Joining RCSEd

Make the inspired choice...

By joining The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) as an Affiliate, Member or Fellow, you will become part of a prestigious network of 30,000 professionals in over 100 countries across the world. Join us and make your mark in an organisation dedicated over the last 517 years to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical practice.

From our founding in 1505, the College has been committed to the advancement of surgery and driving patient safety standards worldwide, and we can only achieve this by supporting our membership throughout their career journey. Membership of the College provides professional accreditation from one of the oldest, most prestigious, and respected surgical bodies, and indicates that you have gone through a rigorous process to ensure the highest levels of professional competence.

The College prides itself on our exacting standards and the positive difference they make to patient outcomes and care. In addition to this mark of quality which membership of the College carries, we provide support for our membership on key professional issues and an impressive range of professional and personal benefits.

Membership Benefits

Membership Categories

There are many ways to join RCSEd. Membership levels are based on the stage of your career. Choose your membership below.

If you have any questions about the joining process, please get in touch with our Membership Team membership@rcsed.ac.uk  (+44 131 527 1654)

Starting your career - Affiliate Membership

Are you a student, foundation doctor or trainee? Affiliate with RCSEd and benefit from support and guidance at every step of your career journey.

    • Affiliate
    • From £10 (UK & RoI)
      From £5 (Overseas)
    • Affiliate membership of the College is open to medical undergraduates, foundation doctors and pre-MRCS surgical trainees.

      Being part of our affiliate network will also give you access to a wide range of Surgical affiliate benefits.

Becoming a Member?

To become a Member of the College you need to have either:

  • Passed the intercollegiate membership examination.
  • Passed the intercollegiate membership examination of another Royal Surgical College (UK or Ireland). 
    • Member by examination
    • From £272 (UK & RoI)
      From £150 (Overseas)
    • A person shall become eligible for election to the Membership of the College after having met the necessary entry criteria determined by the Council of the College from time to time.

    • Member via another College
    • From £272 (UK & RoI)
      From £150 (Overseas)
    • If you have been successful in the membership examination of one of the UK or Ireland surgical colleges, you are eligible to apply for membership of this college.

      Current or previous Members of Sister College may apply via this route.

    • Member via another College examination pass (not yet a member of that College)
    • From £272 (UK & RoI)
      From £150 (Overseas)
    • If you have been successful in the membership examination of one of the UK or Ireland surgical colleges and have not been admitted to any College, you are eligible to apply for membership of this college via this route.

    • MHKICBSC
    • From £272 (UK & RoI)
      From £150 (Overseas)
    • If you have been successful in the membership examination of Hong Kong Specialty Board Membership Examination you are eligible to apply for membership of this College.

Becoming a Fellow?

Fellowship of the College is usually by examination.

It is also possible to be admitted to the Fellowship of the College without examination in certain circumstances. 

    • Fellow by examination
    • From £428 (UK & RoI)
      From £200 (Overseas)
    • Passed one of the College’s Fellowship Examinations in the recognised specialties.

    • Fellow without examination
    • From £554 (UK & RoI)
      From £207 (Overseas)
      From £88 (Low Income Countries)
    • It is also possible for you to be admitted to the Fellowship of the College without examination if you are:

      -- a registered medical practitioner who is not a Fellow of a Royal Surgical College (UK or Ireland) or Corporation of Surgery but have professional status of a high order and are deemed to have rendered special services to surgery in general or to the College in particular.

      -- a registered medical practitioner who is not a Fellow of a Royal Surgical College (UK or Ireland) or Corporation of Surgery but have passed an Intercollegiate Specialty Examination and have completed a Higher Surgical Training programme recognised by the appropriate Specialist Advisory Committee.

    • Fellow via another College
    • From £443 (UK & RoI)
      From £207 (Overseas)
      From £88 (Low Income Countries)
    • If you have been successful in the Fellowship examination of one of the Royal Surgical Colleges (UK or Ireland), you are eligible to apply for membership of RCSEd.

