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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 10 March 2021 at 2:30pm. The exam will be delivered online, to the candidate in their own home, whilst monitored by a live exam proctor via webcam.

Candidates are strongly recommended to read the Duke Elder Online Proctored Exam FAQs

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.

Candidates should submit their names and email addresses to Clinical Deans or other appropriate officers. The closing date for candidate applications is Monday 14 December 2020. 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 £25.00 examination fee. Examination fees should not be submitted to your medical school. The deadline for fee payment is 5pm on Monday 11 January 2021. 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 2021 Duke Elder Candidate Info Pack

Application Deadline

All candidates should apply to their medical schools by this date

Monday 14 December 2020
Payment Deadline

All candidates should pay the £25.00 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.

Monday 11 January 2021
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.

Monday 11 January 2021
Exam Date Wednesday 10 March 2021
Results Date

PDF 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 30 April 2021


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.

*Please check your junk email folder