Member of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Paediatrician examining her patient

What does Member of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) stand for?

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is responsible for training doctors in paediatrics as well as conducting the MRCPCH membership exams. Candidates who successfully complete all parts of the MRCPCH Examinations are eligible to become Members of the Royal College. This qualification is principally aimed at medical professionals who wish to enter registrar level to train in the UK.

What does the MRCPCH exam involve?

The exam is usually taken during the period of basic specialist training, which in the UK normally lasts for two to three years. It replaced the MRCP (UK) paediatrics exam in June 1999.

It has four sections:

  • Foundation of Practice, in which a written paper tests basic clinical knowledge in paediatrics.
  • Theory and Science, in which a written paper tests the science underpinning paediatric practice.
  • Applied Knowledge in Practice, which consists of two papers taken in one day, which predominantly feature questions based on clinical scenarios
  • Clinical, which involves assessed interactions with children and their families.

Success in one exam leads to a timed registration period of entry into the next exam. 

Why should I take this exam?

It will provide you with the normal entry requirement for higher specialist training in paediatrics. 

Successfully completing the Clinical section allows for entry to membership of the college. 

How can I register to take the MRCPCH exams?

You can apply directly with the RCPCH. For more information about how to do this, visit their website

You must then contact us for we administer the exam.


When are the exams and how much do they cost?

  Foundation of Practice Theory and Science Applied Knowledge Clinical
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Do you organise exams for people with disabilities?

We do our best to cater for any special needs. We will do all we can to help you understand test questions and ways of giving answers. You will be assessed fairly and objectively irrespective of disability.

If you require special arrangements please get in touch at least three months before submitting your application. Relevant supporting materials such as medical certificates should be submitted during registration. 

Where can I find out more information about the MRPCH exam?

For comprehensive details about the exam visit the RCPCH website

Contact us to find out more about us and how we can help arrange your exam.