Exam Information

UK

MRCS Regulations (UK)

MRCS Part A – MCQ

The MRCS Part A is a four hour MCQ examination consisting of two papers, each of two hours’ duration, taken on the same day.  The papers administered each college at any particular sitting are identical and are held almost simultaneously. 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 the candidate will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of competence in each of the two papers in addition to achieving or exceeding the pass mark set for the combined total mark for Part A.

There is no limit on the number of occasions on which candidates may attempt to pass Part A of the MRCS examination.

MRCS Part A (MCQ) Candidate Guidance Notes (UK)

Sample Questions - Provided by the Royal Colleges.

Application Form

MRCS Part B – OSCE

The MRCS Part B – OSCE normally consists of eighteen examined stations each of nine minutes’ duration.

MRCS Part B (OSCE) Candidate Guidance Notes (UK)

Application Form

Domain Descriptors and Marking Scheme

Overseas

MRCS Regulations (Overseas)

MRCS Part A – MCQ

Part A is a four hour MCQ examination consisting of two papers, each of two hours’ duration, taken on the same day.

MRCS Part A (MCQ) Candidate Guidance Notes (Overseas)

MRCS Part B – Oral, Clinical, Communications skills (O,C,C)

Part B of the MRCS consists of three components: the oral, the clinical and the communication skills. Candidates must take all components of the Part B (oral, clinical, communication skills) with the same College.

MRCS Part B Oral Examination (Overseas)

The oral component is a knowledge-based part comprising three individual question and answer sessions, each lasting 20 minutes,

MRCS Part B Communication Skills (Overseas)

The clinical short cases will be organised into four 15-minute bays.

MRCS Part B Clinical Examination (Overseas)

Communication skills will be assessed in two bays. One bay will assess the giving of information and one will assess taking and presenting a history. The total assessment time will be 25 minutes.

 

Further information can be found on the RCS website.

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