Diploma in Exercise Medicine


Diploma in Exercise Medicine

Applications open: Early December 2023

Applications close: 26th January 2024

Exam Sitting: 28th February 2024

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK is delighted to offer the Diploma in Exercise Medicine.

We recognise that physical inactivity causes significant health-related problems, yet is often undervalued and underappreciated, with no consistent teaching in Medical Schools or postgraduate training.

We aim to promote a more physically active nation. This Diploma will set the standard for Exercise Medicine knowledge across the breadth of healthcare professions, a benchmark against which both commissioners and patients can quality assure.

It is not a stand-alone qualification, as it is only an assessment of Exercise Medicine knowledge, but the clinical application of this knowledge aims to improve the standard of care and help our patients become more active.

Demonstrate your Expertise

The Diploma in Exercise Medicine intends to assess knowledge and clinical application of Exercise Medicine in health and disease states.

Successful completion of the examination offers candidates the eligibility to apply for diplomate membership of FSEM and use the associated postnominal.

The exam is an assessment of knowledge and clinical problem-solving and is relevant to current UK practice in primary care and secondary care.

The Faculty would like to build a network of motivated professionals who feel their experience and expertise can be validated by the Diploma in Exercise Medicine.

By gaining the DipExM qualification, you will:

  • Demonstrate your knowledge and interest in exercise medicine
  • Provide evidence of knowledge and its application in clinical practice
  • Complement and support your knowledge base in an important area that has been under-valued in the past, but is growing fast as the country recognises the benefits of physical activity for all.

Who should apply to sit the Diploma?

  • Doctors with a primary medical qualification suitable for registration with the General Medical Council or Irish Medical Council and comply with all other requirements of the regulations.
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHPs) who wish to improve and demonstrate their knowledge and interest in exercise medicine.
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners (or equivalent), registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council with experience in primary care.
  • Physiotherapists and relevant Allied Health Professionals registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.
  • International Healthcare professionals registered with their relevant international organisation.
  • Other candidates are considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the Faculty.

Candidates for the examination are strongly advised to have the following:

  • an active interest in Exercise Medicine;
  • experience in delivering clinical Exercise Medicine as part of their job role.

Candidates who have queries regarding their eligibility are advised to contact exams@fsem.ac.uk for further guidance before submitting their application to the Faculty.

How much will this Diploma cost?

The Diploma in Exercise Medicine will cost £290.


See below the relevant documents for the Diploma in Exercise Medicine:

Exam Regulations | Syllabus | Candidate Protocol | Reading List