Postgraduate medical studies in the UK can be very rewarding, and a great boost for your career.
Before you travel to the UK to undertake your training, you'll need to first obtain your limited registration. This registration is only available in educationally approved, supervised posts, to ensure you receive proper training.
The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) Test is designed to assess your knowledge and skills, and your ability to work safely in your first appointment as a senior house officer in a British hospital.
Find out if you're eligible for limited registration. Part one is held at centres in the United Kingdom and in certain other countries, including Pakistan.
Part 1 of the PLAB test can be taken in Islamabad and Karachi in Pakistan (PLAB1). Part 2 is taken in the UK. Exams are held in March, July and November. Fee for Part 1 is STG145 and registration is done through the online GMC portal by the candidates. If you feel any difficulty in registering you can contact your respective British Council office.
Part two can only be taken in the United Kingdom. The GMC website has details of dates and test centres as well as further information about the PLAB1 and online registration.
The Membership examination is intended for those who wish to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology, and is a two-part examination: Part 1 MRCOG is a written examination in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to obstetrics and gynaecology. It can be taken at any time after medical graduation, although it is a requirement for specialty trainees who are progressing from ST2 to ST3.
Part 2 MRCOG can be sat once the Part 1 examination has been successfully completed. It is a requirement for specialty trainees in order to progress from ST5 to ST6, and it is necessary for prospective candidates to have their training assessed prior to entry into the examination.
If you require any further information which is not available on website, please email the Examination Department at: email@example.com or telephone: +44 (0)20 7772 6210.
What is MRCP(UK)?
MRCP(UK) offers the following postgraduate medical qualifications for doctors who are preparing for higher specialist training on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians of London
- MRCP(UK) Diploma
- 12 Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs
The MRCP(UK) examinations play an essential role in the overall educational experience and continuing professional development of physicians in the UK and internationally.
The Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) Diploma is required for physicians wishing to undergo training in a medically-related specialty in the UK.
The Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs) are an opportunity to measure your knowledge against an internationally recognised benchmark, which represents the breadth and depth of knowledge required of a newly qualified specialist in your chosen discipline. These are a requirement in the UK for specialist physicians.
What do MRCP(UK) examinations involve?
The MRCP(UK) Diploma tests the skills, knowledge and behaviour of doctors in training. It involves three examinations:
- Part 1 consists of two three-hour multiple-choice question papers covering knowledge and understanding of the clinical sciences
- Part 2 Written consists of three three-hour multiple-choice question papers covering diagnosis, investigation, management and prognosis of patients
- Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) involves a series of five clinical stations, each assessed by two independent examiners
In the UK, the MRCP(UK) Diploma is usually taken during the two-year period of general professional training (GPT) in medicine after you have registered with the UK General Medical Council.
The SCEs consists of 2 three-hour multiple-choice question papers delivered through computer-based testing throughout the world. Please visit the MRCP(UK) website for a list of specialties and further details.
Why should I take MRCP(UK) examinations?
The MRCP(UK) is recognised as an entry qualification into higher specialist training for doctors wishing to become specialist registrars.
How can I register?
You need to apply online at the MRCP(UK) website. To find out how, visit MRCP(UK)’s Online Examination Services web page.
When are the exams and how much do they cost?
For dates & examinations fees, please visit MRCP(UK) website:
Do you organise examinations for people with disabilities?
We do our best to cater for any reasonable adjustments on the exam day.
Any candidate who has a physical disability, specific learning disability, long term medical condition or any other special need that they believe could affect their performance in an examination may be entitled to reasonable adjustments. All such candidates should inform the MRCP(UK) of this at the time of each application, by indicating this in the ‘special arrangements’ area of the application form, whereupon they will be contacted by the relevant MRCP(UK) office.
MRCGP [INT] stands for 'Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners [International]'. This is a separate grade of membership available by examination only, for doctors who pass an MRCGP [INT]-accredited examination outside the UK. International Membership is available for family medicine doctors in a number of locations throughout the world.
MRCGP – South Asia examination is offered by the South Asia Board, and preference is given to family doctors across South Asia, as well as expatriate South Asian doctors working in neighbouring countries who intend to return to work in the South Asia region. This exam is not appropriate for other regions.
In 1505, the incorporation of the Barber-Surgeons of Edinburgh came into being with the granting of its Seal of Cause by the Town Council of Edinburgh (See "History of the College"). Since then, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of the highest standards of surgical practice, through its keen interest in education, training and rigorous examination and through its liaison with external medical bodies.
The College deals with the following qualifications:
Intercollegiate MRCS Part A Examinations
The Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery
Faculty of Dental Surgery
The Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a long established assessment which was revised and updated in 2007, in order to allow dental surgeons to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge, understand and clinical competence during the first two years of their Foundation Training.
It marks a level of achievement above and beyond the primary dental qualification and demonstrates an early commitment to professional development.
For those aspiring to enter specialist training, it will also provide a significant contribution to the portfolio of evidence which would be required to demonstrate suitable eligibility.
For further information please visit the RCSEd website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fellowship Examination in Ophthalmology of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Following an extensive review of the examinations in Ophthalmology conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, major changes have been made and the College is now offering a three part Fellowship Examination in Ophthalmology.
All candidates should be aware that the new-format FRCSEd (Ophth) Examination has been designed for use as a conjoint examination with partner organisations overseas. Although the examination is not recognised by PMETB as an assessment that would contribute towards the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), UK trainees may apply for this examination if they wish to do so.
For further information please see the College website or email email@example.com