Applying for your exam

How to apply for exams, including links to online application forms during times when we are inviting applications

How to apply - in brief

To apply you'll need to complete our online application form. You should allow about 15 minutes to complete it. Here you'll be able to update your contact details and enter your training history including medical registration.

We encourage you to refer to the privacy notice for exam candidates beforehand as you'll be asked to consent to this prior to proceeding to the payment page.

Please also note that you are required to meet the IT requirements for the online assessment platform when applying for your sitting. Please refer to the IT requirement list for this. The list of IT requirements for the written papers will be available closer to the opening of the next application window.

Please also have your credit/debit card details handy for payment.

If you're applying for the Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) you'll need the email address and full details of your sponsor.

Full details about each aspect of the application are provided below.

The online form will only be available during the published application dates and must be submitted by the closing date. Applications will not be accepted after the published closing date.

All applications for entry should be made using the online form.  Please note only card payments can be made using the online application.

The College does not accept responsibility for delays or computer failures and no allowances will be made for this.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Notes on completing the online application form

New candidates will need to register first for a College web login. Follow the relevant links on the form before completing the Online Candidate Application.

Section A – Personal Details

Contact details

This address will be used to post your results to. If you are already registered with the College, only your contact details that you previously requested for mailing will show. You are able to update your details by clicking the ‘Update my contact details’ button.

Disability and Special Requirements

Please indicate if you have a disability and/or special requirements that may require reasonable adjustment.

Candidates who have any special requirements (in the form of disability or illness) that may affect their performance in the examination are advised to inform the College at the earliest possible opportunity in order that they may be assisted where possible.

A medical certificate is often required in support of such claims and will be considered in accordance with the College’s policy. Candidates with dyslexia are required to submit a report from an Educational Psychologist with their completed application.

Please email this to the Examinations Unit at examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Section B – Primary Medical Qualifications and Registration

If your name appears on either the UK list of the current edition of the Medical Register of the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom (GMC) or the Irish list of the equivalent Medical Council in Ireland, you do not have to provide documentary evidence.

New entrants outside of the UK and Ireland are required to submit documentary evidence of their Primary Medical Qualification and Registration on entering the examination for the first time. For those who need to submit documentary evidence, an original or attested copy of your medical qualification and registration certificate is required.

Photocopies will only be accepted if officially stamped by either the issuing university/medical school/medical body or a practicing solicitor/attorney to declare it as a true copy of the original.

Documents only need to be submitted with your first application.  For new candidates submitting original documentation, all documents will be returned to you at your contact address.

Please ensure you submit all documentary evidence BEFORE the closing date, otherwise you will not be permitted to sit the exam. 

Please send documents to the Examinations Unit at examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk 

Section C – Training

All applicants are requested to give details of all previous psychiatric posts in chronological order, starting with the current/most recent. If you have made an application before, your previous training posts will be displayed.

Note:

It is important that you do not enter an end date for your current post.

You must click 'Save' after entering in post(s) before pressing 'Continue'.

Section D – Written Paper Selection

Candidates requesting extra time due to special requirements or disability must contact the examinations department at examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk.           

Results displayed on website

Trainees have requested that the examination pass list should appear on the College's website.

Under data protection legislation, we have an obligation to ensure that any personal information given by examination candidates is only published on the website with their explicit consent.

You should be aware that information that appears on the website is accessible to members of the public worldwide, including individual patients.

We are not able to change your request to be included in or excluded from the Pass list after the closing date.

Section E – Summary and Declaration

The relevant examination fee will be automatically generated for you based on whether you are a PMPT/Affiliate or a non-PMPT/non-Affiliate.

All candidates must agree to the MRCPsych Examinations and Eligibility Criteria and the Data Protection Statement before making a payment.

Further information can be found on our Data Protection pages.

Payment

You will be redirected to a secure Netbanx payment screen where you can pay by credit or debit card.

Please ensure you check the email address in the relevant field. Once you have completed payment click ‘Return to Merchant’.

Confirmation

You will receive two confirmation emails:

Please ensure you check your junk email folders. If you do not receive both confirmation emails within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact the Examinations Unit at examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

The online form will only be available during the published application dates and must be submitted by the closing date.

