Surgery

RCSI conducts MRCS exams in Ireland and at numerous overseas locations including Bahrain, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Malta, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. FRCS exams are delivered in Ireland, the UK and internationally, in partnership with the Surgical Royal Colleges of Edinburgh, England and Glasgow.

FRCS exams

The four Surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland (Edinburgh, England, Glasgow and Ireland) offer a suite of Intercollegiate Fellowship Examinations for the surgical community in Ireland, the UK and internationally.

MRCS exams

The MRCS exam aims to assess trainee surgeons in the breadth of both basic sciences and the principles of surgery. It is an intercollegiate exam, hence, the syllabus, format and content are common to all surgical Royal Colleges in the UK and Ireland. The MRCS is fully-recognised by both the Irish Medical Council and the General Medical Council (UK).

  • MRCS – Part A is held three times per year, in January, April, and September. RCSI offers this exam in 11 centres: Dublin, Belfast, Malta, Al-Khobar, Amman, Bahrain, Dubai, Kochi, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Penang.
  • MRCS – Part B is held three times per year, in Dublin (February, May, and October); twice per year in Bahrain (March and November); twice per year in Penang (January and August); and once a year in Dubai (June).
Temporary changes to MRCS Part B – COVID-19 ICBSE statement PDF | 164.9 KB Apply now

Due to the limited number of attempts for MRCS Part B – RCSI offers a two-day intensive course designed to prepare surgical trainees for the MRCS Part B (OSCE) exam. This course is run three times a year in Ireland, and once a year in Bahrain and Penang, and covers the core content of the exam through mock OSCEs, interactive workshops, and group discussions in applied surgery/critical care, clinical/procedural skills, anatomy/surgical pathology, and communications.

Location Course date Closing date Fee
Penang Medical College 30 November - 1 December 2019 6 October 2019 €595
RCSI Dublin 9-10 January 2020 10 November 2019 €615
RCSI Dublin 16-17 April 2020 16 February 2020 €615
RCSI Dublin 27-28 August 2020 28 June 2020 €615

Pastest

RCSI also partners with Pastest – a leading provider of revision resources for the MRCS exams – to offer discounted access to their resources. All applicants sitting MRCS Part A and Part B with RCSI are entitled to a 25% discount off the Pastest online subscription. You will receive a discount code once applications have closed. 

Regulations for the MRCS exams can be found on the intercollegiate exams website. You can also view our Facebook page for details. 

Ireland

Exam   Date  Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Dublin 15 September 2020  3 July 2020  €615
MRCS Part A - Belfast 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €615
MRCS Part B - Dublin 6-7 October 2020 17 July 2020 €1,125

India

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Kochi 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €640

Jordan

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Amman 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €640

Bahrain

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €675*
MRCS Part B - Bahrain 6-7 November 2020 6 September 2020 €1,200*

*Fees including VAT

Dubai

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Dubai 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €675*

*Fees including VAT

Saudi Arabia

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Al-Khobar 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €675*

*Fees including VAT

Malaysia

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Penang 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €640
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €640
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €640
MRCS Part B - Penang 15-16 August 2020 14 June 2020 €1,140

Malta

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Malta 15 September 2020 3 July 2020 €640
Remote delivery of MRCS Part A statement PDF | 156.3 KB

With effect from the October 2020 examination diet, the MRCS Part B examination will feature the following changes:

  • Reduced number of physical examination stations from four to three
  • Thus, reduced number of stations contributing to a candidate’s result from 18 to 17
  • Routine inclusion of a Pilot station (which will not contribute to a candidate’s result) in all OSCE diets, thus keeping the total number of stations at 18
  • Incorporation of ‘Health Promotion’ into the ICBSE MRCS syllabus. This is in response to the introduction of the GMC’s General Professional Capabilities (GPCs). This will be added to the communication skills element of the exam over time as new scenarios are developed.
  • Incorporation of ‘Patient Safety’ into both Anatomy and Procedural Skills sections of the exam. This will not be an additional domain on which to be tested; instead, MRCS Part B (OSCE) scenarios have been reviewed to ensure that this topic was already being tested within them.

The consequences of making the changes above have been modelled and found to yield a very similar pass rate to that previously achieved by candidates. The changes have been approved by the General Medical Council. Candidate guidance will be updated to reflect these changes.

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Results

Exam results are posted here as soon as they become available. The latest results can be found below.

MRCS Part A – April 2019 PDF | 467.1 KB MRCS Part B – May 2019 PDF | 317.7 KB MRCS Part A – September 2019 PDF | 597.3 KB MRCS Part B – October 2019 PDF | 411 KB MRCS Part A – January 2020 PDF | 693.9 KB MRCS Part B – February 2020 PDF | 141.9 KB