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Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine

Diploma in
DPM Part 1: Wednesday 18th September 2019
DPM Part 2: Monday 14th October 2019

Achieving a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) is a defining accomplishment in the career of any pharmaceutical physician. It is an affirmation of their knowledge and expertise in our specialty, and of 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 was awarded by the three UK Royal Colleges of Physicians until 1994 when responsibility was transferred to FPM.  It is considered a landmark achievement for any physician undertaking a career in pharmaceutical medicine.

2019 Examinations schedule:

The DPM qualification consists of two examinations, held approximately four weeks apart every autumn at a central London venue.

Part 1 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper will be held on Wednesday 18th September 2019

Part 2 Short Answer Questions (SAQ) and Critical Appraisal papers (CAP) will be held the following month on Monday 14th October 2019

2018 DPM Pass List



Examination 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.



Registration is open until 5pm on Monday 5th August 2019 after which time official exam confirmation letters containing full exam and venue details and your candidate number will be sent out.

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.



DPM Part 1 exam entry: £370
DPM Part 2 exam entry: £625




Withdrawal Policy: Please note that an examination candidate who withdraws from the examination must do so in writing.  Fees will be refunded to a candidate whose withdrawal reaches the FPM office before the closing date. A handling fee of £50.00 will be charged to candidates who withdraw between the closing date and the date of the examination. A candidate who does not appear for the examination or withdraws after commencing the examination will not be entitled to a refund.

Privacy Notice: Please note that if you are registered or anticipate being registered with the GMC, your personal data, including examination marks, will be passed to the GMC for quality assurance purposes and to facilitate the awarding of CCTs.

Structure of the exam

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;

Part 2 consists of:

  • a Short Answer Question (SAQ) paper of ten questions all to be completed in 2 hours 30 minutes;
  • 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 examination is sufficient to complete the papers working at a reasonable pace.  Please note our reasonable adjustment policy for candidates who may require additional time.

Candidates may apply to sit both Part 1 and Part 2 at the same time but only candidates that achieve a Pass in the Part 1 exam will be allowed to sit the Part 2 exam.

*For example, if a candidate passed Part 1 and is awarded a CPM in 2015:

  • The four opportunities for Part 2 are 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Therefore if a candidate does not pass Part 2 by 2018, then Part 1 will need to be repeated and passed in 2019 before attempting Part 2. 
  • If the candidate passed Part 1 in 2015, but then fails to take and/or pass Part 2 after four opportunities (i.e. by 2018 assuming no valid reason for extension) and then passes Part 1 in 2019 but fails Part 2 in 2019, the candidate will have to retake both parts of the DPM (Part 1 and Part 2) in each future calendar year until successful in both parts in the same year.
  • New for 2019: On completion of Part 1, candidates who pass the Part 1 exam are awarded a Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM).

    Canditates wishing to take Part 2 must have a CPM which has been awarded within the previous 4 annual sittings. If a candidate does not pass the Part 2 exam after four opportunities, then the CPM must be renewed by re-sitting Part 1 before every subsequent sitting of the Part 2 exam.*

    Note: Situations such as long term sickness may prevent a candidate from sitting Part 2 in a particular year.  In this case, the candidate may be entitled to an extension of the validity of their CPM. The extension of the CPM validity will be considered on a case by case basis by the Officers of the Board of Examiners.  Candidates should contact the FPM Examinations and Standards Manager ( with their justification if they wish to request an extension.

    GMC Exam Guidance

    Candidates are also reminded that the GMC has issued guidance on Expectations about the number of attempts at examinations.
    This states that:

    • no candidate will normally be allowed more than six attempts at an examination
    • after 6 failed attempts a candidate must provide evidence of additional educational experience to the royal college for each re-sit (including those not currently in GMC approved training programmes).

    Therefore applicable to both PMST and non PMST candidates, no candidate will be allowed more than 6 attempts at each of Part 1 and Part 2 without permission from the Officers of the Board of Examiners, and for PMST trainees additionally from the Pharmaceutical Medicine Deanery.

    DPM Digital Handbook

    To download further details about the DPM, please click on the links below.


    The FPM led a project in 2017 on behalf of the PharmaTrain Federation and the International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine (IFAPP) to update the 2010 PharmaTrain Syllabus (2010 syllabus). The output, the 2018 PharmaTrain Syllabus (2018 syllabus), was published in December 2017 and came into effect in January 2018. You can find the new 2018 syllabus and a list of the changes on the FPM’s ‘PharmaTrain Syllabus Revision Project’ webpage.

    The syllabus is used worldwide by the universities and course providers that design and run courses and exams in pharmaceutical medicine. The FPM uses the syllabus to write questions for the DPM exam.

    At a meeting of the FPM Education & Standards Committee, it was agreed that the FPM Board of Examiners would continue to use the 2010 syllabus for the 2018 DPM exam, and will start to use the 2018 syllabus for the exam in 2019. Therefore, pharmaceutical physicians who are planning to sit the exam in 2019 should work to the 2018 syllabus.

    A key consideration that the FPM Education & Standards Committee took into account was that some courses are taken over two years and a candidate sitting the 2018 DPM exam will have already completed one year of study in 2017 under the 2010 syllabus.