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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Criteria


Applying for an Exam




Preparing for an Exam


Taking the Exam


Withdrawing from an Exam





Eligibility Criteria

What are the requirements for entry to the Written Examinations?

The mandatory requirement for entry to sit MRCPsych Paper A is:


Any fully registered medical practitioner


The mandatory requirement for entry to sit MRCPsych Paper B is:


  • An approved training programme. It is recommended that you have 12 months experience in psychiatry before attempting Paper B



  • Posts Recognised by the Hospital (Trusts where applicable) as incorporating within contractual arrangements specified time and funding for educational training. Job plans must include dedicated time for academic and educational activities such as attending journal clubs, grand rounds, attendance at an MRCPsych course or equivalent, study leave and regular weekly educational supervision.


Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria & Regulations for MRCPsych Examinations document from page 3 for full details of the eligibility requirements regarding the particular exam you wish to sit.



What are the requirements for entry to the CASC examination?

The CASC eligibility criteria can be found in Eligibility Criteria & Regulations for MRCPsych Examinations from page 9.



Are there any non-training posts that the College does not count towards eligibility?

Foundation Programme, Trust Grade and pilot ST posts do not count towards eligibility.



What kind of medical council registration do I need to enter any MRCPsych examination?

All doctors in the UK must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) when applying for the MRCPsych Examinations. The College will verify that registration is valid with the GMC.

Details regarding registration can be found on the GMC website (

Overseas trainees must be registered with their national body. An original or attested copy of their current registration certificate must be included with an application to sit the examination.



I am an overseas candidate, can I take the MRCPsych exams

Yes, trainees from any country in the world can sit the MRCPsych Examinations providing that they meet the eligibility requirements to sit the Examination.



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Applying for an Exam

How do I complete the online application for the Written Examinations?

The form will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. In order to complete the form fully, you will need:

  • Contact details
  • Details of Primary Medical Qualification and Registration
  • Details of training
  • Credit/debit card details

In order to help candidates with the online application process for the Written Examinations Guidance Notes have been created.



How do I complete the online application for the CASC Examination?

The form will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. In order to complete the form fully, you will need:

  • Contact details
  • Email address and full details of your sponsor.
  • Details of training
  • Credit/debit card details

In order to help candidates with the online application process for the CASC Examinations Guidance Notes have been created.



What is my Candidate Number?

Your candidate number is issued to you at your first sitting of any examination and remains the same throughout your examination period.  It is quoted in various documents, including your  admission document and result letter. Candidates are expected to refer to this documentation for their number before contacting the Examinations Unit.  If you are a new candidate (i.e. it is your first examination) you will not have a number. 



Do I need to complete two separate online applications for the Papers A(i) & A(ii)?

No, you should complete and submit one application. You should indicate in Section D that you wish to sit one or both of the examinations.




Who can I nominate as my sponsor for the CASC?

Valid sponsors include College Tutors, Educational Supervisors, Director of Medical Education, Head of Department, Head of School, or if overseas someone responsible for your appraisal. Please note that sponsorship is not required for the MRCPsych Written Exams.



When will I receive an acknowledgement of my application?

For the Written and CASC Examinations, candidates use an online application which generates an automated acknowledgement email. If you have not received this email within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact the Examinations Unit.



When will I receive my admission documents?

For the written examinations, these are emailed approximately 2 weeks before the date of the examination.  For the CASC examination, it is approximately 3 weeks before the exam.


If you have not received them by then you should promptly contact the Examinations Unit.



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For details on all examination fees, please refer to the Examinations Calendar

For information on how to become an affiliate of the college, please visit our Membership page


What is a PMPT?

PMPT stands for Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee.


Some benefits of being a PMPT include:


  • Access to the e-portfolio
  • Free online access to the College journals

  • Access to the members’ area of the College website

  • Monthly eNewsletter

  • The opportunity to attend College meetings and conferences.



Can I pay the application fees by credit/debit card?



For the Written Examinations' online application, candidates are required to use either a Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card.


For the CASC, the College also accepts payments using either a Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card for the examination fees. The application form includes a section for entering your card details.



