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DRCOG regulations

The College’s regulations for the Diploma exam (DRCOG)

The College awards a Diploma to registered medical practitioners who demonstrate the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes and who satisfy its examiners. The Diploma is intended to recognise a general practitioner’s interest in obstetrics and gynaecology and is not a specialist qualification.

  • Candidates for the Diploma exam must be entered as having full, limited or provisional registration in the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the General Medical Council or by the Medical Council of Ireland.
  • Please visit the exam calendar and venue pages for information about when you can apply.
  • Candidates must disclose their General Medical Council or Medical Council of Ireland registration number when making an application.
  • Candidates must confirm that they are not currently suspended or removed from medical practice by any authorising body or involved in disciplinary proceedings related to medical practice in any country.
  • The entry fee is payable in pound sterling (£GBP) at the time of application.
  • Council may refuse to allow a candidate to attempt the Diploma exam or become a Diplomate of the College. Under such circumstances the candidate will be advised of the appeals procedure.
  • No candidate may attempt the Diploma exam more than 5 times.
  • Candidates who withdraw their applications for a particular Diploma exam after the closing date or who fail to appear shall forfeit their exam fee. For details please check our Extenuating Circumstance policy.
  • Candidates must provide evidence of identification, which includes name and photograph, for inspection before starting the exam. Candidates failing to provide satisfactory evidence will not be allowed to attend the exam. For reasons of medical security, all candidates for exams must ensure that they can be easily identified in accordance with their photographic identification.
  • By applying to sit the DRCOG exam the candidate agrees to all the terms of the Diploma exam regulations and to the transfer of all copyright subsisting in exam material produced by the candidate to the College.
  • Once you have successfully completed your exam, the details of your award from the College, including date, are regarded as ‘public’ information. This means that the basic information may be released to bona fide third-party enquirers (for example, other educational bodies or prospective employers). No information is supplied via the telephone.


Complaints policy and procedure

How the RCOG processes exams complaints


Appeals policy

How the RCOG processes exams appeals


Extenuating circumstances policy

Our policy and procedures on extenuating circumstances for examinations


Supporting Special Circumstances Policy

Our policy on reasonable adjustments to support exam candidates with special circumstances



Read details on the format of the DRCOG exam