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Endocrinology and Diabetes

Specialty Certificate Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes

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Please ensure you apply for your examination within the application period and have submitted your reasonable adjustment request by the reasonable adjustment deadline.

The Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Endocrinology and Diabetes is delivered once a year.

Eligibility requirements

There are no entry requirements for the SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes, although candidates in UK training would normally take the SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes in their penultimate year of training.

Qualification: Certificate in Endocrinology and Diabetes

Trainees who hold MRCP(UK), have gained the Certificate in Endocrinology and Diabetes and who are recommended for a CCT will be entitled to apply for the postnominal MRCP(UK) (Endocrinology and Diabetes). For further details please see the FAQs.

Curriculum and blueprint

The Specialty Training Curriculum for Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus is published by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

The examination is made up of questions covering the whole curriculum, selected by a predetermined blueprint:

SCE in Endocrinology and Diabetes blueprint

Resources for trainees

Preparation for the SCE requires a wide breadth of knowledge around the curriculum and should involve reading of textbooks, journals and guidelines. Experience of the MRCP(UK) examination provides an excellent background to the format of the examination.

Suggested sources and reading are listed below:


  • Oxford Handbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes 2nd Edition 2009 (H Turner, J Wass)
  • Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes 2nd Edition 2011 (J Wass, P Stewart)
  • Williams Textbook of Endocrinology 12th Edition 2011 (S Melmed et al)
  • Textbook of Diabetes 4th Edition 2010 (R Holt et al)




Online Resources

Sample questions

The questions are in ‘best of five’ multiple choice format. This format, in addition to testing core knowledge and comprehension, also assesses the ability to interpret information and to solve clinical problems. There will be five options – one correct answer and four alternatives to the correct answer. The four distractors will be closely related to the preferred option but less correct, therefore acting as plausible alternatives.

These questions give an indication of the type of question you can expect in the exam. Please take part in this interactive sample test.

Results report

The selected metrics report provides details about the previous year's examination. All the statistics are intended to help candidates to be more informed and better prepared for the examination. The reports are also available to other stakeholders (e.g. deaneries’ representatives, board members, trainees’ supervisors) who would like to find out more about candidates’ performance in order to be able to make informed decisions about training programmes or examination standards.

Endocrinology and Diabetes results report

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