Join the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Join the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Membership or Fellowship of RCPI lets you play an important role in the governance and future direction of your professional body.

Become a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) is achieved through examination. 

MRCPI is recognised around the world as an international benchmark of excellence in medicine, opening up new opportunities for career advancement.

When you are conferred as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, it marks a major milestone on the path to becoming a specialist. You are joining a global network of respected physicians whose roots date back to 1654.

Today we have over 6,000 Members in 70 countries around the world.


We offer three types of Membership exam:

  • MRCPI General Medicine
  • MRCPI Paediatrics  
  • MRCP Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Each MRCPI exam is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland as a knowledge-based assessment and an essential component of specialist training in Ireland.

In Ireland, achieving MRCPI means you are ready to enter Higher Specialist Training, the final stage of training before independent practice.

Being a member of RCPI has given me a sense of belonging within the medical community in my postgraduate career.

Dr Bernadette Brady MRCPI

Become a Collegiate Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

After achieving Membership, you may choose to become a Collegiate Member of RCPI.

Collegiate Members enjoy a range of exclusive Membership benefits from RCPI, such as free online access to the and the New England Journal of Medicine, and an affinity scheme offering discounts on medical equipment, hotels, insurance, travel and lots more.

How to become a Collegiate Member

All Members of RCPI are invited to become a Collegiate Member each year by paying an annual subscription. You will receive an email from RCPI with details of your subscription amount and payment details. 

If you would like to talk to us about becoming a Collegiate Member, please contact us at the details below.

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Become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FRCPI) is an international benchmark of professional excellence and a career milestone. Our Fellows are experienced hospital consultants who have made substantial contributions to their specialty.

Fellowship opens new opportunities to contribute to the College in the areas of standard-setting, quality improvement, policy development, specialist education and leadership.

Fellows play a central role in the life of the College and are vital to our success. They are the doctors who train our Trainees, develop the educational content of our training programmes, teach our courses, mark our exams, chair our working groups, govern our organisation and influence its future direction.

Collectively, Fellows act as our governing body and elect a Council, headed by our President, Registrar and Treasurer, each year, which sets the strategic direction of the College.

As a Fellow, you will enjoy a wide range of exclusive life-long membership benefits from RCPI including online access to the, the NEJM and the Lancet as well as discounted courses and events and exclusive discounts for travel and leisure activities.

As a Fellow of the College, you join a committed group of physicians operating at the forefront of medicine in Ireland and internationally. Not only are you helping to transform lives on a daily basis, but you’re contributing to change for future generations.

Professor Mary Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


To become a Fellow you must

  • hold Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (or equivalent) for at least four years
  • have held a consultant post for at least a year
  • be nominated by two Fellows in good standing.

Read our guidelines for those wishing to nominate or be nominated to Fellowship of RCPI

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow, we would love to hear from you. Simply complete the application form and send it to

Contact us

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