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The MRCPsych Examinations can be taken
This diagram illustrates the typical training timeline of a UK
psychiatrist from Foundation years through to being a
The MRCPsych Paper A Examination can be taken from FY2 but does
not count towards eligibility requirements for Paper B or the CASC.
Candidates will progress through the MRCPsych Examination from CT1
– CT3 where they go onto specialty training, obtain their CCT and
then become a Consultant. (click to enlarge)
You are eligible to take Paper A if you are a
fully registered medical practitioner.
You are eligible to take Paper B if:
you’re on an approved training programme. We recommend you have
12 months’ experience in psychiatry before attempting Paper B.
you are in a post recognised by your hospital or trust as having
contracted time and funding for educational training. Your job plan
must include dedicated time for academic and educational activities
such as attending journal clubs, grand rounds, attending an
MRCPsych course of equivalent, study leave and weekly educational
You are eligible to take CASC if:
You have 24 months’ whole time equivalent post foundation /
internship experience in psychiatry.
A pass in Papers A and B, OR you comply with transitional
You have sponsorship in place, and can demonstrate one of the
If your post is within a programme of approved training, you
have successfully completed the Annual Review of Competence
Progression by the time you apply for CASC.
for all other posts, you must have successfully completed an
Assessment Portfolio, showing achievement of equivalent
competencies to those defined in the ARCP, to include competencies
in Psychotherapy AND Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or Learning
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