    • JCIE
    • From £443 (UK & RoI)
      From £207 (Overseas)
      From £88 (Low Income Countries)
    • The JCIE is responsible, in line with the statutory requirements of the GMC Postgraduate Board, to the four surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland, for the supervision of standards, policies, Regulations and professional conduct of the Specialty Fellowship Examinations.

      Successful candidates can apply for Fellowship of the College.

    • JSCFE
    • From £428 (UK & RoI)
      From £200 (Overseas)
    • The JSCFE is administered by the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations on behalf of the Royal Surgical Colleges (UK or Ireland). 

      Successful candidates can apply for Fellowship of the College.

Dental Career Pathway

There are many ways to join RCSEd. Membership levels are based on the stage of your career. Choose your membership below.

If you have any questions about the joining process, please get in touch with our Membership Team membership@rcsed.ac.uk  (+44 131 527 1654)

Starting your career - Affiliate Membership

Are you a student or a trainee? Affiliate with RCSEd and benefit from support and guidance at every step of your career journey.

    • Affiliate
    • From £10 (UK & RoI)
      From £5 (Overseas)
    • Affiliate membership of the College is open to Students, Pre-membership, and Vocational Trainees.

      Being part of our affiliate network will also give you access to a wide range of affiliate benefits.

Dental Care Professionals and Associates

    • Dental Care Professionals
    • From £38 (UK & RoI)
      From £38 (Overseas)
      From £38 (Low Income Countries)
    • Successful examination in one of the following areas: Dental Care Professionals, Dental Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Technicians, Clinical Dental Technicians, and Orthodontic Therapists.

    • Dental Associate Implant Dentistry
    • From £200 (UK & RoI)
      From £200 (Overseas)
      From £47 (Low Income Countries)
    • Successful examination in implant dentistry including minor augmentation.

    • Dental Associate
    • From £75 (UK & RoI)
      From £75 (Overseas)
      From £47 (Low Income Countries)
    • Successful examination in special care dentistry.

Becoming a Dental Member?

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    • Dental Member by examination
    • From £272 (UK & RoI)
      From £150 (Overseas)
    • A person shall become eligible for election to the Membership of the College after having met the necessary entry criteria determined by the Council of the College from time to time.

    • Dental Member via another College
    • From £282 (UK & RoI)
      From £155 (Overseas)
      From £47 (Low Income Countries)
    • If you have been successful in the membership examination of one of the Royal Surgical Colleges (UK or Ireland), you are eligible to apply for membership of this College.

    • Dental Member via another College examination pass (not yet a member of that College)
    • From £282 (UK & RoI)
      From £155 (Overseas)
      From £67 (Low Income Countries)
    • If you have been successful in the membership examination of one of the Royal Surgical Colleges (UK or Ireland) and have not been admitted to any college, you are eligible to apply for membership of this college via this route.

Becoming a Dental Fellow?

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    • Dental Fellow
    • From £443 (UK & RoI)
      From £207 (Overseas)
      From £88 (Low Income Countries)
    • A person shall become eligible for election to the Fellowship in Dental Surgery when they have passed such form of examination or assessment for the Diploma of Fellowship in Dental Surgery.

    • ISFE
    • From £443 (UK & RoI)
      From £207 (Overseas)
      From £88 (Low Income Countries)
    • Fellowship Examinations Boards in Dental Specialties and is responsible for the professional conduct of the examinations on behalf of the Faculties of Dental Surgery of the:

      -- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

      -- Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

      -- Royal College of Surgeons of England

      -- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

      Successful candidates can join one of the partner Colleges once they have met all requirements.

We are proud of our Faculties. Supporting a Faculty allows us to drive for development and advancement in key areas across the healthcare spectrum, with aid from key experts within each specialty.

Need to speak to someone?

Contact our Membership Team to discuss joining RCSEd. 

membership@rcsed.ac.uk  (+44 131 527 1654)


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