Examinations

We offer two qualifications: Membership (MRCPCH) and the Diploma of Child Health (DCH). We support candidates to register, apply for and sit their exams - whether in the UK and Ireland, or in a growing number of countries internationally.
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Before you can apply, you need to register for exams via your RCPCH online account. You'll need to provide your GMC number or evidence of your primary medical qualification.
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Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) is achieved by passing three theory exams and one clinical exam. It's an essential part of training and mapped to our curriculum.
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Diploma of Child Health recognises competence in the care of children for those in specialties allied to paediatrics such as general practice. It comprises theory exam and one clinical exam.
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Theory exams (for MRCPCH and DCH)

Our three theory exams take place in the UK and around the world. MRCPCH candidates take three theory exams and DCH candidates take one theory exam.

Find out the theory exam locations and dates, eligibility, fees, how and when to apply, and what happens before, during and after your exam. Access the syllabus, sample papers and tips to help you prepare.

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MRCPCH Clinical

This exam takes place at hospitals in the UK and around the world and may include real patients. Candidates take it after passing the three theory exams.

It assesses whether candidates have reached the standard in clinical skills that is expected of a newly appointed Specialty Trainee 4 (ST4). 

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DCH Clinical

This exam takes place at hospitals in the UK and around the world and may include real patients. Candidates take it after passing the FOP theory exams.

It assesses whether candidates have reached the standard in clinical skills expected of a newly appointed General Practitioner (GP) who has completed a short period of training in paediatrics.

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Calling us about exams

When you call our main number on +44 (0)20 7092 6000, you'll first get an auto attendant.

To speak with staff about theory exams (FOP/TAS/AKP), choose option 3 (examinations), then option 1 (theory).

To speak with staff about clinical exams, choose option 3 (examinations), then either option 1 (UK MRPCH Clinical), option 2 (overseas MRCPCH Clinical) or option 3 (DCH).

News about exams and paediatric training

President's blog

Welcoming new members and looking ahead - President’s update

Steve reflects on the recent Membership Ceremony in Manchester where members, fellows, family and friends gathered to celebrate new paediatricians. There is also information on all the ways to get involved at the College and an update on the recently announced UK General Election.
Announcement

Announcing the 2024 national PAFTA winners

Every year the College recognises the very best in paediatric training across the UK. Three amazing members were announced as winners at RCPCH Conference in the categories for Junior Trainee (ST 1-3), Senior Trainee (ST 4-7) and Educational Supervisor.
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Trainees taking the lead at our St David's Day Conference

Dr Matthew Spencer led a group of enthusiastic paediatric trainees to deliver the RCPCH Wales St David’s Day Conference last week in Cardiff. The RCPCH Wales team asked Matt (pictured) a few questions about his experience before and on the day and if he had any advice for next year's organiser.
Announcement

Invitation to apply for a fully funded, one-year industry placement

RCPCH is delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Vertex and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine on the Vertex Physicians in Pharma Programme (VPiPP). This unique, one-year work placement is for clinicians in training who wish to enrich their curriculum and knowledge by understanding an...