Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine

Established 1978

The examination is designed as a postgraduate qualification primarily for members of the healthcare professions although it is open to a number of other graduates and certain undergraduates. The Diploma was revised extensively in 1993.

The Diploma is intended to indicate familiarity with contemporary philosophy of medicine and in particular with the philosophical aspects of problems within the theory and practice of medicine and healthcare; and with selected aspects of the history of philosophy related to those problems.

Candidates for the examination must have participated in the Society's Faculty's Course in the Ethics and Philosophy of Healthcare. The aim of the course is to introduce participants to some aspects of philosophy relevant to healthcare; to give an opportunity to reflect on practice; to consider critically some concepts and arguments used in discussion of healthcare and some of its dilemmas; to articulate and to defend points of view of their own, while taking counter-arguments into account and bearing in mind the grounds and limits of argument.

Examination documentation

Guide to the Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine (DPMSA) - (incorporating the Regulations and Syllabus)

Administrative Guidance for Candidates
(including the examination timetable, fees and the various deadlines).

Policy for Candidates seeking Special Examination Arrangements

Application Forms

The deadline for applications for 2018 has now passed.

First time entry to examination 2018: Form A

Re-entry to examination 2018: Form R

Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q

List of Examiners

Sample Questions

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


The prize is in memory of Professor Sydney Selwyn (1934-1996), a medical microbiologist and bacteriologist, bone marrow transplant pioneer, and world-class expert in the history and development of medicine. The prize is awarded to the best candidate in the Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine examination.

Pass Lists

Pass List June 2017
Pass List June 2016
Pass List June 2015
Pass List June 2014
Pass List June 2013
Pass List June 2012
Pass List June 2011