MRCP(UK) examination

The MRCP(UK) diploma is essential for all physicians who train in a medical specialty in the UK.

The three royal colleges of physicians of the UK share a common membership examination in general medicine: the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP(UK)) diploma. Successful candidates who pass all three parts are eligible to apply for the award of the MRCP(UK) diploma.

The MRCP(UK) examination is divided into Part 1 and Part 2 and has three separately assessed components:

  • MRCP(UK) Part 1 examination
  • MRCP(UK) Part 2 written examination
  • MRCP(UK) Part 2 clinical examination (PACES)

Following completion of the MRCP(UK) examination, successful candidates are invited to attend an MRCP(UK) new members ceremony at the RCP.

Visit the MRCP(UK) website

Election to membership

To be elected to membership, a candidate must pass all parts of the MRCP(UK) and complete a form of faith. Once the form of faith has been received, verified and processed satisfactorily, election can take place. 

For details on how to fill in the form of faith visit the MRCP(UK) website.

Presentation of the MRCP(UK) diploma

Candidates who have been elected to membership can either obtain their MRCP(UK) diploma at the MRCP(UK) new members ceremony or by post.

Candidates should expect to receive their diploma within 6 weeks of being elected to membership. However, timescales may vary. Please allow 3–6 months for delivery of the diploma to addresses outside of the UK.

Delivery of the MRCP(UK) diploma

The RCP uses the 'signed for' service provided by Royal Mail for diplomas posted within the UK only. Diplomas sent to addresses outside the UK are not tracked and will be sent by normal post. Candidates are strongly advised to ensure that their correspondence details are correct and up to date in their MRCP(UK) online account as this will help to avoid any loss or delay of the item. 

Diplomates who require a replacement diploma are advised to submit a request to the email address below. A £35 charge will apply, unless you are a fellow of any of the three royal colleges, in which case no charge will apply. A replacement diploma should be issued within 2 weeks of the fee being processed.

If you have any queries, please contact your college of entry:*

*The college of entry that you passed your last examination, ie the Part 2 written examination, will be in possession of your diploma and is responsible for any reprints or distribution.

If your last passed exam was the Part 2 written examination, please contact

MRCP(UK) new members admission ceremonies

Following completion of the MRCP(UK) examination, successful candidates are invited to attend an MRCP(UK) new members ceremony at the RCP at Regent's Park building in London. Newly elected MRCP(UK) holders will receive their certificate from the RCP president at the ceremony.

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