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MRCS Examination

The MRCS and FRCS Examination guide is aimed at prospective candidates of these examinations and is designed to help them decide when and where to sit their exam and how best to prepare.

The guide contains extensive information about the structure of the MRCS, the MRCS (ENT), and the FRCS. It also contains the 2017 exam dates, the venues in which they will be offered and also the exam preparation courses offered by RCSI.


Applications for MRCS examinations are open.

Exam preparation resources

 

PasTest

RCSI has partnered with PasTest, one of the leading providers of revision resources for the MRCS exams to offer discounted access to their MRCS resources. All candidates sitting MRCS Part A and MRCS Part B with RCSI in 2018 will be entitled to a 25% discount off their online subscription.

The MRCS Part A subscription provides access to over 4,300 practice questions, helpful media resources and a free mobile app. The MRCS Part B subscription offers to candidates helpful detailed lectures and demonstration videos and case studies. The candidates will receive a personal discount code by email after their exam has been closed for applications. For more information contact us at pgexams@rcsi.ie.

RCSI has also partnered with Elsevier textbooks. All the candidates sitting the MRCS exam with RCSI between May 2017 and May 2018 will receive a 20% discount code to be used to purchase Elsevier textbooks to prepare for the examination. 

The MRCS Part B (OSCE) preparation course

Due to the limited number of attempts for MRCS Part B it is crucial that candidates sit the exam only after undertaking intense preparation. RCSI offers this two-day intensive course particularly designed to prepare surgical trainees for this exam.

The course covers the core content of the exam and is designed to assist the candidates in their exam preparation and to improve their examination technique. It has mock OSCEs, interactive workshops, and group discussions in the areas of: applied surgery/critical care, clinical/procedural skills, anatomy/surgical pathology, and communications.

This course is run three times a year in Ireland and in other rotating international locations. The next dates of this course will take place in the following locations:

Course Date of course Closing date Fees
MRCS Part B (OSCE) preparation course: Dublin 7-8 September 2017 9 July 2017 €595
MRCS Part B (OSCE) preparation course: RCSI Bahrain 15-16 September 2017 23 July 2017 €595
MRCS Part B (OSCE) preparation course: Penang Medical College 25-26 November 2017 1 October 2017 €595

Candidates interested in attending this course can apply now. Please note that places are very limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis on receipt of completed application and payment.

 

 

Exam venues, dates, and applications

 

RCSI offers opportunities to sit these examinations in Ireland and at a number of overseas centres in Jordan (Amman), Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (Dammam), Malaysia (Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Kota Kinabalu), and India (Chennai, Kochi, and Lucknow).

Applications are now open for the examinations taking place in 2018. Please note that important changes have been introduced to MRCS Part A from January 2017. Please visit the intercollegiate website for more information.


Upcoming examinations in Ireland (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Dublin 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €595
MRCS Part A - Dublin 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €595
MRCS Part A - Dublin 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €595
MRCS Part A - Belfast 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €595
MRCS Part A - Belfast 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €595
MRCS Part A - Belfast 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €595
MRCS Part B OSCE - Dublin 8-9 February 2018 24 November 2017 €1095
MRCS Part B OSCE - Dublin 10-11 May 2018 23 February 2018 €1095
MRCS Part B OSCE - Dublin 10-12 October 2018 20 July 2018 €1095

 

Upcoming examinations in India - new centres! (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Chennai 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Chennai 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Chennai 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kochi 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kochi 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kochi 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Lucknow 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Lucknow 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Lucknow 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625

Upcoming examinations in Jordan (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Amman 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Amman 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Amman 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625

 

Upcoming examinations in Bahrain (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625
MRCS Part B OSCE - Bahrain 17-18 November 2017 10 September 2017 €1150
MRCS Part B OSCE - Bahrain 9-10 March 2018 7 January 2018 €1150
MRCS Part B OSCE - Bahrain 9-10 November 2018 9 September 2018 €1150

 

Upcoming examinations in Saudi Arabia (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Dammam 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Dammam 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Dammam 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625

 

Upcoming examinations in Malaysia (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Penang 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Penang 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Penang 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625
MRCS Part B OSCE - Penang 20-21 January 2018 19 November 2017 €1150
MRCS Part B OSCE - Penang 18-19 August 2018 17 June 2018 €1150

 

Upcoming examinations in Malta (new centre!) (apply here)

 

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Malta 9 January 2018 27 October 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Malta 17 April 2018 9 February 2018 €625
MRCS Part A - Malta 11 September 2018 29 June 2018 €625

 

Exam regulations and notices

For details about the MRCS exam regulations, please visit: intercollegiatemrcsexams.org.uk

For details about MRCS additional attempts policy, please see here.  

You can email any queries to pgexams@rcsi.ie.