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Intercollegiate MRCS Part A

Exam overview

Part A of the Intercollegiate MRCS 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. The standard price is £526, however in some non-UK centres a local administration fee is also included.

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.

  • £513.00
£513.00

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.

Exam format

Part A is a four-hour MCQ exam consisting of two papers, each 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 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.

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UK and Ireland Exams

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09
Feb
2018
Tue
17
Apr
2018
£526.00
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17 Apr 2018

£526.00

Price (includes local fee where applicable)

£526.00

Multiple Locations

Locations:

  • NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • CARDIFF, United Kingdom
  • Coventry, United Kingdom
  • MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
  • NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
  • STIRLING, United Kingdom

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11 Sep 2018

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  • NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
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2018
£583.00
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09 Jan 2018

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NEW DELHI, India

Location:

India Corporate Centre (ICC)
J2B1 Mathura Road
NEW DELHI
110044
India

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Landmark: Metro Pillar no.345; besides Mercedes show room. Directions: Going towards Faridabad on Mathura road, first U-turn from under the Badarpur-Faridabad Flyover and immediate first left towards ICC.
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09 Jan 2018

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09 Jan 2018

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KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia

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