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 2019/2020 are below.

Examination Date Closing Date Venue Places Available Fee
28 June 2019 3 May 2019 RCEM, London No places available £893
23 September 2019 19 August 2019 RCEM, London No places available £893
6 December 2019 11 October 2019 RCEM, London No places available £893
26 February 2020 30 December 2019 RCEM, London No places available £893
23 April 2020 24 February 2020 RCEM, London Places available £893
10 June 2020 10 April 2020 GMC, Manchester Places available £893
22 September 2020 22 July 2020 RCEM, London Places available £893
4 December 2020 5 October 2020 RCEM, London Places available £893


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 sent with your completed application form. It may be made in cheque or money order form (made payable to the "Faculty of Public Health"), or over the telephone by calling our Finance department on 0203 696 1465.
  • 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 to confirm receipt of their application if they wish.


  • 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.