Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences

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, fees, and  dissertation titles for 2023.


Standard Setting Procedures for Diploma Examinations

Application forms

First time entry to the exam June 2023: Form A

Re-entry to the exam June 2023: Form R

Request for special examination arrangements: Form-Q

Applications for entry to the 2023 DFMS examinations are now open.

Please note: We are in the process of introducing a new online application form. You will first need to register via this link and leave your name and email address. A member of the team will then be in touch and provide access to the online form. Further information regarding exam sittings and closing dates can be found in the Administrative Guidance for Candidates document

Academic Policies for Candidates

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.

Candidate Code of Conduct

Candidate Misconduct Policy

Candidate Plagiarism Policy

List of Examiners

Pass Lists