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 - 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 - 2019/1 diet:

Candiate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 51.0%
UK graduates 1st attempt 65.1%
UK graduates all attempts 57.5%
All candidates 45.7%

Part 1 Examination - 2018/3 diet:

 Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 53.7%
UK graduates 1st attempt 70.5%
UK graduates all attempts 62.3%
All candidates 42.8%

Part 1 Examination annual performance report

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 - 2018/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 68.7%
UK graduates 1st attempt 79.9%
UK graduates all attempts 77.0%
All candidates 66.8%

Part 2 Written Examination annual performance report

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 - 2019/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidate passing
UK trainees 56.9%
UK graduates 1st attempt 68.8%
UK graduates all attempts 67.4%
All candidates 47.6%

PACES Examination - 2018/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 58.4%
UK graduates 1st attempt 70.3%
UK graduates all attempts 69.8%
All candidates 45.0%

PACES Examination annual performance report

SCE - 2018/1 diet:

Specialty Diet % of UK trainees passing % of all candidates passing
Acute Medicine 2018/1 69.1 54.5
Dermatology 2018/1 84.6 57.6
Endocrinology & Diabetes 2018/1 78.9 51.2
ESEGH 2018/1 83.0 67.3
Geriatric Medicine 2018/1 84.5 76.2
Infectious Diseases 2017/1 85.7 47.4
Medical Oncology 2018/1 90.9 67.5
Nephrology 2018/1 78.1 48.3
Neurology 2018/1 78.4 51.7
Palliative Medicine 2018/1 70.5 61.5
Respiratory Medicine 2018/1 71.8 51.9
Rheumatology 2018/1 76.0

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SCE - 2019/1 diet:

(To be uploaded in full at the end of the diet).


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:

2018 Equality and Diversity Report