Applying for the Diplomate Membership Exam 

The examination is open to those who hold either of the following:

  • a university degree

  • equivalent qualifications and/or experience approved by the Education Committee.

Qualifications or experience which are accepted for entry into a Master's level university programme will most likely be approved by the Education Committee for entry into The Faculty of Public Health Diplomate examination (DFPH). It is not necessary to be enrolled on a training course to sit the examination.

Change in exam dates

Following discussions with the Speciality Registrar Committee, Training Programme Directors and Heads of School about candidate wellbeing, the Diplomate Exam Development Committee has made the decision to separate the exam days by one working day. This decision is supported by the Education Committee. The exam will now be held on a Monday and a Wednesday. This will take effect from October 2022 and the  exam dates will be Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th October.

The application window will open on 4th July 2022.

Examination date Opening date Closing date UK Fee HK Fee**
Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th October 2022 4th July 2022 10th August 2022 (5pm) £710 £842
Monday 6th and Wednesday 8th March 2023  TBC TBC  TBC TBC

Please click here to view the timings of the exam.

Please note closing dates are absolute. Applications received after 17:00 on the closing date will not be accepted.

Please click here to apply

For further information about the online exams, please see the FAQs.

Please note that a new set of Exam Regulations have now been published to reflect the change in format of the exam. 

For practical information and policies relating to both exams please see here.

Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (HKCCM) Candidates 

**Please note: There is an additional fee for candidates wishing to sit the examination in Hong Kong who do not have a medical background or are not on a Hong Kong training programme. See here for further information

Additional attempts

Please note that no candidate will normally be permitted more than six attempts at the examination without providing evidence of additional educational experience. Guidance regarding the additional educational experience process can be found on the FPH website in the section dealing with the application process. Candidates applying for their seventh or subsequent sitting will need to submit the additional attempt form in addition to the standard application form. 

Please see further information here

Tax relief for exam fees

The HMRC confirmed in 2015 that they are satisfied that public health registrars employed on a specialty training contract and who pay the MFPH exam fees themselves will qualify for a deduction of the cost of those fees against their earnings from that employment.

Registrars will be able to claim this tax relief either by completing form P87 or through their self-assessment tax return if they meet the criteria for self-assessment. For more information, please visit GOV.UK.

To allow HMRC to handle claims as efficiently as possible, registrars should include a receipt or proof of payment from the Faculty for the MFPH exam. Claims made without a proof of payment may be delayed while HMRC contact the individual to request supportive evidence.