MRCP Specialty Certification Exams

Part 1

The purpose of the MRCP (UK) Part 1 Examination is to identify those physicians in training who, having satisfied the entry criteria, possess a broad knowledge and understanding of common and important disorders as well as clinical science.


To test the acquisition of a representative sample of medical knowledge as specified in the 2009 Specialty Training Curriculum for Core Medical Training.

To measure the candidate’s ability to apply their medical knowledge in regard to common and important disorders and clinical science, as outlined in the 2009 Specialty Training Curriculum for Core Medical Training, and make appropriate clinical judgment

Part 2


The MRCP (UK) Part 2 Written Examination can be taken by physicians in training who have passed the MRCP (UK) Part 1 Examination. Success in this examination demonstrates the attainment of the minimum level of knowledge expected for a physician in training and the ability to apply this knowledge to clinical problem solving and clinical practice.


The MRCP (UK) Part 2 Written Examination will test the ability to apply clinical understanding, make clinical judgments and take responsibility for:

  • prioritizing diagnostic or problem lists
  • planning investigation
  • selecting a plan for immediate management
  • selecting a plan for long-term management
  • assessing prognosis

The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is a world leader in medical education and assessment, promoting the highest clinical standards. The Federation represents some of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious medical education institutions, with an international reputation for exceptional quality in medical education and assessment. Today’s modern and forward-thinking qualifications are the product of over 150 years of experience in training and examining clinical knowledge and skills, drawing on the expertise of leading physicians from around the globe. Each SCE is developed in partnership with the relevant medical specialist society for the UK:

  • Acute medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology and diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Medical oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative medicine
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Society for Acute Medicine
  • British Association of Dermatologists
  • Association of British Clinical
  • Diabetologists and Society for
  • Endocrinology

British Society of Gastroenterology

British Geriatrics Society

British Infection Association

Association of Cancer Physicians

The Renal Association

Association of British Neurologists

Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland

British Thoracic Society

British Society for Rheumatology

The questions in each paper have been scrutinized and checked for the accuracy of Content on repeated occasions, by different groups of specialists. They are prepared in a format that adheres to the highest principles of educational assessment. No other organization goes to greater lengths to ensure the consistency of its standards.