MRCP(UK) is a requirement for entry into specialist internal medicine training in the UK and an internationally valued professional distinction.

MRCP(UK) components

The examination has three components:

  • Part 1 written examination, based on multiple choice questions
  • Part 2 written examination, based on multiple choice questions
  • PACES - Part 2 clinical examination, a Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills

Successful completion of the entire three-part examination is required before you can start specialist internal medicine training in the UK. Guidance regarding the best time to sit each part of the examination is available. Candidates can choose to sit all three parts of the examination through the Edinburgh, Glasgow or London Colleges who operate examining centres throughout the UK and overseas.

MRCP(UK) also offer Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs) – find out more here

Sitting exams with the College

The College has considerable expertise in running the MRCP(UK) examinations in Edinburgh, at regional centres throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally. Our experienced examination team are acutely aware of how stressful sitting an examination can be and we aim to help candidates through the application process and to take as much stress out of sitting the examination as is possible.

Part 1 and Part 2 (written) examinations can be taken in the College. PACES is also run at the state of the art PACES centre at the Western General Hospital Clinical Skills Assessment Centre, one of the busiest international examining centres. Please note that candidates for the written exams can select their centre, but PACES candidates are allocated a centre, which can be anywhere within the UK.

Sitting the exam in Edinburgh provides an excellent opportunity to visit the College and explore this historic city, renowned for its medical science, architecture and culture.

Candidates sitting the examination through one of our many regional centres around the UK or internationally will similarly be assured a warm reception and supportive environment in which to sit the examination.

We pride ourselves on retaining the feel of a local College while remaining truly international and would encourage you to sit the MRCP(UK) examination through the College. We will be delighted to support you.

Examination dates and results

Dates for the MRCP(UK) examinations and application periods are available on the MRCP(UK) website.

Please note that PACES examination dates can fall on any day during the assessment period, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Results are available on the MRCP(UK) website.


If you have a specific enquiry, please email the relevant member of staff:

Or you can write to us at:

Examinations Department
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
11 Queen Street
Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 7324