We deliver the highest standards of healthcare through the MRCP(UK) exams in collaboration with our partner Colleges.

2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 1 - updated application dates

The opening of the application period for the 2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 1 written examination has been postponed to Wednesday 10 June. This is to allow us to continue to work with our delivery partners to ensure we can secure suitable venues to hold a socially distanced examination on 15 September. The application period will close on Sunday 21 June.

We apologise for any inconvenience this delay causes.

Part 1 is the entry-level examination accessible to doctors with a minimum of 12 months' postgraduate experience in medical employment. It covers a broad range of topics to ensure the level of knowledge is appropriate to physicians at the beginning of postgraduate training. Further information on this can be found on the MRCP's Part 1 hub here.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 2 registration period

The registration period for the 2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 2 written examination will open on Monday 10 August 2020. The examination is expected to take place on 27 October 2020.

The MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written Examination can be taken by physicians in training who have passed the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination. It builds on the knowledge assessed in Part 1 and tests the acquisition of a representative sample of medical knowledge, skills and behaviour as specified in the UK Specialty Training Curriculum for Core Medical Training / Curriculum for Internal Medicine. Further information on this can be found on the MRCP's Part 2 hub here.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

The next application period for PACES will be Monday 20th July to Wednesday 5th August. Dates for the PACES exam in diet 3 are subject to change dependent on the current Covid-19 situation. This exam will use the current format of PACES. The introduction of the new PACES 2020 exam format of exam has been postponed until 2021 (diet TBC).
Updates to PACES dates can be found on the MRCP website.

The current outbreak of COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and MRCP(UK) has created a COVID-19 information hub to provide updates and support to examination candidates, trainees, trainers and consultants who need to maintain and record their continuing professional development. Please refer to the MRCP(UK) COVID-19 Hub for the latest guidance, advice and resources on:

  • Examinations: cancellations, transfers, refunds, extension to eligibility
  • Training:  Trainee progression in 2020, help for trainees on the front line, continuing professional development and CPD.

MRCP(UK) Examinations - Part 1, Part 2 & PACES

Doctors wishing to enter specialty training (at ST3) in the UK must hold the MRCP(UK) diploma, an internationally recognised standard of clinical excellence. Working with our partner Colleges in London and Glasgow we develop and deliver the MRCP(UK) examination.

The MRCP(UK) examination plays an essential role in continuing professional development of physicians both in the United Kingdom and aboard.

You can choose to apply to sit Part 1, Part 2 and PACES examinations through the Edinburgh, Glasgow or London Colleges. Our College here in Edinburgh, is centrally located in the city with good access to local, national and international transport links.

Our experienced examinations team are responsible for all stages of the candidate adminstration and happy to offer support to those sitting in any of our examinations centres from application through to results.  Please contact us by email as follows:

For the MRCP(UK) Part 1 written exam: MRCPUKPart1@rcpe.ac.uk

For the MRCP(UK) Part 2 written exam: MRCPUKPart2@rcpe.ac.uk

For PACES: paces@rcpe.ac.uk

You can access further information on the examinatons, including the examination regulations at www.mrcpuk.org

Working with specialist societies

The Colleges in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London have worked with specialist societies to develop Specialty Certificate Examinations for the main medical specialties. Physicians in training must pass the appropriate SCE in order to gain admission to the GMC Specialist Registrar.

Get involved - Become an Examiner

We rely on the voluntary support and clinical expertise of our College Fellows to run these essential examinations. Examiners can contribute to medical standards and enhance their own CPD; most UK Health Boards and NHS Trusts recognise examining as a supporting professional activity. Find out how to become an Examiner.