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Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize Examination

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists will again sponsor a Prize Examination for Undergraduates, to be held on Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 2:30pm.

The candidate gaining the highest mark will be offered the chance to visit St John’s Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.  The winning candidate can alternatively choose a monetary prize of £400.

The Examination will take the form of a single paper of 90 Multiple Choice Questions. There will be a time limit of 2 hours. The Examination will be held at your individual medical school.

Candidates should submit their names and email addresses to Clinical Deans or other appropriate officers. The closing date for candidate applications is Monday 10 December 2018. Candidates must apply via their medical school. Unfortunately we cannot accept late applications.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists will then liaise directly with candidates, as confirmed by their medical school, regarding payment of the £10.00 examination fee. Examination fees should not be submitted to your medical school. The deadline for fee payment is 5pm on Tuesday 8 January 2019. Candidates who have not paid the examination fee by this date will not have a place at the examination.

For further information, please see the RCOphth 2019 Duke Elder Candidate Information Pack

Application Deadline    

All candidates should apply to their medical schools by this date


Monday 10 December 2018
Payment Deadline   

All candidates should pay the £10.00 exam fee by 5pm on this date. Instructions on how to pay will be sent directly to candidates after the application deadline*. Candidates should not submit payment directly to medical schools.

*Please check your junk email

Tuesday 8 January 2019
Supporting documents for additional requirements submitted

If a candidate has additional requirements, such as extra time, they must notify RCOphth and supply supporting documentation prior to this date. For more information about what documentation to supply, please contact us directly.


Tuesday 8 January 2019
Exam Date


Wednesday 6 March 2019
Results Date

Results letters will be sent to your medical school. Certificates will be awarded to those ranking in the top 10%. Those in the Top 20 will receive special commendation – this is in the form of a letter signed by the President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, sent to each medical school.


Friday 3 May 2019

If possible, the College may release results prior to this – medical schools and candidates will be notified if there are any changes to the published date.