Apply - MRCPCH clinical examinations

Information on how to apply for the MRCPCH clinical examinations.

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Introducing online application for UK candidates

 All candidates applying to sit MRCPCH Clinical examination held in the UK must now apply for their exams online. Paper applications will not be accepted.  Applicants will be familiar with the functionality of this system from online applications made to theory examinations. 

Please read the online application guide below in detail before attempting to submit an application.

MRCPCH clinical exam online application guide - UK centre application (PDF, 10 pages, 1844KB)


  • If you are appliying to sit a MRCPCH Clinical examination in the UK and Republic of Ireland, you are no longer able to submit a paper form. Any paper form received will be returned.
  • All candidates must adhere to the set application dates and times. Applications for all exams will open at 9.00am local time on the first day of the advertised application period and close at 4.30pm local time on the last day.
  • Please note these times are UK local time and will apply to all applications to MRCPCH Clinical centres in the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • Online applications cannot be submitted before or after the published deadlines.
  • You cannot submit a paper form if you miss the deadline for any examination application period. Any paper form received will be returned back to you.
  • If you have saved your application but not submitted it before the closing date, you will not be able to do so until the next application period.

Once you have submitted an application through accessing your online account you will be able to track the status of your application via the ‘my next exam’ or ‘my exam applications’ section found under your exams tab. 

Additional requirements - online application

The College has a commitment to equality and diversity. Candidate requests in relation to additional requirements are considered on an individual basis.

During the online application process there is a section of the form where you can note any additional requirements. Should you wish to provide details of additional requirements you will be contacted by a member of the Examinations Team during or shortly after the application period to discuss your requirements.

Previous additional requirements that they College has made arrangements for include:

  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • mobility issues

We recommend that exam candidates with any queries on additional requirements contact the Examinations Team before applying for an exam. Please email or call 020 7092 6000.

Allocation of places

The MRCPCH is of significant importance to the career progression of those doctors working in paediatrics in the United Kingdom. It is therefore important that this is recognised in the criteria for allocating candidate places for the MRCPCH Clinical held in the UK.

Applications for the MRCPCH clinical examination will be accepted dependent upon the number of places available. Consequently, applicants submitting forms may have their applications returned if places are not available. All candidates affected by these circumstances will have their seven-year MRCPCH registration period extended by one examination sitting and be awarded priority status for the next exam.

Places are allocated to candidates using the following criteria, in order:

  1. Applications from candidates working in the UK that are at a career critical stage (outcome 3 or 4 of the last ARCP which must be confirmed by the deanery) in order received;
  2. Applications from candidates working in the UK based on current stage of training (e.g. ST3 prioritised over ST2);
  3. Priority applications from candidates working in the UK in order received;
  4. Other applications from candidates working in the UK in order received;
  5. Priority applications from candidates working overseas in order received;
  6. Other applications from candidates working overseas in order received.

Applicants that are not currently within a UK training programme will not be prioritised (point 4). Candidates who are currently at a career critical stage are encouraged to submit their applications early to improve chances of placement.

Candidates who are not initially allocated a place will be placed on a waiting list for the exam they have applied for, in order of application status. If any placed candidates withdraw or more places are made available, candidates on the waiting list will be contacted and offered these places, in order, up to the day before the examination.

Please note that being awarded priority status does not guarantee that you will be allocated a place for a particular exam sitting.



Paper applications until 2015

Candidates who intend to apply for the MRCPCH Clinical held in our overseas centres/countries will not be asked to apply through the online application system until early 2015. We expect to begin online application for overseas exam from 2015-2 exams. Paper applications will continue to be used for overseas MRCPCH Clinical exams for the remainder of 2014.

Please refer back to this page at the beginning of 2015 for further details.

Allocation of places

MRCPCH Clinical examination candidates (overseas) who have been previously waitlisted or given priority status should indicate this on their applications.

Places are allocated to candidates using the following criteria, in order:

  1. Applicants resident and working in the exam centre country.
  2. Waitlisted/priority applications from candidates unplaced on more than one occasion.
  3. Waitlisted/priority applications from candidates unplaced on one occasion.
  4. All other applications.

Waitlisting/priority status in any diet does not guarantee that you will be allocated a place for a particular examination sitting.

Waitlisted applicants will remain on a waitlist up until four weeks prior to the examination, unless they otherwise inform the College in writing. Waitlisted applicants will have their seven-year clinical registration periods extended by one diet if their initial application meets the eligibility criteria.

Testimonials for proposers who do not hold the relevant qualifications must accompany all applications for the clinical examination.

Application forms and guidance - MRCPCH Clinical overseas exams only

MRCPCH Clinical overseas - application Form D - Guidance Notes (PDF, 4 pages, 1216KB)

MRCPCH Clinical overseas - check list (PDF, 1 page, 199KB)


Use of electronic stethoscopes - additional requirements in application forms

Electronic stethoscopes may not be used in the MRCPCH or DCH Clinical examinations - unless a candidate has a hearing impairment.

If you have a hearing impairment, please declare this on your application form under 'Further information / additional requirements / reasonable adjustments’. Please include a copy of your medical resport and any further details for evidence of your impairment.