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MRCPsych: Requirements for Entry

Each application is assessed according to three criteria: Training, Registration and Sponsorship. Any application which does not fully satisfy the Regulations in all of these areas will be deemed ineligible.


Training Requirements
 
MRCPsych part I Examination
 
Applicants must have completed twelve months of post-registration full-time training (or equivalent part-time, flexible training) in posts approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, by the date of the Written Paper Examination.
 
This must be made up as follows:
 
  • twelve months of General Adult Psychiatry; or
  • six months of General Adult Psychiatry and six months of Old Age Psychiatry.

 

Other psychiatric sub-specialities are not acceptable for the basic training requirement. The duration of any one training post must not be less than six months, and training must be supported by a concurrent academic MRCPsych course.
 
For the purposes of the part I Examination, General Adult Psychiatry is defined as:
(a) General Adult or (b) Social and Community
 
Alternatively, a General Adult post may be a split post consisting of:
(a) General Adult or (b) Social and Community
 
PLUS
 
(a) Rehabilitation or (b) Substance Misuse
 
Further training for applicants who are re-sitting:
 
Full-time and Flexible (part-time) trainees: Candidates are required to re-enter or remain in approved psychiatric training which is supported by an appropriate academic course or programme of education and clinical instruction agreed by the applicant’s College Tutor, between each attempt at the Examination. This further training may be in any psychiatric sub-speciality.
 
Flexible (part-time) Training in the UK and Republic of Ireland
 
Trainees entering the Examination for the first time:
 
The Royal College of Psychiatrists accepts part-time training, known as Flexible Training, only where a programme has been given prospective educational approval by the Examinations Sub-Dean.
 
The total training period should be equivalent in duration and quality to a normal full-time programme, and must not be less than half-time. It must include all types of clinical experience and responsibility, including residential, on-call, and emergency duties. The duration of any one training post must not be less than the equivalent of six months full-time.
 
Prospective candidates seeking further information and an application form for approval of Flexible Training are advised to contact the Assistant to the Head of Examination Services.

MRCPsych part II Examination

Candidates must have passed, or have been granted exemption from, the MRCPsych part I Examination, and have completed thirty months of full-time post-registration training (or equivalent part-time flexible training) in posts approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, by the date of the written papers. This must be made up as follows, and includes training undertaken towards MRCPsych part I:
 
  • twelve months (minimum) in General Adult Psychiatry; and
  • eighteen months in any psychiatric sub-speciality (including General Adult) but no more than twelve months in any one such sub-speciality (apart from General Adult).

 

The duration of any one training post must not be less than six months, and training must be supported by a concurrent academic course. (This will normally be an MRCPsych course, though the Sub-Dean for Examinations has discretion to accept other postgraduate courses she considers to be appropriate.)
 
All trainees who fail the MRCPsych part II Examination at the first attempt may apply for a second attempt without undergoing further training, but they must still fulfil the requirements in terms of Registration and Sponsorship.
 
Full-time trainees and Flexible (part-time) trainees entering for their third or subsequent attempts:
 
Candidates are required to re-enter or remain in approved psychiatric training, which is supported by an appropriate academic course or programme of education and clinical instruction approved by the applicant’s College Tutor, between the second and third and each subsequent attempt at the Examination. This further training may be in any psychiatric sub-speciality.
 

 
Registration Requirements
 
MRCPsych part I and part II
 
Trainees in the United Kingdom must normally be registered under the Medical Acts on the Full or Limited Register of Medical Practitioners with the General Medical Council during the full period of their training.
 
Applicants with Limited Registration applying to re-sit the Examination, and whose Registration expires during the required period of further approved training, will be permitted to sit the Examination provided they have completed at least four months' further training before their Registration expires.
 

 
Sponsorship Requirements
 
MRCPsych part I and part II
 
Each application for the Examination must be supported by statements from two Consultant Psychiatrists. In all cases the first sponsor must be the applicant’s current College Tutor. The second sponsor must be a College approved educational supervisor who has supervised the applicant’s training for at least four months in the year prior to the closing date for receipt of application.
 
In rare cases, the College Tutor may also be an appropriate Consultant Supervisor, and it is acceptable for this one Consultant to sponsor an applicant in both capacities. In all other cases, however, applicants must be supported by both sponsors in order to be eligible.