Advice, guidance and preparation

We recommend that all candidates 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.

The examinations are mapped to the UK core medical training curriculum and knowledge of this and UK national guidelines should form part of your preparation for the examinations.

There are a number of courses available that are designed to help you to prepare for the examination, most of which are advertised in the medical press. These preparation courses are run by the three Colleges that make up the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom and as such we are not able provide a list of recommended MRCP(UK) courses.

If you are interested in preparation courses then please see the College websites for further information:

Training timeline

This diagram illustrates the timeline of a UK physician in training and the place of the MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs). International candidates do not need to take MRCP(UK) before the SCEs.

UK training

Examination formats

For a more detailed explanation on the format of each of our examinations and the topics that will be included please see:

Examination curricula

To enable candidates to perform to the best of their ability we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the relevant examination curricula. This information can be accessed on the JRCPTB website.

Sample examination questions

A range of example questions are available on the website to assist candidates in their examination preparation. We recommend that you take the opportunity to review these questions as they provide a valuable insight into the type of material you are likely to find in our examinations. Please visit the relevant links below for further information: