Timetable and Fees

The Faculty of Public Health Diplomate Examination (DFPH) 

Please note that the time allowed for Paper IIB has been increased to 2 hours. This change will be in place from the November 2020 sitting.

Please click here to view the timings of the exam.

Examination date Opening date Closing date UK Fee HK Fee**
Monday 8th March and Tuesday 9th March 1st December 2020 15th January 2021 (Now closed) £710 £842
Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th October  1st July 2021 12th August 2021 £710 £842

**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.

Closing dates and fee payment

  • Closing dates are given in the current examination timetables, and they are absolute.

  • Applications received after 5.00pm on the closing date cannot be accepted, and no allowance can be made for postal delays or for candidates applying from overseas.

  • The requisite fee payment must be made or sent with your application form before the published closing date. Please reference how payment has been made on Page 3 of the application form.

Payment options

Please make payment using one of the following options:

  • Online - please indicate in your email that you wish to pay online. Once your application form has been processed a link will be sent to you to make payment online.

  • Over the telephone by calling our Finance department on 0203 696 1465.

  • Cheque or money order form (made payable to the "Faculty of Public Health").

  • If sending an application form by post, candidates are advised to use recorded or registered delivery and retain proof of posting if there is any doubt that their application will arrive by the closing date.

  • It will normally take several days to check and process entries. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Candidates may telephone the Education Department on 020 3696 1471 to confirm receipt of their DFPH application if they wish.


  • Candidates who withdraw before the application closing date will be subject to a 25% fee to cover administrative costs. 

  • Candidates withdrawing from an examination after the closing date and up to one week before the examination will normally be charged 50% of the fee.

  • No refund will be made to candidates withdrawing within seven days of the examination.

  • No refund will be granted without written notice of intention to withdraw.

  • A greater refund may be granted at the discretion of the Academic Registrar under exceptional circumstances. 

Extenuating Circumstances

Candidates may complete the extenuating circumstances form to inform FPH of serious circumstances that occurred in the three weeks up to and including the date of the DFPH or MFPH and that have adversely affected their examination performance. This information will be made available to the relevant Chair of Examiners.

Please note that marks/results will not be altered to reflect individual circumstances. The only available outcome as a result of a successful submission is that the attempt can be discounted.

It is the candidate's responsibility to complete and return this form to arrive at the FPH no later than three days after the examination date.

Types of adverse circumstance that FPH may consider:

  • The death or critical illness of a dependent or close relative.

  • A severely debilitating illness during most of the revision period or examination.

  • The loss, due to circumstances beyond your control, of more than 10 minutes of examination time.

Circumstances not normally considered:

  • Planned house removals.

  • Work-related contingencies (eg. shift work).

  • Normal pregnancy.

  • English as a second language.