Examinations and Assessment

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Examinations and assessments

The College supports surgeons throughout each career stage with education, exams, awards and scholarships. In taking our exams you will join our community of inspiring healthcare professionals working towards excellence in patient care through Continuing Professional Development.

We conduct exams online, in Glasgow, other parts of the UK and internationally. Please check each examination for location details.

Click below for details of all our exams.

Intercollegiate MRCS

What is the intercollegiate MRCS examination?

The award of the Diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons is an internationally recognised qualification that entitles you to become a Member of a UK Royal College. Award of the Diploma is a pre-requisite for progression to UK specialty training. The exam is in two parts.

Our MRCS Part B OSCE Revision Savings incorporates free Affiliate Membership, a preparation course with sample questions, mock exams and no Membership fees to pay for 12 months upon successful completion of the MRCS.

You can apply by clicking on the buttons below.

MRCS Part A MRCS Part B OSCE

FAQs and enquiries

Who offers the MRCS?

Candidates can sit any part of the exam through any of the four Royal Colleges: Glasgow, Edinburgh, England, Ireland. Read the full list of regulations here.

What is the format of the examination?

MRCS Part A consists of a five-hour multiple choice question exam in two parts: Applied Basic Science and Principles of Surgery in General.
MRCS Part B is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination. This consists of 18 examined stations of nine minutes’ duration, examining Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills.

Where is the examination held?

The Part A examination is an online examination held at a Pearson Vue test centre. The Part B is held in Glasgow, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Sharjah and Cairo.

What are the eligibility requirements for the exam?

To enter, a candidate must possess a primary medical qualification that is acceptable to:

  • the UK General Medical Council for full or provisional registration, or
  • the Medical Council in Ireland for full or temporary registration.

Overseas candidates must hold a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Councils of the Colleges. Candidates who wish to check the acceptability of their medical degree should check the World Directory of Medical Schools.
For further details on the MRCS exam, including sample questions, recommended textbooks and background, please refer to the Candidate Guide issued by the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations. This is a living document that is frequently updated.

FRCS Ophthalmology

What is FRCS Ophthalmology?

Award of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow demonstrates an individual’s knowledge of the scientific basis of ophthalmology, with the experience and competence to apply that knowledge to patients.

Candidates achieving this standard are judged to have the requisite skills of a general ophthalmologist and are able to manage their patients in a safe and professional manner.

You can apply by clicking on the buttons below.

FRCS Part 1 FRCS Part 2 FRCS Part 3

FAQs and enquiries

What is the format of the examination?

There are three parts to the FRCS examination – Parts 1, 2 and 3. Part 1 and Part 2 are written examinations and Part 3 consists of structured oral and clinical examinations. Please refer to the examination Regulations document on our website for full details.

How often will the examinations take place?

The Part 1 and Part 2 examinations are normally held twice each year and the Part 3 examination is normally held five times each year. As future dates and centres are confirmed they will appear on our website.

Where will the examinations be held?

The Part 1 and Part 2 examinations are delivered remotely using the Practique system provided by Fry-IT, with remote proctoring services being provided by Examity.

The Part 3 examinations are held in the UK and at a number of international centres. You will find a full list of locations in our website.

What are the eligibility requirements for the examination?

The education and training requirements for entry are detailed in the eligibility section of the Regulations document.

Can I apply to sit Part 1 and Part 2 at the same time?

No, you must pass Part 1 before applying for Part 2.

MRCS (ENT)

What is MRCS (ENT)?

The MRCS (ENT) OSCE is an intercollegiate examination run jointly with other Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Great Britain and Ireland.

It is intended for doctors wishing to join an otolaryngology department in a trainee position or for GPs who wish to offer minor ENT surgery. It is also intended for doctors who wish to practice within another specialty which interacts with otolaryngology. The exam is in two parts.

You can apply by clicking on the buttons below.

MRCS A MRCS (ENT) OSCE

If you have passed Part A of the Intercollegiate MRCS exam and MRCS (ENT) OSCE, you may apply to join our College as a Member. Benefits include discounts on education and courses, networking opportunities and awards and scholarships.

FAQs and Enquiries

What is the format of the exam?

The examination is in two parts. MRCS Part A consists of a five-hour multiple choice question exam in two parts: Applied Basic Science and Principles of Surgery in General. The MRCS (ENT) OSCE comprises of a written component and an OCSE where candidates will be required to examine actors. The written component of the MRCS (ENT) OSCE will be delivered remotely using the Practique system provided by Fry-IT, with remote proctoring services being provided by ProctorExam. The MRCS (ENT) OSCE is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), lasting approximately three-and-a-half hours. The host centre will rotate between the four Surgical Royal Colleges of the United Kingdom and in Ireland.

Can I sit MRCS Part A and MRCS (ENT) OSCE in any order?

Candidates must pass MRCS Part A before applying for the Intercollegiate MRCS (ENT) OSCE examination

Where are the exams held?

The MRCS Part A is held up to three times a year. These exams are identical and are held simultaneously at all centres. The MRCS (ENT) OSCE is held at one host centre, up to three times a year. The host centre will rotate between the four Surgical Royal Colleges of the United Kingdom and in Ireland.

What are the eligibility requirements for the exam?

We strongly advise that candidates should seek advice of their Assigned Educational Supervisor, Programme Director or equivalent before deciding to sit the exam.
To enter, a candidate must possess a primary medical qualification that is acceptable to:

  • the UK General Medical Council for full or provisional registration, or
  • the Medical Council in Ireland for full or temporary registration.

Overseas candidates must hold a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Councils of the Colleges. Candidates who wish to check the acceptability of their medical degree should check the World Directory of Medical Schools.

Intercollegiate speciality examinations

What are the Intercollegiate speciality examinations?

Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examinations are developed and conducted in the UK and Ireland by the Intercollegiate Boards of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the UK and in Ireland. The Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations (JCIE) organises and administers these examinations.

On passing the ISFE, you can apply to join the College as a Fellow.

International Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examinations are organised by the Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examination (JSCFE).

Full information on all exams, including application documentation and exam locations, can be found on these websites:

Become an Examiner

Our network of examiners are involved in writing question banks, exam scenarios, examining and assessment. Vacancies on our panels are advertised throughout the year on the website.

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