Applications will not be accepted after the published closing date.

All applications for entry should be made using the online form.  Please note only credit or debit card payments can be made using the online application.

The College does not accept responsibility for delays or computer failures and no allowances will be made for this.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Notes on completing the online application form

You will require a College web login to access the form.  If you do not have a login, you will need to register first for a College web login by following the relevant links.

Section A – Personal Details

Contact details

This address will be used to post your results to. If you are already registered with the College, only your contact details that you previously requested for mailing will show. You are able to update your details by clicking the ‘Update my contact details’ button.

Disability and Special Requirements

Please indicate if you have a disability and/or special requirements that may require reasonable adjustment.

Candidates who have any special requirements (in the form of disability or illness) that may affect their performance in the examination are advised to inform the College at the earliest possible opportunity in order that they may be assisted where possible.

A medical certificate is often required in support of such claims and will be considered in accordance with the College’s policy. Candidates with dyslexia are required to submit a report from an Educational Psychologist with their completed application.

Please complete the special requirements form and  email it to examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk by the close of the application period.

Section B – Primary Medical Qualifications and Registration

You must provide up to date details of your registration.

Section C – Training

All applicants must select their status – Either UK Trainee, UK Non-Trainee or Overseas.

All applicants are requested to give details of current and all previous psychiatric posts in chronological order, starting with the current/most recent.

If you have made an application before, your previous training posts will be displayed.

You must complete details of your current training post including your status as a UK Trainee, UK Non-Trainee or Overseas candidate.

Failure to do this will mean your sponsor will be unable to access the sponsorship page and your application will not be completed. You would then need to contact the Examinations department to re-set your application.

Note: You must click 'Save' after entering in post(s) before pressing 'Continue' otherwise your information will not be stored.

Section D – CASC Examination Selection

Your validity period will be displayed as well as the number of your previous attempts.  If your validity period has expired you will not be permitted to continue with the form and must contact examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk

Results displayed on website

Trainees have requested that the examination pass list should appear on the College's website.

Under data protection legislation, we have an obligation to ensure that any personal information given by examination candidates is only published on the website with their explicit consent.

You should be aware that information that appears on the website is accessible to members of the public worldwide, including individual patients.

We are not able to change your request to be included in or excluded from publication of the Pass List after the closing date.

MRCPsych Courses

If you have attended a non-commercial MRCPsych Course attached to your Trust, Deanery or University, please select the relevant course from the drop down list provided. If the course is not listed then please select "Other/Unspecified". If you have not attended a course then there please select "None".

Section E – Sponsorship

You will need to enter your sponsor’s Title, Forename, Surname and Email address. Valid sponsors include College Tutors, Educational Supervisors, Clinical Supervisor, Director of Medical Education, Head of Department, Head of School, or if overseas someone responsible for your appraisal.

Sponsorship must be up to and including the dates of the CASC. Withdrawal of sponsorship prior to the CASC will deem the applicant ineligible.

The College reserves the right to verify the details of the applicant’s sponsor. If confirmation of sponsorship is not verified, the application will be rejected and the College reserves the right to take appropriate action.

Once your sponsor has authorised your application, you will receive a confirmation email from examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk and you will be asked to complete your application and proceed to payment. 

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please follow this up with your sponsor.  You MUST complete your application and payment by the closing date of the application period.

If your sponsor does not complete the authorisation and you do not complete your application and payment within the application period then you will not be entered into the CASC examination.

Please note, if you fail the CASC examination having passed four or fewer stations and/or receive two or more severe fails across stations, a copy of your results letter will be sent to your CASC sponsor/supervisor.

The Examinations Sub- Committee strongly recommends that candidates discuss their results with their sponsor/supervisor and relate them to their development and training in identified areas.

Section F – Summary and Declaration

The relevant examination fee will be automatically generated for you based on whether you are a PMPT/Affiliate or a non-PMPT/non-Affiliate.

All candidates must agree to the MRCPsych Examinations and Eligibility Criteria and the Data Protection Statement before making a payment.

Further information regarding the College policy on Data Protection is available.

