The DPM examinations are now online with remote invigilation
Because of the ongoing concern for large gatherings and in order to ensure that examinations scheduled for 2020 could go ahead, FPM received GMC approval to run our examinations online in 2020/21.
The application period for the September/October (exact dates tbc) examinations will open in March 2021 and close August 2021.
For more information go to COVID-19 and examinations.
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.
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 - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
- DPM Part 1 exam entry: £375
- DPM Part 2 exam entry: £640
- DPM Part 2 resit exam entry SAQ or CAP: £320
2020 Exams schedule:
|Part 1||Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper||Wednesday 16 September 2020||09:00||2.5 hours||Online|
|Part 2||Short Answer Questions (SAQ)||Monday 12 October 2020||09:30||2.5 hours||Online|
|Part 2||Critical Appraisal papers (CAP)||Monday 12 October 2020||14:30||2.5 hours||Online|
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 (Updated for online exams) (401.83 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)
- Online exam protocols 2020 (282.66 KB)
- DPM Past Exam Papers from the 2017-2019 Part 2 exams (440.95 KB)
- DPM Examination Overview (April 2020 presentation) (722.83 KB)
- DPM Examination Top Tips for Candidates (343.10 KB)
- Example of a good SAQ answer (from 2019 paper) (136.89 KB)
- Slide Presentation on tips for studying for and passing the Critical Appraisal Paper (FPM Education Day 2015) (655.53 KB)