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

2021/2 diet:

Candidate group % of candidate passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 46.4%
UK trainees all attempts 32.2%
UK graduates 1st attempt 70.6%
UK graduates all attempts 64.1%
All candidates 41.8%
   

2021/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidate passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 55.9%
UK trainees all attempts 54.0%
UK graduates 1st attempt 77.4%
UK graduates all attempts 72.5%
All candidates 55.5%
   

2020/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidate passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 67.6%
UK trainees all attempts 59.5%
UK graduates 1st attempt 81.4%
UK graduates all attempts 76.7%
All candidates 56.6%
   

Part 1 Examination annual performance report (2020)

 

Part 2 Written Examination

2021/2 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 73.6%
UK trainees all attempts 68.3%
UK graduates 1st attempt 84.8%
UK graduates all attempts 80.5%
All candidates 61.7%
   

2021/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 83.5%
UK trainees all attempts 80.6%
UK graduates 1st attempt 89.0%
UK graduates all attempts 87.6%
All candidates 71.6%
   

2020/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 83.8%
UK trainees all attempts 79.5%
UK graduates 1st attempt 89.4%
UK graduates all attempts 87.9%
All candidates 73.0%
   

Part 2 Written Examination annual performance report (2020)

PACES Examination

2021/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 64.1%
UK trainees all attempts 63.7%
UK graduates 1st attempt 67.5%
UK graduates all attempts 68.1%
All candidates 61.6%
   

2020/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 68.7%
UK trainees all attempts 63.5%
UK graduates 1st attempt 73.3%
UK graduates all attempts 70.1%
All candidates 57.5%
   

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 annual performance report (2020)

 

SCE - 2021:

Specialty Diet % of UK trainees passing % of all candidates passing
Acute Medicine 2020 86.4 74.0
Dermatology 2020 76.4 61.5
Endocrinology & Diabetes 2021 84.7 69.8
EBEEDM 2021 n/a 66.7
ESEGH 2021 83.7 78.8
Geriatric Medicine 2021 81.5 75.2
Medical Oncology 2020 83.6 79.1
ESE Nephrology 2021 70.2 47.1
Neurology 2021 80.4 65.0
Palliative Medicine 2020 91.1 73.0
Respiratory Medicine 2020 67.1 55.4
Rheumatology 2021 84.5 65.7

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:

2020 Equality and Diversity Report