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Intercollegiate MRCS Part A

Exam overview

The Intercollegiate MRCS Part A is a five-hour MCQ exam consisting of two papers taken on the same day. The AM paper is three hours and the PM paper is two hours in duration, and the standard price is £550.  We intend to deliver the examination as an online assessment, though the option of delivering this as a face to face exam may become available. We will confirm this with applicants in due course.

There is now a single booking option below for UK and Ireland examination candidates, and another for international examination candidates. These are listed as 'multiple locations' below.

First 4: We want to help you through your first four years of training. If you take MRCS Part B with us, we can save you up to £512.

  • £550.00
£550.00

Eligibility

To be eligible to sit the MRCS exam, you must hold a medical degree that is acceptable to the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for full or provisional registration or to the Medical Council in Ireland for full or temporary registration.

First time applicants whose names do not appear on the registers of the GMC or Medical Council (Ireland) must submit their original certificate (or an authenticated copy) of a medical degree acceptable to the councils of the four colleges.

Full details on candidate eligibility can be found on the intercollegiate MRCS exam website.

Application for admission to the exam must reach us no later than 5pm on the closing date.

Exam format

Part A is a five-hour MCQ exam consisting of two papers, an AM paper of three hours and a PM paper of two hours duration, taken on the same day.

The papers cover generic surgical sciences and applied knowledge, including the core knowledge required in all nine specialties as follows:

  • Paper 1: applied basic sciences
  • Paper 2: principles of surgery in general

To achieve a pass in Part A, you will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of competence in each paper in addition to achieving or exceeding the pass mark set for the combined total mark for Part A.

Candidates may attempt to pass Part A of the MRCS exam six times.

Syllabus

The MRCS exam will only test knowledge at the level expected of all trainees completing core training irrespective of their chosen specialty.

The exam uses both single best answer MCQs and extended matching MCQs designed to test knowledge of both applied basic science and principles of surgery in general to a level that a surgical trainee should have achieved two to three years after qualification.

The syllabus is divided into 10 modules:

  • Module 1: basic science knowledge relevant to surgical practice
  • Module 2: common surgical conditions
  • Module 3: basic surgical skills
  • Module 4: the assessment and management of the surgical patient
  • Module 5: perioperative care of the surgical patient
  • Module 6: assessment and early treatment of the patient with trauma
  • Module 7: surgical care of the paediatric patient
  • Module 8: management of the dying patient
  • Module 9: organ and tissue transplantation
  • Module 10: professional behaviour and leadership skills

For detailed information on the MRCS syllabus please visit the intercollegiate exam website.

Booking options

UK and Ireland Exams

UK and Ireland

Application Deadline
Exam date
Price (includes local fee where applicable)
Available locations
Fri
30
Oct
2020
Tue
12
Jan
2021
£550.00
Multiple Locations

Apply before: 30 Oct 2020

Application for admission to the exam must reach us no later than 5pm on the closing date.

12 Jan 2021

£550.00

Price (includes local fee where applicable)

£550.00

Multiple Locations

Locations:

  • UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom

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International Exams

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Middle East, Europe & Central Asia

Africa

Application Deadline
Exam date
Price (includes local fee where applicable)
Available locations
Fri
30
Oct
2020
Tue
12
Jan
2021
£550.00
Multiple Locations

Apply before: 30 Oct 2020

Application for admission to the exam must reach us no later than 5pm on the closing date.

12 Jan 2021

£550.00

Price (includes local fee where applicable)

£550.00

Multiple Locations

Locations:

  • INTERNATIONAL - ALL COUNTRIES, A.P.O.

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Candidates required to provide their Primary Medical Qualifcation and who are unable to access attestation services due to COVID-19 restrictions may provide these documents via email. Please send scanned copies of your original documents to MRCS&DOHNS@rcseng.ac.uk.


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