Successful completion of the entire three-part examination is required before you can start specialist internal medicine training in the UK.
All the MRCP and Specialty Certificate Examinations are approved by the General Medical Council (GMC) as part of the UK postgraduate medical training programme and follow the UK curricula and guidelines.
Training during the foundation years (FY1 and FY2) enables newly qualified doctors to achieve general clinical and non-clinical competencies defined in the UK curriculum.
This covers acute, community, mental health and general practice. It forms the bridge between medical school and specialty training.
Internal Medicine Training
Internal Medicine Training (IMT) forms the first stage of specialty training for most doctors training in physicianly specialties and will prepare trainees for participating in the acute medical take at a senior level and managing patients with acute and chronic medical problems in outpatient and inpatient settings.
The curriculum for IMT stage 1 was approved by the GMC in December 2017 and replaces Core Medicial Training (CMT) from August 2019.
Trainees must complete IMT and acquire the full MRCP(UK) Diploma in order to enter specialty training at ST4 from 2022. Some specialties (group 2 specialties) will recruit trainees who have completed two years of IMT and completed MRCP(UK) at ST3 level.
Specialty Training (ST3 – 6) are NHS training posts in specific specialties following on from core medical training.
Purpose and objectives MRCP Part 1
MRCP Part 1 is the entry-level examination accessible to doctors with a minimum of 12 months’ postgraduate experience in medical employment.
Covers a broad range of topics to ensure the level of knowledge is appropriate to physicians at the beginning of postgraduate training.
MRCP Part 1 is the first component of a sequence of assessments intended to match the progression of trainees undertaking the Core Medical Training / Internal Medical Training programme in the UK, adding unique information and building on previous assessments.
Knowledge as an essential base for the practice of clinical reasoning
Knowledge is vital as a basis for learning during postgraduate training, to develop an understanding of disease processes and their treatment.
Building on the knowledge of basic medical science gained in undergraduate education, the purpose of Part 1 is to test knowledge and understanding of common and important disorders, as outlined in the UK curriculum, as well as clinical science.
Knowledge and understanding of UK national guidelines are also required.
Success in the MRCP Part 1 Examination indicates that the trainee has not only retained the knowledge acquired during undergraduate training, but that his/her knowledge of medicine has expanded and kept pace with developments that have occurred since graduation, and continues to provide an appropriate basis for clinical decision making.
MRCP Part 1 is a valuable milestone during training, and helps to prepare trainees for the more challenging Part 2 Written and Clinical Examinations.
Clinical science forms the basis of all medical practice, and so it is an important component of the Part 1 exam. Wherever appropriate, clinical science questions will include a clinical stem, although this will not invariably be the case if such a stem would not be justified due to the nature of the question.
As a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK has taken the extremely difficult but necessary decision to cancel all MRCP(UK) examinations in the UK and internationally until September 2020 (Click here to read more).
Please contact the relevant College of Entry and request for a paper application form. Previously saved or stored paper applications will not be accepted, you must contact the relevant College of Entry for the most recent version.
When you apply for the Part 1 examination for the first time you will be required to submit evidence of your primary medical qualification.
If your payment fails at the time of your application you will also need to provide payment by following the instructions below.
Please note that copies of qualifications will only be accepted once a registration period is open and candidates have submitted an online application. Any qualifications sent before the relevant opening date will not be processed.
Primary medical qualification
This evidence will take the form of an authenticated copy of your diploma of primary medical qualification (PMQ). This document can be scanned and emailed to the MRCP Part 1 administration team.
Candidates with a UK General Medical Council provisional or full registration will need to submit their registration number at the time of application.
Candidates registered with the GMC do not need to provide a scanned copy of their qualification unless requested by MRCP(UK) central office.
Submission of documentary evidence of primary medical qualification
Photocopies of certificates and/or official translations (in English)* will be accepted only if they have been prepared and authenticated by one of the following:
issuing University or Medical School
a British Consulate or British Council outside the UK
British High Commission
candidate’s own Embassy
High Commission in the UK
a member of the Gardai in the Irish Republic
Government Ministries of Health
a notary public
a Fellow or Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians or a Chair of the Examining Board of the awarding body (verification of the Fellow or Member will be sought to ensure that they are affiliated with the issuing University/Medical School and the authenticated copy should be submitted with the authenticator’s full name, their Royal Colleges of Physicians code and an accompanying official stamp or letter from that Fellow, Member or Chair).
Candidates must submit an authenticated translation if their primary medical degree certificate is not in English. A fresh ink stamp, in English, must be used to authenticate the copy or translation of the primary medical qualification.
Any stamps/signatures must be made on the front of the certificate and in English. If we are unable to clearly see who as attested the document, you will be asked to provide a new attestation stamp.
The Colleges reserve the right to request to see the original documents if there is any doubt as to the authenticity of the submitted copies of documents.
Candidates who register with Glasgow Administrative office (covering Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds, and Liverpool) should scan and email documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates who are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the United Kingdom do not need to send their Primary Medical Qualifications. They will automatically have their qualifications verified via the GMC upon providing the correct GMC number.
The Subject Line of your email should contain ‘Primary Medical Qualification’ and your RCP code number
Attach scanned copies of your forms and documents. You can review the Help instructions of your email program to learn how to attach files.
Images must be in PDF or JPEG file format and not password protected.
The resolution must be good enough to clearly show all text, images, markings, and seals visible on the original physical document
Be sure to include all pages of multi-page documents and both sides of double-sided documents
Emails should not be more than 2MB in size. If you have multiple forms and documents to send us, you should consider sending more than one email.
Zip files cannot be accepted.
If a scanned document image is not acceptable, you will be requested to submit a new, higher quality scanned image, or the original document by post.
Please note due to the large amount of primary medical qualifications received during an application period, it may take up to 4 weeks after the close of the application period to process your qualification.
Cheques/bank drafts: Please ensure all cheques and bank drafts are drawn on a UK bank and are made payable to ‘The Royal College of Physicians’. You may pay by any of the methods listed above regardless of the option which you selected at the time of your application (f\Click here for the complete details).
Candidates with constraints on their practice should complete an online declaration form as soon as possible.