FPM office before the published closing date. A handling fee of £50.00 will be charged to candidates who withdraw between the closing date and the date of the exam. A candidate who does not appear for the exam or withdraws after starting the exam will not be entitled to a refund.
If you are a physician in PMST or undergoing revalidation through an approved designated body, you should discuss the outcome of any exam at your next ARCP or revalidation appraisal respectively.
2020 Exams schedule:
|Part 1||Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper||Wednesday 16 September 2020||Hamilton House Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD|
|Part 2||Short Answer Questions (SAQ) and Critical Appraisal papers (CAP)||Monday 12 October 2020||Hamilton House Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD|
Having a solid foundation in the pillars of Pharm Med (RGN, Clin Dev, Clin Pharm, DSS, HMP, SDM) equips you with the core skills required for any role in pharma.
A recent DPM awardee
A pass in the first exam awards a Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM) and is also Part 1 of the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM). The CPM/DPM Part 1 must be passed before candidates are eligible to sit DPM Part 2.
CPM/DPM Part 1 is a Multiple Choice Question paper (MCQ) of 75 questions, each with five possible answers, all to be completed in 2 hours 30 minutes;
DPM Part 2 consists of a Short Answer Question (SAQ) paper of ten questions all to be completed in 2 hours 30 minutes; and a Critical Appraisal paper (CAP) in which candidates have 2 hours 30 minutes to study a published paper and answer questions on it.
The time allowed for the written exam is sufficient to complete the papers working at a reasonable pace. See our reasonable adjustment policy (pdf) for candidates who may require additional time.
Please refer to the Guidance and regulations for DPM candidates (pdf) for details of changes implemented in 2019, whereby a Part 1 pass is now final leading to an award of CPM and Part 2 candidates who pass one of the papers but fail the other, do not have to retake the paper they passed at the subsequent 3 exam sittings.
- Guidance and Regulations: DPM Candidates (313.00 KB)
- Exam Specification: Certificate and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (384.31 KB)
- Syllabus: Certificate and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (read this along with the Guidance and Regulations for Candidates) (225.55 KB)
- Reasonable Adjustment Policy (207.13 KB)
- Examination Appeal Procedure (322.98 KB)
- Sample MCQ (163.84 KB)
- DPM Past Exam Papers from the 2017-2019 Part 2 exams (756.50 KB)
- DPM Examination Top Tips for Candidates (343.10 KB)
- Slide Presentation on the Format of the DPM (FPM Education Day 2014) (610.36 KB)
- Slide Presentation on tips for studying for and passing the Critical Appraisal Paper (FPM Education Day 2015) (655.53 KB)