Become a member

Becoming a member of the Royal College of Pathologists means joining our community of 11,000 members worldwide across 17 pathology specialties. We provide a range of membership categories to be inclusive of those who are working in or interested about pathology.

To find out more about the different membership categories, key benefits, eligibility and how to apply:

Undergraduate

Eligibility
Undergraduate membership of the Royal College of Pathologists is open to all undergraduates currently studying a relevant degree in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the entire length of their course. Undergraduates who join the College scheme are eligible for reciprocal membership of the medical student membership schemes of the British Society for Haematology.

Key benefits

  • Access to members' area of the website (MyRCPath)
  • Discount for College conferences
  • President's newsletter
  • Access to Science Communication training
  • Bulletin (online)

How to apply
Undergraduate membership is free for those who are eligible. If you would like to apply for Undergraduate membership please complete the form below and return this by post or email back to membership@rcpath.org

For more information on how the College supports undergraduates.

Affiliate

Eligibility
Affiliateship of the Royal College of Pathologists is open to anyone who wishes to be linked with the activities of the College. Examples of those who may wish to affiliate include: clinical scientists, research academics, biomedical scientists, and members of specialist societies. This list is not exhaustive; others working in a pathology discipline may wish to affiliate, and will be welcome to do so, including overseas-qualified pathologists working in the UK.

Please note: those persons who would be eligible for another category of membership (e.g. Fellowship or Diplomateship) are not eligible for Affiliate membership.    

Key benefits

  • Stand for College roles (excluding Council)
  • Bulletin
  • Discounts on College conferences and selected medical publications
  • Access to CPD portfolio (subject to conditions*)
  • See more...

2019 Subscription fees
UK 
£194      Overseas Band  £100       £85       £70       £60
UK £442 (Affiliate Higher)

*UK-based medically qualified pathologists, research academics, and scientists in career grade positions (grade B or C or AfC >=7) not actively involved in completing their training for the FRCPath will be eligible to participate in the College's Continuing Professional Development scheme. 

How to apply
Affliate membership form

Diplomate

Eligibility
Diplomateship of the Royal College of Pathologists can be obtained by either:

  • FRCPath Part 1
  • Combined Infection or Medical Genetics
  • IBMS & RCPath Conjoint Board Advanced Specialist Diploma
  • Diploma examinations in Dermatopatholog or Forensic Pathology 

Once you have passed part 2 examination you will be eligible for Fellowship and no longer eligible for Diplomateship.

Key benefits

  • Use of post-nominals (DipRCPath*)
  • Access to CPD portfolio (subject to conditions**)
  • Stand for College roles (excluding Council)
  • Receives the Bulletin
  • Discounts on College conferences and selected medical publications
  • Access to RCPath research publishing gateway
  • See more...

2019 Subscription fees
UK 
£277        Overseas Band  £200       £170       £150      £120

*For holders of the Diploma in Dermatopathology or Forensic Pathology post-nominals will be denoted as DipRCPath Dermatopathology or DipRCPath Forensic Pathology

**UK-based medically qualified pathologists, research academics, and scientists in career grade positions (grade B or C or AfC >=7) not actively involved in completing their training for the FRCPath will be eligible to participate in the College's Continuing Professional Development scheme. 

There have been changes to the eligibility criteria for Diplomate membership. If you think you are now eligible for this category based on the above eligibility criteria, please email diplomate@rcpath.org

 

Fellow

Eligibility
Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists can be obtained by either:

  • Examination
  • Published Works 
  • Invitation of Council. This is for accomplished medical practitioners or scientists.
    Admission to fellowship under this route shall not be used as an alternative to fellowship by examination or published works for whom one of these would be appropriate.

Key benefits

  • Use of post-nominals (FRCPath)
  • Access to CPD portfolio
  • Vote in and stand for College elections
  • Receive the Bulletin
  • Access to RCPath research publishing gateway
  • Discounts on College conferences and selected medical publications
  • See more...

2019 Subscription fees
Fellows
UK
 £553       Overseas Band  £275      £234      £192      £151

Fellows by examination with less than 5 years Fellowship
UK £442       Overseas Band  £221      £188      £155      £122

Honorary Fellowship may be granted by the College to those who have made notable contributions to pathology, and other persons who have shown distinction of a nature fit to be recognised by the College.

Retired

Eligibility
To be eligible for Retired membership of the Royal College of Pathologists you must have retired completely from remunerative employment and previously been a Fellow or Diplomate member of the College, and continued to pay a reduced subscription fee. 

Key benefits

  • Continued use of post-nominals (FRCPath or DipRCPath)
  • Vote at a General Meeting and in Honorary Officer elections (Fellows only)
  • Attend the annual retired members' luncheon
  • Receive the Bulletin
  • Receive the President's newsletter
  • See more...

2019 Subscription fees
UK 
£70      Overseas Band  £80       £70       £65       £60

How to apply
If you are retired or about to retire, please email membership@rcpath.org to discuss your change of circumstances.

Please note that Associate membership is no longer available to new members. Current Associate members are being contacted about how this affects them and if they are eligible for Diplomate membership.

If you have any questions about your Associate membership please email info@rcpath.org. If you would like to enquire about Diplomate membership please email diplomate@rcpath.org

Benefits of membership

There are a range of benefits to becoming a member of the College, including access to discounts on events and conferences, guidance and support on many aspects of professional practice and access to our Bulletin and other regular publications.