MRCP:Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians
1. What is the MRCP (UK) Examination?
The three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom share a common membership examination in general medicine: this is the examination for the Diploma of Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Successful candidates are eligible to apply for the award of the MRCP (UK) Diploma.
2. What is the Specialty Certificate Examination?
The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, in association with the Specialist Societies, has developed a programme to deliver Specialty Certificate Examinations within the new specialist training structure. The aim of these national assessments, which will complement workplace-based assessments, is to ensure that trainees have sufficient knowledge of their specialty to practice safely and competently as consultants.
3. Important notice: Changes to the MRCP (UK) Examination:
The MRCP (UK) Examination provides information on candidates’ core medical knowledge, basic clinical problem solving skills and the management of common and important medical emergencies. The core medical knowledge and skills tested in the MRCP (UK) Examination provide the very basis that equips doctors to proceed to focus on individual specialties, secure in their grounding in other systems. In recognition that the rate of acquisition of core medical knowledge and practical clinical skills may differ the MRCP (UK) Management Board decided that the MRCP (UK) Part 2 Written and Part 2 Clinical (PACES) Examinations may, from 2009, be taken in any order. In addition, to ease the time pressures on trainees, the MRCP (UK) Part 1 Examination has been made available sooner and the "18 month rule" revised to allow examination entry once 12 months have elapsed after graduation.
The changes in respect to eligibility for and entry to the MRCP (UK) Examination will be applicable to UK and International candidates.
4. Do candidates need to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) of the United Kingdom?
No, this is not necessary. However, registration with the General Medical Council is required by doctors intending to work in the UK. Prospective candidates, who intend to obtain training in a hospital post, whether paid or unpaid, must therefore register with the GMC.
Do candidates need to have passed the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) Test?
No, this is not necessary.
Do candidates need to have taken IELTS?
No, this is not necessary.
Are there any exempting qualifications from any part of the MRCP (UK)?
There are qualifications which currently offer exemption from the MRCP (UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written Examination (until 2010).
5. I am not a citizen or a resident of the country where the MRCP (UK) is being held. Can I apply to take the Examination there?
For the MRCP (UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written Examinations, candidates can apply online or via paper application for any exam centre, but they must ensure that they can travel to the centre and obtain any necessary visas as refunds cannot be given on this basis. The exceptions to this rule are applications for the Hong Kong and Singapore centres. These centres have restricted entry quotas and applications must be sent direct to the local organisers
Entry to the MRCP (UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) is restricted to candidates based within the country of the exam and the surrounding areas.
6. How should I submit my application to a centre outside the UK?
For the MRCP (UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written Examinations, candidates can apply online to all centres outside of the UK apart from Bahrain, Hong Kong and Singapore, which can only accept paper applications. Candidates should refer to the overseas contacts page for further information. The Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) is not available online and has different procedures.
7. How is the pass mark decided for the Written Examination?
The pass mark for the MRCP (UK) Part 1 Examination is an equated pass score decided by the criterion referencing group in the September diet of 2008. This will stay unchanged for more diets unless the MRCP (UK) Board decides otherwise.
The MRCP (UK) Part 2 Written Examination has the pass mark calculated each diet as a result of criterion referencing process and candidates' performance on the exam day. The MRCP(UK) Part 2 Standard Setting group will criterion reference each question from the examination paper using the Angoff method and decide on the difficulty level advising on a provisional pass mark. This pass mark will be compared with the candidates’ scores by a statistical method called the Hofstee method and the final mark will be calculated.