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MRCS Examination

The central aim of the MRCS exam is to assess trainee surgeons in the breadth of both basic sciences and the principles of surgery.

This examination is an intercollegiate one. Hence, the examination syllabus, format and content are common to all surgical Royal Colleges in the UK and Ireland. The MRCS is fully recognised by both the Irish Medical Council and the General Medical Council (UK).

The MRCS Part A takes place three times a year, in January, April, and September. RCSI offers this exam in 12 centres: Dublin, Belfast, Malta, Dammam, Amman, Bahrain, Kochi, Chennai, Lucknow, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Penang.

The MRCS Part B is held three times per year in Dublin (February, May, and October); twice per year in Bahrain (March and November); and twice per year in Penang (January and August). Additionally, RCSI has recently started holding the exam in Dubai once a year (June).

Applications for MRCS examinations are open.

Exam preparation resources

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 will be entitled to a 25% discount off their online subscription.

The MRCS Part A subscription provides access to +3,000 MRCS Part A SBA 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.

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 once or twice a year in Bahrain and Penang. 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 29-30 August 2019 Sold out (waiting list at pgexams@rcsi.ie) €595
MRCS Part B (OSCE) preparation course: RCSI Bahrain 23-24 August 2019 28 July 2019 €595
MRCS Part B (OSCE) preparation course: Penang Medical College 16-17 November 2019 15 September 2019 €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 dates and locations

Applications are now open for the examinations taking place in 2019. Please note that important changes have been introduced to MRCS Part A from January 2017. Please visit the intercollegiate website for more information.

** Please note: All MRCS Part A sittings for 2019 have now closed for applications. The 2020 dates will be published in this website during the summer. **

Upcoming examinations in Ireland (apply here)
Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Dublin 8 January 2019 Closed €595
MRCS Part A - Dublin 16 April 2019 Closed €595
MRCS Part A - Dublin 3 September 2019 Closed €595
MRCS Part A - Belfast 8 January 2019 Closed €595
MRCS Part A - Belfast 16 April 2019 Closed €595
MRCS Part A - Belfast 3 September 2019 Closed €595
MRCS Part B OSCE - Dublin 12-13 February 2019 Closed €1095
MRCS Part B OSCE - Dublin 14-15 May 2019 Closed €1095
MRCS Part B OSCE - Dublin 15-16 October 2019 19 July 2019 €1095

 

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

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Chennai 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Chennai 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Chennai 3 September 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kochi 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kochi 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kochi 3 September 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Lucknow 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Lucknow 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Lucknow 3 September 2019 Closed €625

Upcoming examinations in Jordan (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Amman 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Amman 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Amman 3 September 2019 Closed €625

 

Upcoming examinations in Bahrain (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 3 September 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part B OSCE - Bahrain 8-9 March 2019 Closed €1150
MRCS Part B OSCE - Bahrain 1-2 November 2019 1 September 2019 €1150

 

Upcoming examinations in Dubai (NEW CENTRE) (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part B - Dubai 28 June 2019 Closed €1150

 

Upcoming examinations in Saudi Arabia (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Dammam 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Dammam 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Dammam 3 September 2019 Closed €625

 

Upcoming examinations in Malaysia (apply here)

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Penang 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Penang 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Penang 3 September 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 3 September 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 3 September 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part B OSCE - Penang 26-27 January 2019 Closed €1150
MRCS Part B OSCE - Penang 17-18 August 2019 Closed €1150

 

Upcoming examinations in Malta (apply here)

 

Exam Date of exam Closing date Fees
MRCS Part A - Malta 8 January 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Malta 16 April 2019 Closed €625
MRCS Part A - Malta 3 September 2019 Closed €625

 

Exam regulations and notices

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

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