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

The selected metrics report provides details about the 2015 (and 2014) examinations. 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 - 2017/3 diet:

Candidate Group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 58.8%
UK graduates 1st attempt 71.0%
UK graduates all attempts 66.9%
All candidates 48.2%

Part 1 Examination - 2017/2 diet:

Candidate group          % of candidates passing
UK trainees 50.6%
UK graduates 1st attempt 60.9%
UK graduates all attempts 55.6%
All candidates 46.1%

Part 1 Examination - 2017/01 Diet:

Candidate Group % of candidates Passing
UK trainees 42.8%
UK graduates 1st attempt 54.6%
UK graduates all attempts 48.8%
All candidates 37.9%

Part 1 Examination annual performance report

Part 2 Written Examination 2017/03 Diet:

Candidate group % of Candidates Passing
UK trainees 76.8%
UK graduates 1st attempt 83.8%
UK graduates all attempts 82.8%
All candidates 76.2%

Part 2 Written Examination 2017/02 Diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 68.6%
UK graduates 1st attempt 79.2%
UK graduates all attempts 75.9%
All candidates 59.3%

Part 2 Written Examination - 2017/1 diet:

Candidate group   % of candidates passing
UK trainees 79.6%
UK graduates 1st attempt 90.5%
UK graduates all attempts 84.3%
All candidates 68.3%

Part 2 Written Examination annual performance report

PACES Examination - 2017/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 56.8%
UK graduates 1st attempt 63.5%
UK graduates all attempts 63.9%
All candidates 41.4%

PACES Examination - 2017/2 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 54.0%
UK graduates 1st attempt 61.3%
UK graduates all attempts 61.3%
All candidates 43.4%

PACES Examination - 2017/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 57.5%
UK graduates 1st attempt 68.7%
UK graduates all attempts 65.6%
All candidates 44.3%

PACES Examination annual performance report

SCEs

Specialty Diet % of UK trainees passing % of all candidates passing
Acute Medicine 2017/1 69.5 52.6
Dermatology 2017/1 82.6 54.2
Endocrinology & Diabetes 2017/1 78.1 51.2
Gastroenterology 2017/1 76.4 59.1
Geriatric Medicine 2018/1 84.5 76.2
Infectious Diseases 2017/1 85.7 47.4
Medical Oncology 2017/1 87.2 54.3
Nephrology 2018/1 78.1 48.3
Neurology 2017/1 84.4 52.8
Palliative Medicine 2017/1 85.5 76.1
Respiratory Medicine 2017/1 74.6 62.1
Rheumatology 2017/1 76.6 49.7


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:

2017 Equality and Diversity Report