21 Apr 2021

We are sorry to advise that the following MRCP(UK) PACES exams in India scheduled to take place in May 2021 have been cancelled. These cancellations are due to concerns about growing COVID-19 cases, the ongoing impact this is having on exam venues, and the recent cancellation of the NEET-PG exams.

19 Apr 2021

The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is investing in new digital systems and improvements to its technical infrastructure to greatly improve the user experience for candidates, trainees,

19 Apr 2021

UK PACES prioritisation 2021/2

MRCP(UK) has received feedback in relation to the prioritisation criteria we have used to select candidates for PACES places in the UK during the COVID pandemic. The current prioritisation criteria were established following lengthy discussion and deliberation within the three Royal Colleges.

Prioritisation of candidates in UK training for PACES 2021/2 diet | MRCPUK

8 Apr 2021


As a result of the adaptations to the

1 Apr 2021

The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK and resulting restrictions and infection control measures means that additional space and time are still required to run a socially distanced PACES examination. Therefore, by necessity we have to continue to prioritise PACES places for UK trainees according to their need for training/career progression. There will be four prioritisation categories (details below) for allocating trainees living and working in the UK to available PACES places based on their current need to progress to Higher Specialty Training.

1 Apr 2021

We understand that the cancelation of exams due to the COVID-19 situation has had an impact on many candidates and their plans to complete the MRCP(UK) diploma

22 Mar 2021

Arrangements for UK PACES March- May 2021

COVID-19 Antigen testing – Further Update

8 Mar 2021

MRCP(UK) remains committed to the safety of our patients, candidates, examiners and administrative teams. Accordingly, we are asking candidates and examiners to undertake COVID antigen testing (Lateral Flow Test or PCR) within 48 hours of attending one of our UK PACES venues in the upcoming diet commencing March 2021. Almost all UK healthcare staff will have access to, and already be undertaking, regular lateral flow tests (LFT). Candidates and examiners attending our UK venues will again be required to fill in a screening health questionnaire in advance of attending the exam.

8 Mar 2021

Arrangements for UK PACES March- May 2021

COVID-19 Antigen testing (Lateral Flow Tests)

22 Feb 2021

UK PACES examining remains on course to commence on 13 March 2021. As mentioned in the last newsletter, we have managed to reschedule most of the cancelled centres to later dates in April and May and we continue to work with our host centres to maximise the number of places we can offer. The 2021/1 diet is likely to run in the order of 700 places.

8 Feb 2021

The following information is correct at the time of publishing.

UK PACES start date March 2021

1 Feb 2021

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is closely monitoring the developing situation in Myanmar following reports of the military taking control in the country.

MRCP(UK) delivers written, PACES and SCE examinations in Myanmar and we will keep our candidates and examiners informed of any changes to the running of scheduled examinations, particularly the Part 2 written examination taking place on 23 March 2021.

In the meantime, we would advise candidates to check the website and social media for updates.


25 Jan 2021

UK PACES start date March 2021:

12 Jan 2021

Following a decision by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK in response to the UK wide lockdown and pressures on the NHS, we regret to advise that the start of the 2021/1 UK PACES examination diet is to be delayed until 13 March 2021.

The three Royal Colleges of Physicians’ examination teams are working with their centres to reschedule and will be in contact with all candidates as soon as rescheduled dates are available.

Professor Jackie Taylor, RCPSG President and chair of the Federation said: