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Preparing for the MRCS

Prior to starting specialty training, you will need to pass the MRCS Part A and Part B. The MRCS Part A is a multiple choice question (MCQ) written exam. The MRCS Part B is a clinical, practical exam. 

After successfully passing both parts of the MRCS, which takes place three times a year across the UK and at many international locations, you are eligible to join the RCS as a member. Before you have passed Part B, you may be eligible to join the RCS as an affiliate member for only £15 a year. Affiliate members have access to support through a range of materials to help them prepare for the MRCS exam as well as core surgical training applications and interviews. Some of the support we provide for MRCS preparation can be found below. 

First 4

In response to your concerns about the financial burden of training and the support you need from us, we offer the First 4 membership package. If you take the MRCS Part B with us, you can save up to £512 in membership fees in the first four years post-MRCS. Find out more about First 4

The Funky Professor: Your own private video tutor - Free for affiliates

The Funky Professor anatomy video lectures are now available from the RCS. Currently available are the upper and lower limb, the thorax, and some bonus exam questions, with the rest of the anatomy coming soon.

Each video is accompanied by a detailed slideshow so you can review what you've learned, plus a test on what you've just learnt. It's as easy as one, two, three. 

Find out more


PGCert in Surgery

The Postgraduate Certificate in Surgery is a flexible and interactive way to build up invaluable surgical knowledge and skills ahead of the MRCS exam. Study online, anywhere in the world, at your own pace over 1–2 years to gain this nationally-recognised qualification and enhance your application for specialty selection.

RCS Library Resources - Free for affiliates  

The following electronic resources are particularly useful to MRCS exam candidates and are fully accessible as part of affiliate membership.


Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

A series of individual videos demonstrating the structure and linkages of parts of the human anatomy, using real human bodies.

Visible Body

An interactive 3-D human anatomy visualization and learning tool available online or as an app for iOS and Android users.


Principles and Practice of Surgery (7th ed.)

Robbins Basic Pathology (10th ed.)

Gray's Basic Anatomy, (2nd ed.)

Gray’s Atlas of Anatomy (2nd ed.)

Gray’s Anatomy (2016)

Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy (7th ed.)

Last's Anatomy, (12th ed.)

Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, (13th ed.)

Netter’s Clinical Anatomy (4th ed.)

Other resources

The library subscribes to numerous online journals and some bibliographic databases. We also have a subscription to ClinicalKey, a clinical search engine that provides access to guidelines, patient education information, Clinical Overviews, videos and images.


Books are available to borrow for exam candidates and do not require affiliate membership. We still provide access to our print book collection and can post items to members for a £5.00 charge + return postage. We also have a few select texts still available for collection from our short-loan stock available at our Enquiry Point in the Nuffield Building.

Titles include (for example):

  • Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy (13th ed.)
  • Ganong's review of medical physiology (25th ed.)
  • Last’s Anatomy: Regional and Applied (12th ed.)
  • Essential revision notes for Intercollegiate MRCS : book 1 (2006)
  • Access to surgery : 500 single best answers in general & systemic physiology (2007)
  • Surgical critical care for the MRCS OSCE (2015)
  • Physical examination for surgeons : an aid to the MRCS OSCE (2015)
  • SBA MCQs for the MRCS Part A (2013)
  • MRCS Part A : 500 SBAs and EMQs (2013)
  • Intercollegiate MRCS part A : SBAs and EMQs : mock papers with comprehensive answers (2013)

Our book collection can searched on our catalogue SurgiCat+

Reading Room Space

Fellows and members can contact the library to gain access to study space in Middle Temple Library. For more information email


If you need assistance you can use our help pages or contact us at for more information or support.

MRCS Part B five-day revision course candidate
"The course gave me a clearer picture of what to expect in the exam. Improved my anatomy and improved my physiology"  
MRCS Part B five-day revision course candidate
RCS Library resources user
"Acland’s Video Atlas of Anatomy is incredibly useful as part of MRCS preparation" – Library survey 2018
RCS Library resources user
Funky Professor user
"I have used [the videos] to refresh my knowledge and keep finding new aspects to my anatomy knowledge in areas outside my clinical base. A most enjoyable way to put fun into anatomy"
Funky Professor user

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