Exam pass rates

Pass rates for MRCP(UK) Diploma and Specialty Certificate Examinations

While MRCP(UK) has always closely monitored the proportion of candidates passing our exams (the ‘pass rate’), this information has not always been readily available to candidates, their supervisors or the wider public. Following the successful introduction of equating to the Part 1 Examination in the 2008/3 diet, the MRCP(UK) Management Board has now decided that the pass rates for this exam should be openly available in the public domain.

MRCP(UK) has always closely monitored the proportion of candidates passing our exams (the ‘pass rate’) and this information is now made readily available to candidates, their supervisors or the wider public.

Result performance reports

Performance statistics are intended to help candidates to be more informed and better prepared for the examination. The report is also available to other stakeholders (e.g. deaneries’ representatives, board members, trainees’ supervisors) who would like to find out more about candidates’ performance in order to be able to make informed decisions about training programmes or examination standards. UK trainee status is self-declared and therefore may not be fully representative of the UK trainee population.

Part 1 Examination - 2020/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 58.7%
UK trainees all attempts 49.1%
UK graduates 1st attempt 65.0%
UK graduates all attempts 57.5%
All candidates 39.3%

Part 1 Examination - 2019/3 diet:

Candiate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 59.3%
UK trainees all attempts 49.9%
UK graduates 1st attempt 66.9%
UK graduates all attempts 58.2%
All candidates 41.2%

Part 1 Examination - 2019/2 diet:

Candiate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 45.2%
UK graduates 1st attempt 65.9%
UK graduates all attempts 58.0%
All candidates 34.6%


Part 1 Examination annual performance report (2019)

Part 2 Written Examination - 2019/3 diet

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 70.0%
UK trainees all attempts 62.8%
UK graduates 1st attempt 74.8%
UK graduates all attempts 70.7%
All candidates 62.2%

Part 2 Written Examination - 2019/2 diet

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 59.0%
UK graduates 1st attempt 74.7%
UK graduates all attempts 68.8%
All candidates 56.3%

Part 2 Written Examination - 2019/1 diet

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 69.3%
UK graduates 1st attempt 82.0%
UK graduates all attempts 78.8%
All candidates 63.4%

 

Part 2 Written Examination annual performance report (2019)

PACES Examination - 2020/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 60.7%
UK trainees all attempts 57.2%
UK graduates 1st attempt 69.6%
UK graduates all attempts 71.1%
All candidates 47.6%

PACES Examination - 2019/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 63.8%
UK trainees all attempts 60.2%
UK graduates 1st attempt 70.7%
UK graduates all attempts 71.2%
All candidates 62.2%

PACES Examination - 2019/2 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 59.7%
UK graduates 1st attempt 72.3%
UK graduates all attempts 72.9%
All candidates 49.0%

PACES Examination annual performance report (2019)

SCE - 2019/1 diet:

Specialty Diet % of UK trainees passing % of all candidates passing
Acute Medicine 2019/1 74.2 54.5
Dermatology 2019/1 77.3 57.6
Endocrinology & Diabetes 2019/1 75.0 51.2
ESEGH 2019/1 78.7 67.3
Geriatric Medicine 2019/1 81.5 76.2
Medical Oncology 2019/1 87.9 67.5
Nephrology 2019/1 69.8 48.3
EC Nephrology 2019/1 n/a 54.0
Neurology 2019/1 84.2 51.7
Palliative Medicine 2019/1 78.5 69.0
Respiratory Medicine 2019/1 65.5 44.1
Rheumatology 2019/1 83.1 54.5

Please note the number of candidates who chose to enter for the SCEs varied significantly between specialties.

The annual performance report for the SCEs are available on each of the specialty pages.

Report on MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examination pass rates

A report on examination pass rates by gender and ethnicity is available to download:

2019 Equality and Diversity Report