Timetable and fees

MFPH / OSPHE  Examination

To ensure as much flexibility as possible, please ensure that the dates you have selected are kept free until a place is allocated in writing. Candidates will be formally notified of their OSPHE allocation soon after the closing date and within three weeks prior to that examination.

NB. In accordance with our Service Level Agreement with The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), the Faculty reserves the right to cancel any of the OSPHE sittings. They will only go ahead if, at eight weeks in advance, 22 candidates have applied. In the event of such cancellation, the Faculty will notify candidates six weeks before the examination date or as soon as practicable of the cancellation. Any candidates who applied will be automatically considered for appropriate high priority for being offered a place at the next provisional date sitting.

Examination dates for the OSPHE in 2020 are below.

Examination Date Closing Date Venue Places Available Fee
18 November 2020 (postponed from 22 September) 22 July 2020 Online delivery Full £893
4 December 2020 5 October 2020 Online delivery Full £893
26 February 2021 23 December 2020 Online delivery Places available £893
23 April 2021 23 February 2021 Online delivery Places available £893
25 June 2021 30 April 2021 TBC Places available £893



Closing dates and fee payment

Closing dates are given in the current examination timetables, and they are absolute. Applications received after 17:00 on the closing date cannot be accepted.

Please make payment using one of the following options at the time of application:

  • Online – indicate on your application form that you wish to pay online. A link will be emailed to you once your form has been processed. We will confirm your place once this payment has gone through.
  • BACS payment  to account number 36191159 sort code 60-09-15 quoting initial and surname.
  • Telephone  by calling our Finance department on 0203 696 1465.
  • Money order (if overseas) – made payable to the “Faculty of Public Health”.

It may take up to 10 working days for your application to be processed. Candidates may telephone the Education Department to confirm receipt of their application if they wish. Confirmation will only be sent once we have received payment.


  • 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.