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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 9 March 2022 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 and the Remote Invigilation Candidate User Guide

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 13 December 2021. 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 10 January 2022. 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 2022 Duke Elder Candidate Info Pack

IMPORTANT NOTE 1: The College takes very seriously any attempt at cheating including the copying and intended sharing of exam questions. Candidates are strictly forbidden to copy the exam questions in any way and this includes taking screenshots or photographs of the screen. The proctoring system will flag up any security breach such as this and the candidate will unequivocally be disqualified from the examination for misconduct and their medical school informed of the breach.


The Royal College of Ophthalmologists runs the Duke Elder Undergraduate Prize Examination for UK and Eire medical students at an operating loss in an effort to be inclusive and to encourage learning of ophthalmology in greater depth. We remain very happy to subsidise this examination for medical students but under such circumstances we are both disappointed and out of pocket when candidates either fail to attend, or attend and then void the examination. We would therefore like to encourage all medical students who enrol for the examination to sit the examination unless there are genuine extenuating circumstances. We would also like to encourage medical schools to impress upon their students the importance of commitment. We will henceforth feedback, for information only, the names of those students that either failed to sit or voided the examination, to their educational institutions.

Application Deadline

All candidates should apply to their medical schools by this date

Monday 13 December 2021
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 10 January 2022
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 10 January 2022
Exam Date Wednesday 9 March 2022
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 1 April 2022


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