How to apply for PACES
Candidates are advised that applications which are received on the first day of the application period will be prioritised over applications received thereafter, then day 2 over day 3 etc. We would like to make candidates aware however that no advantage will be gained by applying within the first few hours of the application period or by getting your application form to the office at 9am. All application forms received at any time on a particular date will be treated equally with all other applications received at any time on the same date. This refers to applications to UK centres and only those international centres where the applications are sent to MRCP(UK) Central Office. International centres who deal with their own applications may apply different local rules for prioritisation, which can be verified by enquiry with the local organiser.
Please read the following news item before applying for PACES in the UK, which contains important information about the online applicaiton system and the UK closing date.
Candidates applying to sit PACES in the UK can apply either online or by submitting a paper application form ( Form P), accompanied by the correct fee.
To apply online: Log in to your My MRCP(UK) account on the MRCP(UK) website. Go to the Upcoming Exams page – Select the ‘Apply’ button next to the PACES examination you wish to apply for – If you are eligible to apply for the examination you will prompted to update your current address and contact details before continuing to complete the online application – If the ‘Apply’ button is not active the application period is not yet open and applications are not being accepted for that examination.
Candidates applying to sit PACES at an international centre can currently only do so by submitting a paper application form
Before submitting an application, we advise all candidates to obtain and familiarise themselves with the current version of the MRCP(UK) Examination Regulations, which includes full information regarding eligibility requirements as well as the conduct, format and content of the MRCP(UK) PACES Examination. We also advise any candidate submitting a paper form to consult the Form P guidenotes.
Please also review the PACES FAQ for useful information regarding the PACES examination.
Candidates are advised that in signing the agreement section of the form you consent to your result for this examination being shared with UK postgraduate Deaneries upon release and that this data will be treated in strict confidence and used only for the purpose of assisting the recruitment process for specialty training.
Where to send your PACES applications
Online applications will automatically be forwarded to the candidate's chosen College of entry.
Paper applications for the UK must be sent to the candidate's chosen College of Entry: London, Edinburgh or Glasgow. Address details can be found on the Contact Us page.
PACES applications for international centres must be sent to either the MRCP(UK) Central Office, or a specifically stated overseas address. Please review the PACES Overseas Exam Centres page for information on where to send your International PACES application.
Candidates have 7 years from the date of their passing Part 1 to complete both Part 2 Written and PACES. A table presenting this information in an easy-to-read format is available on the Stage 2 Eligibility page.
Any candidates submitting incomplete applications will not be allocated a place in the exam until all outstanding items are resolved. Upon completion, candidates will only be allocated a place if one is still available at that time.
Candidates who have been erased from the GMC (or equivalent) register for reasons related to fitness to practice are not permitted entry to any MRCP(UK) Examination. Candidates who have been suspended from the GMC (or equivalent) register are not permitted entry to any MRCP(UK) Examination for the duration of the suspension.
Candidates who are subject to any warning, interim orders, undertakings or conditions on their practice from the GMC (or equivalent body) must submit a completed MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations Candidate Declaration Form with each application. Permission to enter any MRCP(UK) Examination will be at the discretion of the MRCP(UK) Medical Director.
This form must be completed electronically, saved then submitted as an attachment by email to email@example.com. Any candidate submitting an online application will be prompted to submit this form, should they declare any restriction as lsited above.
Managing demand for spaces
MRCP(UK) is working hard to increase the number of spaces in the PACES examination, however, it is not always possible to meet demand and offer places to all candidates who apply. MRCP(UK) recognises that this can be frustrating for candidates who do not secure a place.
In order to both protect the quality of PACES delivery and set realistic expectations for international candidates MRCP(UK)has decided to publish information about what it is doing to manage the demand for places from candidates in the UK and internationally.
Since 2010, MRCP(UK) has increased the number of international places for PACES by 58%, through providing more examination days in existing centres, and by opening new centres in India and Sudan. MRCP(UK) is committed to continuing to increase opportunities for international candidates over the next few years.
Number of places in the UK
MRCP(UK) has agreed to publish the number of places to be provided in the UK. In 2014, MRCP(UK) will undertake to provide no less than 3330 examination places in the UK. These places will be run all over the UK, throughout the year. MRCP(UK) will continue to strive to deliver more than the published number of places.
Prioritisation criteria for candidates sitting the examination in the UK
In the event of the number of candidates applying for the exam exceeding the places available MRCP(UK) has agreed that candidates in UK training will be prioritised. This may mean that a small number of candidates who are not in UK training will not be allocated a space. Every effort will be made to provide as many places as possible. If the number of applicants in UK training exceeds the number of places available, then those who expect to apply for ST3 posts within the next year will be prioritised.