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

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 abroad.

    Working with specialist societies

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

    Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) update

    Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across all PACES centres in the UK and internationally, the introduction of the new PACES examination had to be delayed. MRCP(UK) are pleased to confirm that the new format examination, now known as PACES23, will be introduced from the 3rd Diet of 2023.

    The examination will still test the same clinical skills, and there will still be five stations. However, some of the encounters are changing. MRCP(UK) will provide more information and training materials for candidates and examiners in the lead up to the introduction of PACES23. Please keep visiting the PACES23 page on the MRCP(UK) website or our PACES23 page for updates.

    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.


    Other useful links

    Please visit the RCPE's related Examinations pages on the left hand menu.

    For general updates and guidance on MRCP (UK) Examinations, please visit the MRCP(UK) website. You can find out the latest news about MRCP(UK) Examinations here

    For international examinations, please refer to the to the MRCP(UK) website or telephone +44 020 3075 1515.