MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) is a postnominal qualification awarded to doctors who have completed the prescribed training requirements and membership examinations mandated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
To sit MRCPsych you must be registered with the GMC or if you are an international doctor wanting to sit MRCPsych you must be registered with a recognised medical board from your home country and you should have undergone three years of training.
There are three parts to MRCPsych:
Focuses on Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Psychology and Theory – 3-hour exam
Will test your knowledge on current Clinical Practice and Evidence within General Adult and the various subspecialties of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, Statistics, Critical Appraisal and Psychotherapy
Consists of two circuits.
The first will comprise of 8 single stations with 4-minutes to read and 7 minutes to complete the task. 6 of these stations will be patient management focus and the other 2 will be history taking.
The other 8 single stations remain in the same format 90 seconds to read and 7 minutes to complete the task.
Paper A – You are eligible to take Paper A if you are fully registered medical practitioner
Paper B – You are eligible to take Paper B if:
CASC – You are eligible to take CASC if:
You have 24 months’ experience in Psychiatry post foundation/internship experience
A pass in Papers A and B, OR you comply with transitional arrangements
You have sponsorship in place, and can demonstrate the following:
|Location||Paper A||Paper A (i)||Paper A (ii)||Paper B||CASC|
|PMPT Trainees and Affiliates (UK & Ireland Centres)||£458||£285||£285||£412||£946|
|Non-PMPT Trainees and Affiliates (UK & Ireland Centres||£508||£318||£318||£457||£1,051|
|Hong Kong, China||£636||£337||£337||£636||£1,406|
PMPT - Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainees
The MRCPsych Paper A is a written examination on the scientific and theoretical basis of Psychiatry.
Paper A comprises of the following syllabus:
Candidates who hold a Paper 1 or Paper 2 pass are only required to sit Paper A(i) or Paper A(ii). These papers are 90-minute exams worth 100 marks
Paper A (i) comprises of sections 1, 2 and 5 of the syllabus
Paper A (ii) comprises sections 3 and 4
MRCPsych Paper B is a written paper which assesses critical review and the clinical topics in psychiatry.
Paper B will follow the following sections of the syllabus:
Candidates holding a valid pass in Paper 3 do not need to sit Paper B
This part of your exam tests your clinical skills in a range of clinical situations.
We advise for you to pass a GMC approved English Language Exam prior to sitting your CASC Exam as this will give you an advantage when communicating in English – IELTS or OET.
The CASC exam is similar to an OSCE (Objective Structed Clinical Examination).
The exam comprises of two circuits of single stations which will test your clinical skills:
There will be sixteen stations in total.
5 Stations – focused on History taking, including risk assessment
5 Stations – focused on Examination, both physical and mental state, including capacity assessment
6 Stations – focused on patient management
|Circuit 1 (Morning)||6 x Stations focused on Management||1 x Station focused on Examination||1 x Station focused on History Taking||4 minutes reading||7 minutes task|
|Circuit 2 (Afternoon)||4 x Stations focused on Examination||4 x Stations focused on History Taking||90 seconds reading time||7 minute task|
Please note the UK CASC Exam is held in Sheffield.
If you are interested accessing CASC support group which share links to webinars, offer weekly study sessions on Skpe, provide example questions and doctors who have sat the exam will share their experience – email us requesting the details at [email protected].
Please note there are hundreds of other forums and Facebook Groups which allow you to ask questions and receive exam support.
If you are an international doctor who is interested in relocating to the UK and working within the NHS send your CV to [email protected] - and one of our Specialist Advisers will be in touch with you.
Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor - here you will get access to frequent blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions about relocating and to meet other IMGs!
Rcpsych.ac.uk. (2018). Preparing for Paper A. [online] Available at: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/traininpsychiatry/examinations/preparingfortheexams/preparingforpapera.aspx [Accessed 17 Aug. 2018].
Rcpsych.ac.uk. (2018). Preparing for Paper B. [online] Available at: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/traininpsychiatry/examinations/preparingfortheexams/preparingforpaperb.aspx [Accessed 17 Aug. 2018].
Rcpsych.ac.uk. (2018). Preparing for CASC. [online] Available at: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/traininpsychiatry/examinations/preparingfortheexams/preparingforcasc.aspx [Accessed 17 Aug. 2018].