The intercollegiate Diploma in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (DO-HNS) tests the knowledge, clinical and communication skills and professional attributes expected of a doctor intending to join an otolaryngology department in a trainee position.

The DO-HNS examination consists of two parts. Part 1 is a multiple choice exam containing both multiple true-false questions and extended matching questions. Part 2 is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), and leads to the award of the Intercollegiate MRCS (ENT).

You are strongly advised to read the guide below before sitting the DO-HNS examination. It covers the following key topics:

  • topics and skills that may be examined
  • entry requirements
  • Part 1 format, duration and sample questions
  • Part 2 format and duration
  • candidate admittance and conduct
  • results

Syllabus and recommended reading

DO-HNS content guide

This document provides a full breakdown of the DO-HNS syllabus and the recommended reading required for the examination. The document also provides essential information on the format of both Part 1 and Part 2, sample questions and our standard-setting process.


Candidate guidance

DO-HNS candidate guidance notes

This document provides candidates with information relating to the DO-HNS Part 2 OSCE exam including the format of the exam, assessment domains, the marking and standard setting process, malpractice regulations and the release of results.