The Philosophy of Medicine (DPMSA)

Dr Andrew N Papanikitas MRCGP, PhD, DPMSA
Course Director, Philosophy of Medicine Course

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 bursaries available towards the course fees,  please look at the Prizes page on the website.

Philosophy of Medicine Programme 2018-19V4

Ethics & Philosophy courses - Terms and conditions 2018-19

Ethics & Philosophy - reading list

Application forms for 2019-20 will be available soon.

Eligibility, application and fees for the diploma examination are run separately by the Examinations Office; details can be obtained here.

The Sydney Selwyn Lecture

The lecture formally known as the Sydney Selwyn 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 lecture is presented by the best candidate in the Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine examination.

Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy

Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager & Webmaster
Telephone: 020 7236 1189