Associate membership

RCP associate membership is available to medical students and qualified physicians, including SAS doctors and advanced clinical practitioners.

RCP associate membership welcomes you to our community and is here to help you excel from the very start of your career in medicine and to succeed in your first years as a fully qualified doctor. We aim to assist you in making those key decisions that will take you forward to the next stage of your training. After passing the MRCP(UK) exam, you will become eligible for collegiate membership.

We give our members the tools and resources needed to prepare for exams and succeed in physician training. Through our representation, education and recognition, you will feel supported through a crucial stage of your career.

What we do for you

Associate membership offers a wide range of benefits specific to your education and career stage. These benefits include:

  • RCP library services including use of study spaces and the Library Reading Room
  • web-streamed conferences, lectures and teach-ins to allow you to participate from afar, including access to our video archive
  • exclusive discounts, which may include free entry, to RCP events and conferences.

After your foundation year, we also offer access to our CPD diary, saving you £155 a year, and the option to combine membership payments with your JRCPTB training fees.

To allow us to provide you with the most relevant, advantageous and supportive benefits, your membership benefits will change as your career stages progress. You can download a complete list of benefits you'll receive at the bottom of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a qualified physician but have not passed the MRCP(UK) exam - am I eligible for associate membership?

You are eligible to become an associate member of the RCP if you have not passed the MRCP(UK) exam but are working at one of the following career grades:

  • foundation doctor: FY1 or FY2
  • medical trainee: CMT years 1–3
  • staff/trust grade post holder
  • locum consultant
  • honorary contract holder
  • SAS doctor: associate specialists, specialty doctors, hospital practitioners, clinical assistants, senior clinical medical officers and clinical medical officers with a minimum of 4 years of postgraduate experience
  • advanced clinical practitioner: working or training in acute medicine or within medical specialties (UK only).

I'm a medical student - am I eligible for membership?

If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate-entry medical student you qualify for free associate membership.

I'm an international physician - can I become a member?

Yes – international physicians who have not passed the MRCP(UK) exam can qualify for associate membership for £94 per year (special criteria apply).

If you have passed the MRCP(UK) exam you may wish to consider becoming a collegiate member.

How much does associate membership cost per year?

  • medical student free
  • foundation doctor £48
  • medical trainee £70
  • staff/trust grade posts (UK) £120
  • locum consultant (UK) £120
  • honorary contract (UK) £120
  • international physicians £94
  • SAS doctor (thresholds relate to pay scales):
    • threshold 1 £120
    • threshold 2 £137.
  • advanced clinical practitioner £120.

If you are a UK taxpayer, save from 22–40% of the cost of your membership subscription. To find out more about subscriptions and concessions please read our payment information document.