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 Written Examination

2022/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing 
UK trainees 1st attempt  70.8%
UK trainees all attempts 48.0%
UK graduates 1st attempt 71.8%
UK graduates all attempts 65.5%
All candidates 48.9%
   

2021/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidate passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 44.0%
UK trainees all attempts 35.8%
UK graduates 1st attempt 67.6%
UK graduates all attempts 59.9%
All candidates 41.9%
   

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%
   

Part 1 Examination annual performance report (2021)

Part 2 Written Examination

2022/1 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 84.4%
UK trainees all attempts 77.0%
UK graduates 1st attempt 87.8%
UK graduates all attempts 84.1%
All candidates 73.0%
   

2021/3 diet:

Candidate group % of candidate passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 82.2%
UK trainees all attempts 75.0%
UK graduates 1st attempt 87.5%
UK graduates all attempts 82.6%
All candidates 75.0%
   

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%
   

PACES Examination

2021/3 diet: 

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 58.9%
UK trainees all attempts 57.9%
UK graduates 1st attempt 70.5%
UK graduates all attempts 68.8%
All candidates 55.0%

2021/2 diet:

Candidate group % of candidates passing
UK trainees 1st attempt 57.3%
UK trainees all attempts 54.4%
UK graduates 1st attempt 69.6%
UK graduates all attempts 67.1%
All candidates 55.4%
   

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%
   

PACES Examination annual performance report (2021)

SCE - 2022:

  % of UK trainees passing % of all candidates passing
ESENeph 65.5% 47.9%
SCE Geriatric medicine 79.7% 64.8%

SCE - 2021:

Specialty Diet % of UK trainees passing % of all candidates passing
Acute Medicine 2021 84.9 72.4
Dermatology 2021 53.8 40.9
Endocrinology & Diabetes 2021 84.7 69.8
EBEEDM 2021 n/a 66.7
ESEGH 2021 83.7 78.8
ESE Nephrology 2021 70.2 47.1
Geriatric Medicine 2021 81.5 75.2
Medical Oncology 2021 81.5 73.4
Neurology 2021 80.4 65.0
Palliative Medicine 2021 89.7 66.7
Respiratory medicine 2021 62.2 50.3
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:

2021 Equality and Diversity Report