MRCP Regulations

The MRCP (UK) has launched revised, updated and  more concise regulations with implementation date in 1 January 2018.

The MRCP UK advised all candidates to certifying that they have read, understood, and are agreeing to abide by all of the regulations before they submit an application.

Our web site offers a summary of the most important points that was explained by the MRCP UK regulations.

1 – Exam Format

The MRCP(UK) Diploma consists of three examinations:

  • Part 1  written exam consist of 1 day, 2 papers, 3 hour with 100 multiple choice questions  (BOF) for each (no images)
  • Part 2 written exam that consist of 1 days, 2 papers, 3 hour with 100 multiple choice questions  (BOF)  for each (with images)
  • Part 2 clinical examination is the Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills (PACES) that consist 5 stations all in half-day examination

2 – Marking system

Marking system for the Part 1 and Part 2 written examinations

Candidates’ overall results are calculated using a process called equating (number of correct answers X difficulty ratio) to ensure that candidates receive comparable results for comparable performance in different diets of the examination.

For more about equating follow this post ….

All candidates are given an ‘overall scaled score’. This score is a number between 0 and 999. The Pass mark for Part 1 is 528 and 454 for Part 2 written exam.

The marking system is as follows:
  • One mark (+1) is awarded for each correct answer
  • No mark is deducted for an incorrect answer (i.e. there is no negative marking)
  • No mark is awarded or deducted if a question is left unanswered
  • No mark is awarded if more than one answer is recorded or the answer is not sufficiently clear

Marking system for Part 2 Clinical examination

At each station, there are two independent examiners. To pass, candidates must attain a minimum standard in each of the seven skills and also a minimum total score across the whole assessment.

3 – Entry requirements for MRCP Examinations

  • For UK candidates a medical qualification awarded by an institution that awards primary medical degrees, and is recognized by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) (GMC number or equivalent registration number are required for registration) is required.
  • For overseas candidates an authenticated copy of their primary medical qualification is required.
  • All candidates must have had at least 12 months’ experience in medical employment by the date of the examination for registration for part 1 written exam.
  • Candidates for the MRCP Part 2 Written Examination and Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) must have passed the MRCP Part 1 Examination within the preceding 7 years.
  • Candidates are permitted a maximum of 6 attempts at each part of the MRCP diploma.

4 – Exam Application

For part 1 application process follow this Online application guide.

Examination fee payments follow our MRCP News Page.

Payment methods include:

  • Credit or debit card is the best method and candidates can complete the application process entirely online.
  • Cash or cheque/banker’s draft payment methods may increase the application processing time. Drafts should be made payable to ‘The Royal College of Physicians’ in pounds sterling .

Candidates will not be allowed into any MRCP(UK) examination without appropriate identification (ID). The name on the candidate’s ID must EXACTLY match that on the admission document issued by MRCP(UK) and that on the primary medical qualification without any minor discrepancies (e.g. Mohamed’, ‘Mahammed). This will be the name registered on MyMRCP(UK), usually your first name(s) followed by surname.

Acceptable Primary ID:

  • Current valid passport (containing photograph and signature)
  • Full or provisional photocard driving licence
  • EEA Member State identity photocard
  • National identity photocard for non-EEA foreign nationals
  • Identity card issued by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland

Alternatively, two forms of identification, one with a photograph and the other with a signature, will be accepted (see list of Secondary ID).

Acceptable Secondary ID

Two forms of secondary ID will need to be shown together.

  • Valid credit or debit card
  • Valid student card with photograph
  • NHS/Hospital Identity card
  • Paper driving licence
  • Certified copy of passport or driving licence

5 – Candidate responsibilities

  • Ensure that their application is fully complete
  • Provide full contact details (email address and telephone)
  • Read and act on any correspondence from MRCP UK up to and including the day of the examination
  • Not give false information
  • Be feeling well enough to undertake the examination
  • Consider the time required to obtain any necessary visas for entry to the specific country in which they are applying to sit

6 – Withdrawal, absence and cancellation of examinations


  • Notice of withdrawal from any part of the examination must be given in writing (by email) to the appropriate Administration Office, (or MRCP(UK) if the examination is to be taken outside the UK).
  • Candidates should give their RCP Code Number, full name and date of birth in their request to withdraw to allow College staff to identify candidates easily.
  • Examination applications and/or fees cannot be transferred from one examination to another.
  • Candidates whose withdrawal request is received on or before the application closing date will be refunded 90% of the examination fee paid (10% of the fee is retained as an administrative charge).
  • Refunds will not be made where candidates submit their withdrawal request after the closing date unless there are circumstances deemed exceptional that can be substantiated.
  • Withdrawal will not count as an attempt at the examination.


  • Candidates who do not attend the examination, without notifying MRCP(UK) or Administration Office will be recorded as absent.
  • Refunds will not be made where candidates are absent unless there are circumstances deemed exceptional that can be substantiated.
  • Absence will count as an attempt at the examination.

Cancellation of examinations

  • On very rare occasions, it may be necessary for MRCP(UK) to cancel an examination. In these circumstances, MRCP(UK) will refund the examination fee of any candidate allocated to the affected examination centre(s), and change the status of each affected candidate to ‘withdrawn’.
  • A cancelled examination will not count as  attempt at the examination.

7 – Progress through the diploma

  • Once they have received confirmation that they have passed the Part 1 examination, candidates can apply for the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written and/or the Part 2 Clinical (PACES) Examination.
  • Candidates do not need to wait until their result for MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written is confirmed before applying for PACES.
  • Candidates do not need to wait until their result for MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical is confirmed before applying for Part 2 Written.