Grades of membership

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 Examinations are available via the Examinations section of the website.

Full details of Membership are sent to successful candidates.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 October 2019 the fees are: £299.50 - £187 one-off registration fee and £112.50 (pro-rated 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.

Affiliateship is open to psychiatrists in the Specialty Doctor, Staff Grade and doctors not on the GMC Specialist Register.

Other job titles are sometimes used to describe such posts, and individual consideration may be given to doctors in other grades, not specified above, but who are working in psychiatry.

This grade enables psychiatrists who are not in training grades or substantive consultant posts, and who do not have the MRCPsych, to join the College.

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

  • Have support from two sponsors who are subscribing Members, Fellows or Specialist Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 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

We have quarterly entry points (1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October), to register from 1 October 2019 the fees are: £276.75 - £187 one-off registration fee and £89.75 (pro-rated 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.

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.

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, unfortunately Affiliates and Associates cannot apply.

If successful, 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

 

Can I join?

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 associates Standard rate 2019
 Band A £232
 Band B £186
 Band C £139
 Band D £93

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

If you're a medical student interested in a career in psychiatry, your first step should be to become a student associate at the college. It's free and there are lots of benefits including:

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 (BJPsych, BJPsych 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.

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

The Foundation Doctor Associate grade is free to join and open to all UK foundation doctors. As an associate, you will receive great benefits including:

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.

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

 

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