Award of the Diploma of Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow indicates that a candidate has a sound knowledge of the scientific basis of ophthalmology and is experienced and competent at applying that knowledge to patients suffering from common ophthalmic conditions.
The Fellowship should be perceived as a validation of an ophthalmologist's knowledge, experience and training. Candidates achieving this standard are judged to have the skills of a General Ophthalmologist and to be able to manage patients and their ophthalmic conditions independently in a safe and professional manner.
Fellowship is not intended to validate sub-specialist expertise and does not provide direct entry to higher specialist training in the UK.
Membership of the College
On completion of the final part of FRCS Ophthalmology, successful candidates will be invited to proceed to admission to the College. In joining us, you will be part of a growing membership committed to ensuring high standards of practice through assessment and continuing professional development.
You can view information on our membership categories, learn how you can contribute to College life and see the benefits offered by visiting our Join Us pages.
Before applying for this examination, ensure you have read and understood the supporting documentation including the examination regulations.
FRCS Ophthalmology Part 3
11 January 2023
13 January 2023
19 June 2023 22 June 2023
Closed - Past Closing Date (Closed on 13 January 2023)
Candidates can express their interest in sitting an exam by completing an online survey between the opening and closing dates. Expressions of interest received by email will not be considered.
Candidates must submit the survey once only. Duplicate submissions will be removed. Candidates can indicate their preferred centre(s) on the online survey and whether they would be prepared to be placed on a standby list (see point 13 for details).
Candidates cannot apply for an examination if they are waiting for results from a previous exam.
Exam places will be allocated from all eligible applications with the weighting of 50% of places being offered to new candidates, and 50% to re-sit candidates.
Candidates will be notified one week after the closing date if they have been allocated a place on the examination.
Candidates who have been successful in obtaining a place on the examination will have 7 days weeks to complete their application and submit their examination fee.
Candidates who do not complete their application and submit their examination fee by the deadline date will be removed from the examination and their place will be allocated to a candidate on the waiting list.
A waiting list of a maximum of 20 applications (30 applications where a double circuit is being operated) will be held for each diet.
Applicants on the waiting list will be advised of their status. There is no guarantee that applicants on the waiting list will receive a place on the diet.
If a place becomes available, the first applicant on the waiting list will be given a 48-hour deadline to accept the place and submit the examination fee. If the place is not accepted and fee paid by the deadline, the place will be offered to the next waiting list applicant.
The waiting list will be closed 4 weeks prior to the first day of the examination. Those applicants on the waiting list at that time will be notified of this and offered the choice of a place on the ‘standby list’ or will have to re-apply for a future diet.
Transfers between centres are not permitted, even on medical grounds.
A standby list will be operated from 4 weeks before the exam. If a place becomes available, the first applicant on the standby list will be given a 24-hour deadline to accept the place and submit the examination fee. If the place is not accepted and exam fee paid by the deadline, the place will be offered to the next candidate on the standby list.
Candidates on the standby list should be prepared for the exam, able to attend on the relevant exam days and can make the appropriate travel and visa arrangements with less than 4 weeks’ notice.
Obtaining the relevant visa to attend the examination is the responsibility of each candidate. Candidates should check the visa application process with their local embassy, including the likelihood of a visa being obtained, prior to applying for an examination. Refunds cannot be given to candidates who are unable to secure a visa in time for their exam.
In view of the current travel sector issues (short notice cancellations, strikes and airport schedule reductions, visa issues), we recommend that candidates have adequate travel insurance to cover their costs including the exam fee should they be unable to attend.
The College cannot be held responsible for candidates being unable to attend an exam due to travel or visa issues. As per the regulations for this exam, refunds are not normally made to candidates who withdraw from the exam after the closing date.
If a candidate has to withdraw from an exam for reasons beyond their control and provides the College with sufficient notice prior to the exam, a refund of up to 80% of the exam fee may be granted subject to relevant documentary evidence being provided and the place being filled by a candidate from the waiting list / standby list.
The College may either cancel an examination centre if there are insufficient candidates or restrict numbers should this be necessary.
Fees are correct at the time of publication: The College may amend these fees in advance of the opening date.
In the unlikely event that the College has to cancel an examination, the examination fee shall be reimbursed, but the College shall incur no further liability.
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Before applying for this examination, ensure you have read and understood the documentation and regulations below. Some of these documents may have changed since the last time you read them.