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Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine

The 2015 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine Examination (Parts 1 and 2)

The next exam will be held in September and October 2015 at Hamilton House Conference Centre, Bloomsbury, London.

Part 1 (MCQ paper) will be held on Wednesday 16th September 2015 and Part 2 (SAQ and Critical Appraisal papers) will be held the following month on Monday 19th October 2015.

More information can be found at the bottom of this page here.

The Faculty is evaluating how we can have the greatest impact internationally and while this is taking place we have decided not to offer the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine examination outside the United Kingdom in 2015. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

*** The PASS LIST for the 2014 DPM is now available to view HERE. ***


Candidates must possess a medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK and be included on an appropriate medical register in their home country.



Registration for the exam is completed online and to register, just click on the BOOK button below which will guide you through the application process.



The closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 3rd August 2015.

Please note our data protection statement.

Once you have successfully completed registration, an official exam confirmation letter will be e-mailed to you after the closing date containing full exam and venue details and your candidate number. Please note that refunds will not be given after the closing date.

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.

To download further details, including the exam information pack which contains the DPM syllabus, please click on the links at the bottom of this page.


Structure of the exam

The Diploma is a two-part examination. Part 1 consists of a multiple choice question (MCQ) paper and Part 2 comprises a Short Answer Question paper and a Critical Appraisal paper. The two parts of the exam are set on two separate days approximately 4 weeks apart.

Part 1 consists of an MCQ paper of 75 questions each with 5 completions (total of 375 completions) all to be completed in 2 hours 30 minutes;

Part 2 consists of:

  • a Short Answer Question paper of ten questions all to be completed in 2 hours 30 minutes;
  • a Critical Appraisal paper 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. 

Candidates may apply to sit both Parts 1 and 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.

A Pass in the Part 1 exam will be valid for a maximum of four attempts at the Part 2 examination. If a candidate does not pass the Part 2 exam after four attempts then the Part 1 pass will become invalid and the candidate will be required to re-sit Part 1.

The Syllabus

The syllabus for the DPM exam is based on the PharmaTrain 2010 Syllabus. Read more here.

The syllabus is divided into sections covering the following:


Discovery of Medicines


Development of Medicines: Planning


Non-Clinical Testing


Pharmaceutical Development


Exploratory Development (Molecule to Proof-of-Concept)


Confirmatory Development: Strategies


Clinical Trials


Ethics and Legal Issues


Data Management and Statistics


Regulatory Affairs


Drug Safety, Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology


Information, Promotion and Education


Economics of Healthcare




The entire syllabus is available to download here.

Information and forms

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