Royal college curricula

We approve the curricula and assessments created by the royal colleges for 65 specialties and 32 sub-specialties.

We make sure these curricula meet the standards we set in order to deliver high quality training.

From this page, you can:

Approved curricula

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Infectious diseases

Intensive care medicine


Medical microbiology

Medical oncology

Medical ophthalmology

Medical psychotherapy

Medical virology




Nuclear medicine

Obstetrics and gynaecology


Occupational medicine

Old age psychiatry



Oral and maxillofacial surgery


Paediatric and perinatal pathology

Paediatric cardiology

Paediatric surgery



Palliative medicine

Pharmaceutical medicine

Plastic surgery

Psychiatry of learning disability

Public health medicine

Rehabilitation medicine


Renal medicine

Respiratory medicine


Sport and exercise medicine

Trauma and orthopaedic surgery

Tropical medicine


Vascular surgery

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Note on the 'Accreditation of Transferable Competences Framework'

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has developed the 'Accreditation of Transferable Competences Framework' (ATCF). The ATCF recognises that many specialties have core competences that are common across curricula and is aimed at doctors in training who have gained competences in one specialty but then wish to change career direction. If some of the previous training is relevant to the new CCT specialty it will not need to be repeated.

The specialties that currently accept ATCF are: Anaesthetics, core psychiatry, general practice, clinical oncology, core medical training, and emergency medicine.

Please note that doctors in training who wish to take advantage of this route aim to achieve the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). Our existing system for the recognition of previous competencies (CESR/CEGPR), suitable for some doctors, is not affected by ATCF. For more information and FAQs, please see the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges website.

Changes or additions to curricula

If you're proposing a new curriculum, or have a change to make to an existing one, please visit our dedicated section on our curricula quality assurance procedures. It gives information on our curricula quality assurance procedures and how you can secure approval for your changes.