The MRCP(UK) examinations can be taken all over the world. Candidates have the opportunity to sit the MRCP(UK) written examinations in 34 international locations and the MRCP(UK) clinical examination (PACES) in 16 different locations. The SCEs can also be taken at test centres globally.
Candidates may also apply to any of our UK centres providing they are able to arrange for the appropriate visa requirements to be met in advance of the examination.
To find out more about our international activities view the MRCP(UK) international brochure.
Places where MRCP(UK) examinations are held outside the UK
We pride ourselves on the consistently high standard of the MRCP(UK) examinations wherever they are held and we value the opinions of all of our candidates. After every examination you will be asked to give your opinion on your experience of the examination and the application process in a candidate survey. Your feedback will help us to identify necessary improvements to the examination and the processes that support it.
We try to make the process of applying for our examinations as clear as possible and we provide a range of answers in our Frequently Asked Questions section that we hope you will find useful.
If you would like to speak to a member of staff about any aspect of your application please direct all enquiries to your administration office, which for nearly all of our international centres will be the MRCP(UK) central office. Please do not contact your chosen examination centre directly as they will not be able to assist you (with some exceptions, please see below*¥).
* Written examinations: Hong Kong candidates should contact the administrative teams for these centres directly with enquiries about their application.
¥ PACES examination: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah centres in the United Arab Emirates, and Myanmar.
English language requirements
All the examinations are conducted in English.
The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test is the main route for international medical graduates to show that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the UK. You do not need to have passed the PLAB test in order to take the examination.
Full details on who is required to take the test can be found at the PLAB test section of the GMC website.
As the examinations are in English, candidates are advised that, in order to be sufficiently prepared to sit the MRCP(UK) Diploma and SCEs, their English language ability should be equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Level 7.5 in each module. For more information please see the IELTS website. You do not need to take IELTS to sit the examinations.
English speaking patients in international PACES examinations
Please note in international centres on occasion candidates may examine non-English speaking patients, we have regulations in place to allow fair testing if this situation arises, for more information on this please see ‘Advice, guidance and preparation’.
Examination centre addresses
Candidates should be aware that centre locations are subject to change, which is why we cannot provide full centre address information until all arrangements are finalised.
We understand that our candidates may need to make travel and other arrangements for the examination. With this in mind, we confirm the city of the examination when your application is completed and aim to send admission documents for the examination (containing specific address information) at the earliest opportunity.
We encourage all candidates to discuss their applications for the Part 1 and Part 2 written examination with their proposer. The proposer can be a candidate’s current or most recent Educational Supervisor or Supervising Consultant and do not need to be a holder of MRCP(UK) or FRCP(UK).