How do I request a receipt?

Your acknowledgement letter is also a receipt of fees. If you require another receipt then please email



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Preparing for an Exam

What reading material do you recommend as a study guide for the examination?

The College does not recommend any books but candidates are asked to approach their College Tutor for information about the MRCPsych course.



Where can I find sample questions?

A selection of sample questions provided. Please select the examination below to view the corresponding sample questions.


Paper A

Paper B



For the CASC examination, a guide is available here.



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Taking the Exam

Where can I sit the Written Examinations in 2017?

UK centres: London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh


Overseas centres: Dublin, Hong Kong, Oman, India, Singapore


Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.



Can I sit Papers A & B in any order?

Yes, the Written Papers can be taken in any order. However, it is recommended that you have 12 months experience in psychiatry before attempting Paper B


What identification do I have to take with me to the exam?

For the written exam you must bring official photo identification (ID).   This can include: Passport, Driver’s Licence and Hospital ID only.


For the CASC, photo cards will be produced and issued on the day of the examination.



Can I use a calculator during an exam?

You may use a basic calculator (non-scientific) during the MRCPsych Paper B exam. Calculators are not permitted for any of the other exams.



What if I need a visa to get to my examination centre?

If you need a visa, you will need to apply for the examination at the beginning of the application period and state clearly that you need a letter for your visa application.  If a visa is not granted, it does not warrant an automatic refund as this is at the discretion of the Examinations Operations Manager.



Where is the UK CASC being held in 2017?

The venue for the CASC 2017 will be in Sheffield.



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Withdrawing from an Exam

Can I transfer my fee or postpone to the next examination?

No. Candidates, who need to, should withdraw from the examination and request a refund. Please note that any request for a refund must be made no later than 30 days after the date of the examination.  Please refer to the withdrawals section of the Eligibility Criteria and Regulations for MRCPsych Examinations.



I want to withdraw from the examination, what do I do?

Withdrawals must be made in writing to the Examinations Operations Manager stating the reasons for withdrawal.  Please refer to the withdrawals section of the Eligibility Criteria and Regulations for MRCPsych Examinations


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When will the results be published?

Dates for publication of results are published with the Examinations Calendar on the College website.



How do I get a replacement result letter?

Trainees should refrain from requesting replacement letters until the date specified on the pass list.  After that, requests should be made to the Examinations Co-ordinator (Candidates).



Is feedback available once I have sat the examination?

Feedback is available for both the Written Papers and the CASC examinations.  It is provided with the result letter and only for those who have been unsuccessful.



Can I get my overall ranking for my recent sitting?

No, this information is not provided.



How can I get my answer script remarked?

Candidates should apply in writing to the Head of Examinations Operations, with a cheque for £130 made payable to 'The Royal College of Psychiatrists' no later than 14 days after the publication of the results.



Can I make an appeal against the result of my examination?

Candidates, who wish to make representations with regard to the conduct of their MRCPsych Examination, must initially submit an appeal to the Examinations Operations Manager within 28 days of the date of publication of the results of the Examination. Representations will be dealt with according to the Appeals Procedure. Under no circumstances are representations to be made to an examiner. For further information please take note of the appeals procedure.



Is the MRCPsych classified as a Bachelors/Masters or PhD?

Neither, the MRCPsych examination provides you with membership to the College which is a qualification for entry into higher training in psychiatry.



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What are your contact details?

  • College address: 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB, UK
  • Telephone number: +44 (0)207 235 2351
  • Fax number: +44 (0)207 235 9948
  • E-mail addresses for Examinations Unit staff can be found here     


My contact details have changed. What should I do?

If you wish to change your mailing address and are a Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainee you can do so by logging in and updating your details here. Alternatively you can email



Can I claim tax back on my examinations?

Following a change in the tax case law, trainees who have sat the exams should be able to claim tax back. Please click here for further information. Click here for a letter of confirmation from the College for rebate purposes.


Where can I find out a list of dates of examinations?

Please refer to the College Examinations Calendar.


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