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).
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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. 

  • The MRCS Part A subscription provides access to +3,000 MRCS Part A SBA practice questions, helpful media resources and a free app
  • The Part B subscription offers helpful detailed lectures, demonstration videos and case studies

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 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €615
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
 MRCS Part A - Belfast 14 January 2020 25 October 2019
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
MRCS Part B - Dublin
18-19 January 2020 15 November 2019 €1,125
14-15 May 2020 21 February 2020
6-7 October 2020 17 July 2020

India

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Kochi 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €640
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020

Jordan

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Amman 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €640
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020

Bahrain

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Bahrain 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €675*
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
MRCS Part B - Bahrain 13-14 March 2020 5 January 2020 €1,200*
6-7 November 2020
6 September 2020

*Fees including VAT

Dubai

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Dubai 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €675*
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
MRCS Part B - Dubai 26-27 June 2020 26 April 2020
€1,200*

*Fees including VAT

Saudi Arabia

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Al-Khobar 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €675*
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020

*Fees including VAT

Malaysia

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Penang 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €640
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
MRCS Part A - Kuala Lumpur 14 January 2020 25 October 2019
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
MRCS Part A - Kota Kinabalu 14 January 2020 25 October 2019
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
MRCS Part B - Penang 18-19 January 2020 17 November 2019 €1,140
15-16 August 2020 14 June 2020

Malta

Exam Date Closing date Fee
MRCS Part A - Malta 14 January 2020 25 October 2019 €640
21 April 2020 17 February 2020
15 September 2020 3 July 2020
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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