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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, access to our collection of e-journals and e-books, and use of our interlibrary loan service
  • 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 £165 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

Who is eligible for RCP associate membership?

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

  • medical student
  • foundation doctor: FY1 or FY2
  • medical trainee: CMT years 1–3
  • staff/trust grade post holder
  • locum consultant
  • honorary contract holder
  • specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors, advanced clinical practitioners, clinical fellows, and locum consultants before passing the MRCP(UK) exam
  • advanced clinical practitioner: working or training in acute medicine or within medical specialties (UK only).

International physicians who have not passed the MRCP(UK) exam can qualify for associate membership.

How much does associate membership cost per year?

If applying between 1 May and 31 October

Medical student – Free
Foundation doctor – £4 per month
Associate membership (UK) –  £124.00
Associate membership (UK SAS doctors – salary threshold 2) – £143.00

Associate membership (international) – £98.00

Associate membership (trainees enrolled with JRCPTB) – £70.00
Associate membership (combined with JRCPTB training fee) – £239.00

If applying between 1 November and 30 April

Medical student – Free
Foundation doctor – £4 per month
Associate membership (UK) – £62.00
Associate membership (UK SAS doctors – salary threshold 2) – £71.50

Associate membership (international) – £49.00

Associate membership (trainees enrolled with JRCPTB) – £35.00
Associate membership (combined with JRCPTB training fee) – £204.00

*Associate membership is renewed on 1 August each year

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.