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The three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom share a common membership examination in general medicine: the Examination for the Diploma of Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Successful candidates are eligible to apply for the award of the MRCP(UK) Diploma.
The MRCP(UK) examination is divided into Part 1 and Part 2 but 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.
Full details on the MRCP(UK) examination are available on the MRCP(UK) website:
Medical Masterclass is the MRCP(UK) examination revision package from the RCP. Available online and in print, Medical Masterclass is a distance-learning package designed to help doctors pass all parts of the MRCP(UK) examination.
Visit the Medical Masterclass website for more information and to buy online.
The RCP also provides MRCP(UK) part 2 written exam revision courses, for more details see:
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 about how to fill in the form of faith see the MRCP(UK) website.
Presentation of 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 4-6 weeks for delivery of the diploma to addresses outside the UK. MRCP(UK) central office will retain the diploma until the day of the ceremony where it will be presented, if at the time of processing the form of faith the office knows that the diplomate wishes to attend a ceremony.
Delivery of MRCP(UK) Diploma
The RCP uses the 'signed for' service provided by Royal Mail for diplomas posted within the UK only. Diplomas destined for an address outside the UK are not tracked, therefore the item will be sent by normal post. Candidates are strongly advised to ensure 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 above. A £35.00 charge will apply, unless the individual is 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
You should receive a reply within three working days of receipt.
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 Royal College of Physicians in Regent's Park. Newly elected MRCP(UK) holders receive their certificate from the RCP president at the ceremony.
For more information, including information on how to apply to attend the ceremony, please refer to our downloadable ceremony invitation.