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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


About College Membership and Association



The normal route to membership of the College requires 24 months post foundation/internship experience in Psychiatry AND a pass in

ALL components of the MRCPsych Examinations.

Full details of Examinations are available via the Examinations section of the website.  Full details of Membership are sent to successful candidates.


Specialist Associateship

Specialist Associateship of the College is open to registered medical practitioners working in the United Kingdom and who meet the following criteria:


  • At least 5 years experience in psychiatry.
  • Specialist training which has been assessed in the United Kingdom as being at least equivalent to a full programme of specialist training in psychiatry in the United Kingdom.
  • Support from two sponsors who are subscribing Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • Support from the Chair of the College Division in which the applicant is working at the time of application (the College will submit completed forms  to Divisional Chairs on behalf of applicants).


Please click the links below to download information and application forms. We have quarterly entry points, so to register from 1st April 2014 the fees are: One off registration fee: £178.  Subscription to December 2014: £318.74 (making a total of £496.75)



Affiliateship offers psychiatrists in the UK , who are not in training grades or substantive consultant posts, the opportunity of involvement with the College. Affiliates receive the British Journal of Psychiatry and The Psychiatrist and may participate in Continuing Professional Development. 
For further information on Affiliateship: Visit the Affiliate pages on this site, telephone the Information Governance and Constitutional Affairs Manager on 020 3701 2589, or email

Fellowship is awarded to a Member who has made a significant and distinctive contribution to psychiatry and depends upon the recommendation of two subscribing Members of the College. Fellowship is not normally awarded until the nominee has held the Membership for a minimum of ten years.
For further information on Fellowship: Visit the Fellowship pages on this site, telephone the Information Governance & Constitutional Affairs Manager on 020 3701 2589, or email  The 2014/2015 round opens in late February 2014 and will be well publicised for potential applicants.

International Associateship
There are two routes to International Associateship for 2014- the standard route for all applicants and a special scheme for current members of the American Psychiatric Association. 
Am I eligible?
International Associateship may be awarded to psychiatrists with five years’ experience in psychiatry who do not hold the MRCPsych,but who hold a specialist qualification in psychiatry and who reside outside the UK .
What are the benefits?
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is one of the world's leading membership organisations for psychiatrists. Through its members, the College is at the forefront of international developments in psychiatry. International Associateship enables you to share your experience as a psychiatrist and receive the following benefits:-
  • Affiliation to relevant International Division of the College
  • Welcome pack and certificate of association
  • Receipt of and online access to College journals
  • Free online access to Evidence Based Mental Health and Australasian Psychiatry journals 
  • Advance notification and membership rates for College conferences
  • Invitations to specialist International Associate meetings at the College or its International Congress
  • Opportunity to participate in the College’s programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plus discounted subscription to the CPD Online educational resource
  • Full access (includes online) to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Information Service and historic library archive


How much does it cost each year?
Fees are banded according to  World Bank classifications:


International associates Standard rate 2014 APA scheme rate 2014
Band A £218 £163.50

Band B

£174 £130.50
Band C £131 £98.25
Band D £87 £65.25

How do I join?

Standard scheme

Applicants under the standard scheme please download the standard CV from, the standard citation form and the registration form and send to Elizabeth Atkinson, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB, UK.  Please include copies of your certificates of medical registration and psychiatric qualification, with English translations if not in English.  We must have these to process your application.


APA members scheme

Please download the APA scheme CV form, the APA scheme citation form and the registration form.  When they are completed please send to Elizabeth Atkinson, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB, UK. Emails can be sent to  Please include also copies of your certificates of current medical registration and of your qualification as a psychiatrist.  If these aren't in English please include translations. We must have these to process your application. Don't send any payment at this stage.

If you are applying under the APA scheme you do not need to supply a supporting statement (citation) because the College will arrange this on your behalf.  Please mark the citation form "APA member - applying under this scheme".


What happens next?

Your application will be checked. We will write back to you to confirm acceptance and explain how to pay the fee to complete your registration.  Once this is received your welcome pack will be sent and your mailings and other benefits will start.


Any queries?

For further information on International Associateship please contact Elizabeth Atkinson on 020 3701 2589, or email

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