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MRCP SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes

  • March 16, 2022

This Blog outlines everything you need to know about the MRCP SCE Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes!

It is firstly important to note that the Royal College of Physicians SCE certificates are not something that you can use for your GMC registration. However, having an SCE certification on your CV is extremely valuable and will definitely attract prospective NHS employers. Additionally, the SCE certifications will also benefit any Doctor who is planning on becoming a Consultant and progressing through the CESR route.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no official entry requirements for the SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes. That said, a UK Trainee will normally sit the SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes in their penultimate year of training.

How much is the exam?

The cost of the SCE exam if you're in the UK is £665 and if you're sitting it overseas is £883. Candidates who have requests to transfer from a UK centre to an international centre will then be liable for the difference between the two fees, £168.00.

Where can I sit it?

UK: There are 137 different SCE Test Centers within the UK, which applicants choose from when booking the examination. The test centre bookings operate on a first come first serve basis so the RCP recommend booking earlier to get your preferred location.

International: Candidates are given a choice of regions from which to select, and are then asked to nominate a particular city in that region as the desired location for their test. You will receive a confirmation of your final test centre via email at least three weeks before the date of the examination.

What is assessed?

Candidates are tested on a wide range of common and important disorders as set out in the syllabus of the curriculum.

The SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes exam comprises of 200 questions and the composition of the paper is as follows:


Number of Questions

Diabetes mellitus (diagnosis and general management, delivery of diabetes care)


Diabetic emergencies and management during acute illness/surgery


Complications of diabetes


Hypothalamus and pituitary














Renal Medicine


Respiratory Medicine


Others (Allergy/Clinical Genetics/Dermatology/Immunology/Psychiatry/Risk Management/Patient Safety/Public Health)



How do I best prepare?

Preparation for the SCE requires a wide breadth of knowledge around the curriculum and should involve reading of textbooks, journals and guidelines. Experience of the MRCP(UK) examination provides an excellent background to the format of the examination.

Suggested sources and reading are listed below:


  • Oxford Handbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes 2nd Edition 2009 (H Turner, J Wass)
  • Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes 2nd Edition 2011 (J Wass, P Stewart)
  • Williams Textbook of Endocrinology 12th Edition 2011 (S Melmed et al)
  • Textbook of Diabetes 4th Edition 2010 (R Holt et al)




Online Resources

How can we help?

Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCE) look fantastic on your CV and will certainly help you stand out when applying for NHS jobs. If you have your MRCP and you’re now looking at sitting your SCE, or if you have already completed your SCE and you’re ready to begin your job search in the NHS then we can certainly help. We have a fantastic Medicine team at BDI Resourcing, who are experts at finding positions for Doctors in Medicine specialties. Do get in touch and send your CV to: [email protected]


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