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 14th and Tuesday 15th March 2022 1st December 2021 14th January 2022 (5pm) £710 £842
Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October 2022 4th July 2022 11th August 2022 (5pm) £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. Please note that FPH can no longer accept applications by post.

  • The requisite fee payment must be made within 48 hours of submitting your application to confirm your place. 

Payment options

Please make payment using one of the following options:

  • Online - on submission of your application form you will receive an automated email with a payment link.

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

  • 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.