Diploma in the History of Medicine

From Tuesday 17 March 2020, no examinations or assessments will take place before September 2020 except for the Diploma in the History of Medicine, Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences and Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine where alternative arrangements are being put in place.  Please refer to the Guide for the relevant Diploma for further information.

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.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused but trust you understand the reasons for this.

If you wish to apply for the DHMSA, we suggest that you adhere to the existing deadlines for all non-examination work, including submission of application forms and submit everything electronically via email to asstreg@apothecaries.org.  A new exam date will be published in due course, however, you are able to apply now.

Please note:  We have extended the deadline for submission of Dissertation Proposals by two weeks. The new deadline is Thursday 9 April 2020.

Established 1970
The examination is designed in part as a qualification for those who may be called upon to teach the history of medicine, either in separate formal courses or as part of the undergraduate course of medical studies or of studies in history or the social sciences.

It is the Society's intention that the Diploma shall be regarded as a proof of a good general knowledge of up-to-date sources and methods of inquiry, of an adequate factual knowledge of one special period or topic within the field, and an ability to lecture in an interesting manner.

Most candidates participate in the Society's Faculty's Diploma Course in the History of Medicine but this is not mandatory.

DHMSA Application Forms

First time entry to the exam (SSC and non-SSC candidates): Form A

Re-entry: 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

Maccabaean Prize and Medal

The Maccabaean Prize and Medal are awarded for the best dissertation submitted for the Diploma in the History of Medicine examination. The Maccabaean Society was founded in 1891 as “an association of Jewish professional gentlemen in a species of club”. It now has 500 members, women and men, most of whom are distinguished professionals.