Acceptable Postgraduate Qualifications

This page lists the postgraduate qualifications that we accept as evidence that a doctor applying for full registration with a licence to practise has the necessary knowledge, skills and experience.

The overseas qualifications listed meet the same standards as UK postgraduate qualifications. But this does not mean they are the same as UK qualifications in every way. It is important to note that they do not guarantee entry to UK specialty training.

If a qualification is not on the list below then it is not acceptable for the purposes of full registration with a licence to practise. Please note that you must be granted full registration with a licence to practise within three years of passing your postgraduate qualification or it will no longer be acceptable.

For more information on applying for registration with a licence to practise using your postgraduate qualification as evidence of knowledge and skill please see our guidance.


UK postgraduate qualifications

Awarding Body Qualification

College of Emergency Medicine

Membership of the College of Emergency Medicine (MCEM)

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Primary FRCA examination

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG)

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Royal College of Pathologists

Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) by examination only

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FRCS Glasg Ophthalmology)

Royal College of Physicians of London

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians MRCP (UK)

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)

Royal College of Radiologists

Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR)

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS Ed Ophthalmology)

Royal College of Surgeons of England

or

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

or

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Any of the following:

  • Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)
  • Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons - MRCS (ENT)
  • Collegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS)

Overseas postgraduate qualifications

The overseas qualifications listed meet the same standards as UK postgraduate qualifications. But this does not mean they are the same as UK qualifications in every way. It is important to note that they do not guarantee entry to UK specialty training.

Country Awarding Body Qualification

America

American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics – General Pediatrics

American Board of Anesthesiology

Certificate of the American Board of Anesthesiology

Australia

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Passed the written and clinical exams for FRACP (Paediatrics)

The specialist training programme leading to the award of this qualification is six years long. After basic training lasting three years candidates sit written and clinical examinations. Doctors then undertake a further three years training - Fellowship is only awarded after successful completion of this training. If the doctor has passed both the written and clinical examinations or obtained their Fellowship within the last three years, this is acceptable evidence of a postgraduate qualification.

 

Country Awarding Body Qualification
Australia/New Zealand Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Bangladesh

Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons

Fellowship in Anaesthesia or Anaesthesiology awarded since July 1999

Europe

European Academy of Anaesthesiology or European Society of Anaesthesiology

European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care

Hong Kong

Hong Kong College of Physicians

Membership of the Hong Kong College of Physicians

Ireland

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

MRCS (collegiate) examination

MRCSI (intercollegiate) examination

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Fellowship of the Faculty or the College of Anaesthetists of the Royal

College of Surgeons in Ireland

Royal College of Physicians in Ireland

MRCP Medicine (Medicine of Childhood)

Pakistan

College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan

FCPS Paediatrics Pakistan

College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan

Fellowship in Anaesthesiology awarded since 1998

Singapore

National University of Singapore

Master of Medicine (Anaesthesia)

National University of Singapore

Master of Medicine (Paediatrics)

National University of Singapore

Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine)

South Africa

College of Anaesthetists of South Africa

or

Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa

Sri Lanka

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesiology)

Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Sri Lanka

MD (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of Sri Lanka

MD Paediatrics Sri Lanka

West Africa

West African College of Physicians

Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians (Paediatrics)

West Indies

University of West Indies

Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesia) awarded since September 2003