MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology fee reduced by 23 per cent

30 March 2016

The British Society of Gastroenterology and the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK are pleased to announce that trainee physicians will benefit from a 23% reduction in fees for the MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology effecting examinations from 1 August 2016.

This examination assesses the knowledge gained during specialist training and must be passed by trainee physicians in the UK before they can practise independently as a gastroenterologist. In other parts of the world, the SCE is a respected and sought-after qualification for specialist physicians.

Currently, the application fee for an SCE is £861 in the UK and £1,081 elsewhere in the world. These fees will be reduced to £665 in the UK and £833 for candidates sitting the examination at an international centre.

In 2007, the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK and the British Society of Gastroenterology made a substantial investment to create, develop and deliver the SCE in Gastroenterology. The input of specialists in gastroenterology insures the SCE is clinically sound, and relevant to current best practice.

When the SCEs started in 2008, there were just nine candidates in one specialty. This increased to 2500 candidates across 12 specialties in 2015. The SCEs have now been taken in over 45 countries. As a result of this growth, the Federation and British Society of Gastroenterology are now able to make this change to the fees.

'The SCE project has been a tremendous academic success' said Professor Andrew Elder, MRCP(UK) Medical Director 'Now that it is established, it is very difficult to imagine a postgraduate medical training pathway in these specialties that does not include this summative assessment of specialist knowledge.'

Dr Jim Macfarlane, Trainee Representative for the SCE Steering Group, said: 'This is extremely welcome news for all trainees. It demonstrates the colleges have been receptive to feedback from trainees about the cost of examinations, particularly considering the current financial environment.'

For more information about the SCE in Gastroenterology please view the MRCP(UK) website:

Specialty Certificate Examination

The Exam: The BSG, in partnership with the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK organises and delivers the Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology. The first examination was held in 2008. The examination is currently held in April every year.

UK Trainees: The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) is a compulsory component of assessment for Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) for all UK trainees. The examination compliments workplace-based assessments and ensures that trainees have sufficient knowledge to practice safely and competently as consultants.

Outside the UK: The SCE is open to all doctors who are in training or have completed their training from any part of the world. Applicants are no longer required to hold the MRCP (UK). The exam is a computer-based test and is held in several centres throughout the world.

Date of SCE Examination: The next Gastroenterology SCE Examination will take place on 20th April 2016. Registration opens in December 2015.

Dr Mounes Dakkak
Lead Specialist for Gastroenterology SCE