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
Full details of
Examinations are available via the Examinations section of the
website. Full details of Membership are sent to
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
- 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
- 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. The fee for 2014
includes a one off registration fee of £178 plus an annual
subscription of £425 (£603 in total). Applications received
before 20th December 2013 will attract the discount waiver of the
one off registration fee.
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
For further information on Fellowship:
the Fellowship pages on this site
telephone the Information Governance & Constitutional
Affairs Manager on 0203701 2589, or email email@example.com
closing date for nominations in the current round is 31 July 2013
and results will be announced in February 2014.
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
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
- Affiliation to relevant International Division of the
- 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
- 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:
||APA scheme rate 2014
How do I join?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
For further information on International Associateship please
contact Elizabeth Atkinson on 020 3701 2589, or email email@example.com.