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Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine

DPM Part 1 exam: September 2021

DPM Part 2 exam: October 2021

Exam news

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.


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.

How will the DPM benefit you?

  • The DPM is a qualification that is respected around the world
  • Increases your employability
  • Demonstrates that you are an expert on the theory and practical applications of pharmaceutical medicine
  • Sense of achievement, both academic and professional. The DPM is a challenge!
  • Paves the way to FPM Membership and Fellowship

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.

Entry Criteria

Candidates must possess a medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK or be included on an appropriate medical register in their home country. All candidates must be registered as medical practitioners.

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

You need to be registered with this website to use online exam registration and card payment is made at the point of booking. The deadline for registration is 17:00 on 14 August 2020.

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.

Privacy Notice: If you are registered or anticipate being registered with the GMC, your personal data, including exam marks, will be passed to the GMC for quality assurance purposes and to facilitate the awarding of CCTs. Please note our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

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:

The DPM qualification consists of two exams, held approximately four weeks apart every autumn. The start time is as for UK, so GMT (BST).
ExaminationDateStart timeDurationLocation
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

Examination guidance

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.

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