Payment

You will be redirected to a secure Netbanx payment screen where you can pay by credit or debit card.  Please ensure you check the email address in the relevant field. Once you have completed payment click ‘Return to Merchant’

Confirmation

You will receive two confirmation emails:

Please ensure you check your junk email folders. If you do not receive both confirmation emails within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact the Examinations Unit examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

This page contains information about the fees to apply for RCPsych exams.

Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainees (PMPT) and affiliates of the College taking exams in the UK and Ireland are entitled to a discount.

What fee do I pay for 2021 Examinations?

Candidate

Paper A

Paper B

CASC

PMPT Trainees and Affiliates

£486

£437

£1,004

Non-PMPT Trainees and Affiliates

£539

£485

£1,115

How to pay

You can pay by Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card.

The application form includes a section for entering your card details.

How do I request a receipt?

You will receive an automatic Netbanx receipt and an acknowledgment email after your application is completed.

If you require another receipt then please email examinations@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Can I claim tax back on my examinations?

Following a change in the tax case law, trainees who sat the exams should be able to claim tax back. The College provides a letter of confirmation for rebate purposes.

This is the AoMRC advice on this subject.

Paper A

Applications must be submitted no later than 3.30pm UK time on the last date of the application period.

DietDate of ExaminationApplication PeriodPublication of Results
2a1 December 202028 September – 23 October 202015 January 2021
2b15 December 202028 September – 9 October 202029 January 2021
1
15 June 2021
26 April – 14 May 2021
13 July 2021
2
7 December 2021
11 October – 29 October 2021
11 February 2022

Paper B

Applications must be submitted no later than 3.30pm UK time on the last date of the application period.

DietDate of ExaminationApplication PeriodPublication of Results
2a7 October 20203 August – 14 August 202010 November 2020
2b19 November 20203 August – 14 August 202015 December 2020
1
23 March 2021
25 January – 5 February 2021
4 May 2021
2
5 October 2021
26 July – 13 August 2021
9 November 2021

CASC

Applications must be submitted no later than 3.30pm UK time on the last date of the application period. Please note that due to the ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CASC examination will not be run in either Singapore in May 2021 nor in Hong Kong in October 2021. Candidates who were planning to enter the Singapore and Hong Kong CASCs are welcome to apply to sit the online versions that will take place in January and September 2021.

DietDate of ExaminationApplication PeriodPublication of Results
111 - 22 January 202126 October - 13 November 202012 February 2021
26 - 17 September 20217 - 25 June 20218 October 2021

How long have I got to complete my exams?

Once you've passed your first written paper – whether that is Paper A or B – you have 1,643 days from the date the results are published to complete all remaining parts of MRCPsych.

If you haven't completed all parts within the 1,643 days, you'll need to re-sit all parts to pass. 

Special circumstances

There are various circumstances under which you may be granted an extension, for instance if you took maternity leave, or worked part-time.

Detailed information on these rules, and how to apply for an extension and make an appeal, is provided in section 1:6 of the exams eligibility criteria and regulations.

To apply for an extension you must use the following form.

You have 1,643 days from the date the result their first written exam was published, to sit the clinical exam.

The table below shows what these time limits mean for you. 

First Written Paper PassedResults Published1643 days from Date of Publication
Paper A Diet 2 201519 February 201619 August 2020
Paper A Diet 1 201619 July 201617 January 2021
Paper B Diet 1 201613 May 201611 November 2020
Paper A Diet 2 201617 February 201718 August 2021
Paper B Diet 2 201604 November 201605 May 2021
Paper A Diet 1 201718 July 201716 January 2022
Paper B Diet 1 201705 May 201703 November 2021
Paper A Diet 2 201716 February 201817 August 2022
Paper B Diet 2 201703 November 201704 May 2022
Paper A Diet 1 201817 July 201815 January 2023
Paper B Diet 1 201808 May 201806 November 2022
Paper A Diet 2 201815 February 201916 August 2023
Paper B Diet 2 201809 November 201810 May 2023
Paper A Diet 1 201916 July 201913 January 2024
Paper B Diet 1 201909 May 201906 November 2023
Paper A Diet 2 201917 February 202016 August 2024
Paper B Diet 2 201908 November 201907 May 2024
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