Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes


The Diploma is designed to demonstrate thorough specialist knowledge for those practitioners who are required to provide a medical and surgical response at the scene of major man-made and natural disasters. It is intended for civilian and military physicians, surgeons, dentists and nurses, who will work as members of medical response teams.

By means of the syllabus, it co-ordinates the preparation of personnel and establishes a level of skill for those working in the catastrophe situation. It is also intended to provide a means by which organisations can identify suitable personnel from those who volunteer to respond to such worldwide crises.

The Diploma is designed to assess the candidate's cross-specialty and organisational knowledge and awareness for the provision of a variety of medical and surgical responses.

The Society also runs a 12-month course to fulfil the requirements for admission to the examination. It is held in London one Saturday per month and begins each January.  Details are available from the link at the bottom of this page or from the Course Administrator (FacultyCC@apothecaries.org).

Further Information

In addition to the London date, the Examination is also held at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, and in the Netherlands; these examinations are limited to US and Dutch candidates respectively.

Examination Format

The Diploma examination comprises a written, short answer question paper and an objective structured clinical and skills examination. Candidates sit both elements on the same day or subsequent days.

Full details are provided in the Guide to the Diploma and the Administrative Guidance to Candidates.

Examination Documentation

Guide to the Diploma in The Medical Care of Catastrophes (DMCC)
(incorporating the Regulations and Syllabus)

Administrative Guidance for Candidates

Reading List:  The recommended reading list is available to download from the Course of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine’s web page

Policy for Candidates seeking Special Examination Arrangements

Standard Setting Procedures for Diploma Examinations

List of successful dissertations 1994 - 2014

Application forms

First time entry: Form A

Re-entry: Form R

Request for special examination arrangments: Form Q 

List of Examiners

The Hudson Rusby Leigh Prize

Examination Review and Appeal Procedure

The Society's Review and Appeal Procedure gives information about feedback, review and appeal. Candidates who seek a review or appeal should note that there is a fee payable, the amount of which is given the the relevant Guide to the Diploma, including the Regulations and Syllabus.

Examination Review and Appeal Procedure

Pass Lists
Pass List (Netherlands) October 2016
Pass List April 2016 PGMO
Pass List (Netherlands) March 2016
Pass List (CCMC) February 2016
Pass List (Netherlands) September 2015
Pass List (Part II - July 2015)
Pass List April 2015 - PGMO
Pass List (Netherlands) March 2015
Pass List (Part II - March 2015)
Pass list February 2015
Pass list (Part II - February 2015)
Pass list (Part II - September 2014)
Pass list (Netherlands) September 2014
Pass list April 2014 PGMO
Pass List (Netherlands Part II March 2014)
Pass List (Netherlands March 2014)
Pass List (February 2014)
Pass List (Part II  - October 2013)
Pass List (August 2013)b
Pass List (August 2013)a
Pass List (April 2013)
Pass List (Part II - April 2013)
Pass List (February 2013)
Pass List (December 2012)
Pass List (June 2012)
Pass List (April 2012)
Pass List (March 2012)
Pass List (February 2012)
Pass List (December 2011)
Pass List (September 2011)
Pass List (July 2011 )
Pass List (April 2011)
Pass List (Feb 2011)
Pass List (Oct 2010)

Useful links

Catastrophe & Conflict Medicine course 

RSM Catastrophe & Conflict Forum

Humanitarian and Conflict Research Institute (HCRI) of the University of Manchester

The DMCC is now formally linked with the Masters programme in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response delivered by the Humanitarian and Conflict Research Institute (HCRI) of the University of Manchester.  Diplomates holding the DMCC may be eligible to receive up to 45 credits through the accredited prior learning (APL) scheme - applications will be considered on a case by case basis and should be submitted via the usual online route as detailed at www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk/study-with-us/.  This link also provides details about the structure of the programme which comprises 120 credits plus 60 credits for the dissertation.