No, the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK ended the policy of exemption in 2010, therefore it is now a requirement to take the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination.
Candidates must submit a withdrawal request form online (or a letter or email will be accepted) to their administrative office as soon as possible, providing their name, RCP code number and date of birth.
Candidates who withdraw before the advertised closing date will be given a 90% refund of the exam fee, with 10% of the fee deducted as an administration charge.
Candidates who withdraw after the closing date will only be entitled to a 90% refund in exceptional circumstances providing documentary evidence can be provided to support their request; any outstanding fees must be resolved in order to sit future MRCP(UK) examinations.
When your online application is complete you will be sent an email acknowledging this. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email please check your online account for details of any outstanding items. These may include payment of the examination fee or submission of an attested copy of your primary medical qualification. If your application is incomplete, you will receive an email explaining what you need to do to complete the application.
If you are unable to apply online we recommend that all paper application forms are sent by courier. Please check with your courier for details of the delivery date of your item. If you have received confirmation from the courier company/post office that your paper application has been received by the College please allow 3 working days from the date of delivery for the application to be processed.
If an application is incomplete in any way, the candidate’s college of entry will notify the candidate via Email and advise what action needs to be taken and by what deadline. If a response is not received by the given deadline the candidate risks having their application rejected. Exam places can only be allocated once applications are complete.
Please contact MRCP(UK) Central Office – you will be asked to provide your RCP code and should have your credit/debit card to hand. The administrator will then check the payment system and either update your record if the payment has gone through, or manually process payment over the phone if it has not gone through.
Any candidate who was granted an exemption from Part 1 prior to 2010 may continue to attempt Part 2 Written and PACES (in any order) until they complete the MRCP(UK) Diploma or their period of eligibility to sit the examinations expires. (A candidate’s 7-year eligibility period starts from the date the exempting qualification was awarded).
MRCP(UK) and SCE candidates who wish to transfer to a different examination centre must send their request in writing to their administrative office, outlining the reasons for the request. Please note that all such requests are subject to centre and space availability, and that we cannot guarantee that a transfer request will be granted. For the Part 1 and Part 2 written examinations the final deadline to submit a transfer request is the same as the application closing date for the relevant examination.
Candidates who wish to transfer their PACES centres may submit their request at any time before the date of the examination. Candidates should note however, that due to high demand available spaces in all PACES centres will be extremely limited.
Examination fees have been tested in the courts over the years and it had been understood that such expenses were not tax deductible. However, following a decision in the case of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Commissioners V Dr Piu Banerjee ( EWCA Civ. 843) this position may have changed.
If you are employed on a UK training contract as either a Core or Specialty Trainee you may be eligible for tax relief on MRCP(UK) and SCE examination fees paid within the last four tax years, providing you paid the examination fee yourself. A number of UK trainees have informed us that they have successfully claimed tax relief. For more information please see the HMRC website.
To claim tax relief, trainees have told us that you can either:
- complete a form P87: Tax relief for expenses of employment, available to download from the HMRC website;
- complete a self-assessment tax return and include details on the employment page (if you are already in self-assessment or the expenses amount to more than £2,500);
- write a letter to HMRC stating that:
- you are employed under a training contract (provide a letter from your Deanery/ LETB or your employment contract to support this);
- you took (specify) mandatory examination/s run by MRCP(UK) to meet the requirements of your training programme and believe that the cost of the examination/s is now tax deductible;
- reference the case of Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Dr Piu Banerjee ( EWCA Civ 843); and HMRC guidance EIM32546 which states that: ‘Failure to…obtain the qualification will mean that he cannot proceed to the next stage of his chosen profession’.
HMRC will require proof of payment for examination fees paid (eg credit card or bank statement). For more information on how to claim go to: https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/how-to-claim
Please note that MRCP(UK) is unable to provide advice about your personal tax affairs. If you believe you are eligible to claim, please seek advice from your own personal tax adviser.
There is no reading list available for MRCP(UK) examinations. Candidates should prepare for the examinations by gaining clinical experience in hospital posts involving the care of emergency medical patients, whether adults or children, and by studying up-to-date postgraduate clinical textbooks and current medical journals.
For more information on preparation for the examination, advice on registration, clinical attachment, availability and suitability of courses and careers guidance please contact NHS Careers.
In the first instance candidates should contact their bank – there may be insufficient funds available or a security check that the bank needs to perform before funds can be released. Once this enquiry has been made candidates should contact their administrative office/college of entry to reattempt payment over the phone.
Payment can be made via any of the following methods:
- Credit/debit card (does not have be the card holder, but must have authorisation to use the card) by telephone
- Credit/debit card by completing and returning our card payment form
- Bank draft*
- Cash payment
- Via MRCP(UK) online account (this option is currently only available to PACES candidates)
* Bank drafts and cheques must be drawn on a UK bank