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

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Our experienced examinations team is responsible for all stages of candidate adminstration. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions the examinations team is currently working remotely, which means we cannot respond to telephone enquiries. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

We are happy to answer your questions and offer support for those sitting examinations in any of our Edinburgh centres, from application through to results. Please contact us, by email:

  • Examiners (including applications, training,activity and expenses) EdinburghExaminers@rcpe.ac.uk
  • Part 1 written examination candidates MRCPUKPart1@rcpe.ac.uk - Please note: This is ONLY for candidates sitting in UK examination centres
  • Part 2 written examination candidates MRCPUKPart2@rcpe.ac.uk  - Please note: This is ONLY for candidates sitting in UK examination centres
  • PACES candidates (including applications, allocation, paymetns,refunds and feedback) paces@rcpe.ac.uk  
  • FastTrack candidates (including applications, allocation, payments and refunds) PACESFastTrack@rcpe.ac.uk  
  • Diplomas (including certificates, forms of faith and diploma ceremonies) diplomas@rcpe.ac.uk

For international examination centre please refer to the MRCP website or telephone: +44 / 020 3075 1515.


For any general updates and guidance on MRCP (UK) examinations, please visit: www.mrcpuk.org. In addition, JRCPTB has issued guidance for UK trainees who require examinations for career progreression. For the latest updates please go to their website.

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.

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.

MRCP(UK) clinical and written exams will recommence from September 2020

We are delighted to confirm MRCP(UK) clinical and written examinations will be restarting from September 2020 and we are now accepting applications. Due the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are working as a college and with our intercollegiate partners to deliver examinations whilst adhering to the relevant government guidance.

In accordance with the latest policies on travel, social distancing and infection control measures. The safety of our candidates, examiners, patients, surrogates and centre administrators is our priority, while ensuring trainees at a critical point in their training have the opportunity to sit the written and clinical examinations so that you are able to continue with career progression. All examination dates will be confirmed as soon as possible and we will provide candidates with further details and guidance on how things will run on the day ahead of the examination date.

Restarting PACES

Applications for PACES in diet 3 of 2020 in the UK will open on Monday 20th July. Please be aware that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions there will only be a limited number of spaces available in the diet. As a result we are unable to accept applications from candidates who are not currently living/working in the UK.

Restarting: Part 1 and 2 Written Examinations

Part 1 and 2 written examinations will restart in our UK centres. Applications for the part 1 examination on 15th September have now closed. Applications for the part 2 examination on 27th October will open on 10th August. Please refer to the following links for updates published on each of the MRCP(UK) examinations as they become available. For any enquiries, please direct to the relevant examination email address shown on our webpage:


RCPE Examination page

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

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.

PACES applications

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.

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.