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Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine

The 2014 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine Examination (Parts 1 and 2)

From its inception until 2012 the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine was a single examination comprising several different papers, all of which had to be passed at the same time to achieve an overall pass. In 2013 the structure of the Diploma changed so that is now a two-part examination, the parts of which have to be passed sequentially.

The next exam will be held in September and October 2014 at Hamilton House Conference Centre, Bloomsbury, London. The exam will also be held on the same dates in Singapore.

Part 1 (MCQ paper) will be held on Wednesday 17th September and Part 2 (SAQ and Critical Appraisal papers) will be held the following month on Monday 20th October.

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th August 2014.

More information and the application form can be found at the bottom of this page 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.

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.