About us

What we do

MRCP(UK) develops and delivers membership and specialty examinations that are recognised around the world as quality benchmarks of medical knowledge and clinical skills.

MRCP(UK) is accountable to the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. The Federation sets internationally acknowledged standards in medicine, building on a proud tradition of professional excellence, established over centuries by British physicians.

The Federation is a partnership between:

  • The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • The Royal College of Physicians of London

International activities

Internationally, the MRCP(UK) portfolio of postgraduate medical examinations are regarded as valuable qualifications. To find out more about our international activities view the International brochure.  

The Federation is responsible for the following postgraduate medical examinations:

Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) Diploma

This qualification is designed to test the skills, knowledge and behaviour of doctors in training. The MRCP(UK) Diploma has been approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) as the knowledge-based assessment for core medical training, and the successful completion of the entire three-part examination is a requirement for physicians wishing to undergo training in a medically related specialty in the UK. Internationally, the MRCP(UK) Diploma is also a valued professional distinction in many other countries.

Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs)

These qualifications have been developed in close collaboration with the UK specialist societies. Physicians in UK training must pass the appropriate SCE, in addition to successfully completing an approved specialty training programme, in order to gain admission to the GMC Specialist Register. Success in the SCE certifies physicians as having sufficient knowledge of their specialty to practise safely and competently as consultants. The SCEs are a requirement for specialist physicians in the UK and they are gaining recognition internationally. The examination provides an international benchmark for postgraduate medical education.