Grades of membership

There are eight grades of membership available at the College to join, depending on your qualifications, experience and location.

Student Associate

If you're a medical student keen to learn more about a career in psychiatry, you can join us for free.

Why join?

  • Network: You'll be invited to free events designed for medical students, and get discounted rates to the College's International Congress, the biggest psychiatry event in the UK attended by psychiatrists worldwide.
  • Learn: You get free electronic subscription to some fantastic magazines (BJPsychBJPsych Bulletin, and BJPsych Advances) and a 10% discount on all other RCPsych publications.
  • Stay up to date: You'll receive regular e-newsletters from the College, aimed at student associates. You'll also receive copies of the biannual associate magazine, Future Psych.
  • Practice: Get free access to Trainees Online (TrOn), our online training module.
  • Good value: It's free to all UK medical students.

How to apply

To become a Student associate please register as a new member and follow the instructions.

Foundation Doctor Associate

Similar to our Student Associate membership, this grade is free for Foundation Doctors who are interested in training to become a psychiatrist. 

 

Why join?

  • Network: You’ll be invited to free events designed for foundation doctors, and get discounted rates to the College’s International Congress, the biggest psychiatry event in the UK attended by psychiatrists worldwide.
  • Learn: You get free electronic subscription to some fantastic magazines (BJPsychBJPsych Bulletin, and BJPsych Advances) and a 10% discount on all other RCPsych publications.
  • Stay up to date: You’ll receive an e-newsletter from the College, aimed at foundation doctor associates. You'll also receive copies of the biannual associate magazine, Future Psych.
  • Practice: Get free access to Trainees Online (TrOn), our online training modules.
  • Good value: It’s free to all UK foundation doctors.

How to apply

To become a Foundation Doctor Associate please register as a new member and follow the instructions.

Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee 

Psychiatry trainees from both the UK and overseas can join us as a Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee or PMPT. 

UK based doctors

All trainees are required to be registered with the College as set out in the "Gold Guide".

You can register as a Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee if you are in the following posts:

  • CT1-3
  • ST1-3
  • LAT psychiatry rotation intending to train for the MRCPsych (Membership) Examination.

The PMPT grade entitles trainees to access Portfolio Online and TrOn.

Register as a PMPT

Find out more details about Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee.

Overseas based doctors

For doctors based overseas, please complete the registration form below and email to membership@rcpsych.ac.uk

We will process this form and send a confirmation email within 72 hours which will include fees for your country banding. 

Once you have received confirmation, you can call +44 (0)203 701 2692/2591 to pay your subscription fee and complete registration.

Affiliate

Affiliateship of the College is open to registered medical practitioners working in the United Kingdom who:

  • do not hold the MRCPsych qualification
  • do not hold specialist registration
  • are not in an approved training post, substantive consultant post or honorary consultant post
  • have support from two sponsors who are subscribing Members, Fellows or Specialist Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

We have quarterly entry points (1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October), to register from 1 January 2020 the fees are: £557 - £191 one-off registration fee and £366 2020 subscription fee.

Please send the application forms to membership@rcpsych.ac.uk or by post to the Membership Office at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Once your Affiliateship has been approved you will be contacted with regards to making payment.

International Associate

The International Associate grade is open 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.

How much does it cost each year?

Fees are banded according to World Bank classifications.

International associatesStandard rate 2020
 Band A£237
 Band B£190
 Band C£142
 Band D£95

How do I join?

Download the application forms and either email to membership@rcpsych.ac.uk or post to the Membership Office at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

You will need to 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.

What happens next?

Your application will be sent to the Chair of the International Division who will make a decision.

You will then receive an email with the decision and information on how to pay the fee.

Any queries?

For further information on International Associateship please email membership@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Application Forms

Specialist Associate

Specialist Associateship of the College is open to registered medical practitioners working in the United Kingdom who have:

  • at least five 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
  • been registered on the GMC Specialist Register
  • support from two sponsors who are subscribing Members or Fellows of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

We have quarterly entry points (1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October), to register from 1 January 2020 the fees are: £650 - £191 one-off registration fee and £459 - 2020 subscription fee.

Please send the application forms to membership@rcpsych.ac.uk or by post to the Membership Office at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Once your Specialist Associateship has been approved you will be contacted with regard to making payment.

Please find information and application forms below.

Member

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 exams. Full details of Membership are sent to successful candidates.

Fellow

We award Fellowship as a mark of distinction and recognition of contributions to psychiatry. You are eligible if you have been a Member for 10 years or more and can demonstrate significant contributions to the core purposes of the College.

Fellowship is open to both UK and Overseas Members, but unfortunately Affiliates and Associates cannot apply. If successful, our Fellows can use the title FRCPsych once they have paid the prescribed registration fee.

For further details on eligibility and how to apply, visit our Fellowship and other Honours page.

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