MRCPsych Equivalence Information
The principal European legislation is
Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional
qualifications. This sets out our obligations for recognition of
the medical qualifications held by doctors from within the European
Economic Area (EEA).
European nationals who have professional
qualifications, which are recognised by the GMC, can apply for
specialist registration and are equivalent to UK trainees who have
a Certification of Completion of Specialist Training (CCT).
EEA qualifications and application information
for specialist registration and can be obtained from the
General Medical Council.
European nationals with some specialist
training in another European member state can enter UK training at
any level and have their previous training counted for the award of
a CCT. However, they need to provide confirmation of this from the
competent authority of the relevant European Country that this
training meets the minimum requirements of Directive 2005/36/EC.
They will need to present this evidence when attending interviews
for posts above CT1 (Core Training Year 1). This confirmation is
then treated in the same way as having training in a GMC approved
The College considers any European
national who meets the minimum requirements of Directive 2005/36/EC
has also achieved MRCPsych equivalence. The College do not assess
or issue letters of equivalence for European applicants who meet
Directive requirements. However, European applicants who meet
Directive requirements can apply for ST4 appointments provided they
can supply documentation to meet the Deaneries' person
International doctors can now apply to sit the MRCPsych
Full details of the MRCPsych examination dates, application
process, and eligibility criteria and regulations are available on
the Examinations Unit pages.
In order to obtain the MRCPsych you must complete and pass all 3
papers and the CASC. The MRCPsych is a mid level
qualification and trainees have to undertake a further 3 years of
higher training before qualifying to become a consultant
In order to qualify for a UK higher training post, at ST4 level,
doctors must ensure that they pass all components of the
MRCPsych examination, both written and clinical, and complete a
minimum of 36 months whole time equivalent of
post-foundation/internship experience/training in
On completion of this training psychiatrists
can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility of
Specialist Registration via a combined programme CESR (CP).
CESR and Training Co-ordinator
Last updated July 2013