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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.

MRCS Part A is currently delivered via computer based testing centres in partnership with Pearson Vue. Further information is available on our Pearson Vue Landing Page. This information includes how to book your Pearson Vue test centre once you've completed your booking with RCS England.


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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 by email to SurgicalEligibility@rcseng.ac.uk.

Documents recieved by post will not be accepted.

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

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

MRCS Part A is currently delivered via computer based testing centres in partnership with Pearson Vue. Further information is available on our Pearson Vue Landing Page. This information includes how to book your Pearson Vue test centre once you've completed your booking with RCS England.

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
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Feb
2023
Tue
16
May
2023
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Multiple Locations

Apply before: 17 Feb 2023

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

16 May 2023

£578.00

Price (includes local fee where applicable)

£578.00

Multiple Locations

Locations:

  • PEARSON VUE TEST CENTRES, United Kingdom

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Candidates required to provide their Primary Medical Qualification should send these documents via email. Please send scanned copies of your original documents to SurgicalEligibility@rcseng.ac.uk.

Do not post your documents to our offices.

Upcoming Exam Dates


MRCS Part A January 2023

Application Deadline: Closed | Exam Date: 18 January 2023 | Location: Pearson Vue Test Centres | Result Release: 9 February 2023

MRCS Part A May 2023

Application Deadline: 17 February 2023 | Exam Date: 16 May 2023 | Location: Pearson Vue Test Centres |
Result Release: 8 June 2023

MRCS Part A September 2023

Application Deadline: 16 June 2023 | Exam Date: 12 September 2023 | Location: Pearson Vue Test Centres |
Result Release: 5 October 2023


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