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: 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 Part1@mrcpuk.org - Please note all UK written exams are now online only.
  • Part 2 written examination candidates part2@mrcpuk.org  - Please note all UK written exams are now online only.
  • PACES candidates (including applications, allocation, payments,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. You can find out the latest news about MRCP(UK) examinations here. 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.

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) Part 1

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.

MRCP(UK) Part 2 

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 MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination (Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills - PACES) is designed to test the clinical knowledge and skills of trainee doctors who hope to enter higher specialist training (ST3). You must have passed the Part 1 written exam within the last 7 years before taking PACES. The exam sets rigorous standards to ensure your competence across a range of skills and you are ready to provide a high standard of care to patients.

Further information on PACES 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.