The Philosophy of Medicine (DPMSA)

Dr Andrew N Papanikitas BSc (Hons) MA MBBS DCH MRCGP DPMSA PhD
NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, Oxford University
Director, WSAL Course in Philosophy and Ethics
Ethics and Philosophy Editor, London Journal of Primary Care
Portfolio GP, Oxford, London and Bucks

The course runs in parallel with the History of Medicine and is intended to give a grounding in philosophical aspects of medical practice, including ethics, as applied to clinical practice.

It also provides preparation for those wishing to take the Society of Apothecaries' diploma examination (DPMSA).

Course fee - £800 (£600 for undergraduates, proof of student status required) includes membership of the Wellcome Library.

The Faculty has a limited number of bursaries towards the examination fee on a first come first-served basis. There are some external busaries available towards the course fees,  please look at the Prizes page on the website.

Course information 2017-18
Course Programme 2017-18 (subject to changes)

Course information 2018-19
Course Programme - draft 2 (dates correct)
Course application form 2018-19
Course terms and conditions (please sign and return with application form)

Contact: Maria Ferran,  Faculty Manager  
Telephone: 020 7236 1189.

Eligibility, application and fees for the diploma examination are run separately by the Examinations Office; details can be obtained here.
For futher information about the Essay title, click here: DPMSA-Essay-2017-18



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.