Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences

COVID-19 Update

From Tuesday 17 March 2020, all examinations and assessments that are due to take place between March and August 2020 will be postponed. Our aim is to ensure that medical staff and health care workers are available to help health services cope with COVID-19. A second aim is to minimise any risk, however small, of transmitting the virus to other groups. Our priority is to look after our members, staff and associates, so they can focus on protecting patients

It is with regret that we have to cancel the examination due to be held on 18 June 2020.  We are planning to reschedule this at some point after September 2020.  For now, we ask all candidates to enter the exam as required by 5.00pm on Thursday 23 April 2020 and submit the completed  dissertation as normally required by 5.00pm on Thursday 28 May 2020.

If candidates have commitments relating to COVID 19 that require them to withdraw we will allow them to be either entered into the next diet of take a refund and enter when they next wish to.

EXAMINATION FEES - see the Administrative Guidance for Candidates

The examination entry fee is £780. 

The re-entry fee for the whole exam is £780. 

The re-entry fee for the written paper only, is £430. 

The re-entry fee for the dissertation only, is £390.

More information will be made available in due course.


Established 1998
This examination was originally offered by the Medical Faculty of the University of Glasgow and transferred, after some adaptation, to the Society in 1997. The Diploma is intended to demonstrate knowledge of forensic medical sciences for those who are involved with or interested in medico-legal work. It is open to registered medical practitioners, dental practitioners, lawyers and others with experience of forensic medical sciences who have completed the part time course run by the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences in London, which is also run on line, or, until 2018, by the University of Glasgow.

For information on the course held in London please see www.afms.org.uk

Examination documentation

Guide to the Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences  - (incorporating the Regulations and Syllabus)

Administrative Guidance for Candidates (including the examination timetable and fees, and dissertation subject for submission by the specified deadline)

Policy for Candidates seeking Special Examination Arrangements

Standard Setting Procedures for Diploma Examinations

Application forms

The deadline for the receipt of applications for 2020 has now passed.

First time entry to the exam June 2020: Form A

Re-entry to the exam June 2020: Form R

Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q

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

List of examiners

Pass Lists