Become an examiner

RCR examinations are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence as well as a vital element of UK training.

We could not provide any examinations without the essential contribution of many examiners in a wide range of roles. This includes all those oncologists and physicists contributing to our FRCR examinations and the Diploma in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology.

We rely heavily on the voluntary support of clinical oncologists and other specialists who invest considerable time to ensure we continue to deliver quality examinations and maintain the highest standards of professional competence. So important is their role, that several of the UK’s leading healthcare organisations have written a joint letter to all NHS hospitals urging them to support doctors who request time out to undertake work for national health bodies such as the RCR.

We are grateful for the valuable expertise given by our examiners and we often receive feedback on how rewarding and enjoyable examining roles are, and how they have added to their own personal development. Being an examiner provides an opportunity to contribute to the quality of the FRCR and network with colleagues and other specialists across the UK. Examining activities are recognised for credits under the RCR’s CPD scheme.

What's involved?

As an examiner you may get involved in a number of ways:

  • Question writing and sourcing images 
  • Moderating and classifying materials
  • Selecting content for individual sittings
  • Identifying pass standards
  • Conducting orals
  • Evaluating individual candidate performance
  • Reviewing the performance of questions and patterns of examination performance overall
  • Shaping the future of the exams


Examiner recruitment starts in September each year with a view to appointment in December. Register your interest in becoming an examiner.

Register your interest


Out-of-cycle examiner recruitment role descriptions: 



Clinical oncology examiner recruitment

Examiner opportunities for clinical oncologists, scientists and statisticians

Clinical radiology examiner recruitment

Examiner opportunities for radiologists and medical physicists