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).
ICBSE statement on MRCS Part A pass mark September 2020 PDF | 166.6 KB Temporary changes to MRCS Part B – COVID-19 ICBSE statement PDF | 164.9 KB

Guidance for the remote delivery of the MRCS Part A examinations – September 2020

Candidate instructions for launching Examplify PDF | 220.9 KB System and permission requirements PDF | 817.9 KB ICBSE privacy policy for remote invigilation PDF | 354.5 KB FAQs PDF | 281.9 KB Exam day guide PDF | 170.9 KB Camera lighting guide PDF | 96.6 KB

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
RCSI Dublin 7-8 January 2021 10 December 2020 €615
RCSI Dublin 15-16 April 2021 18 March 2021 €615
RCSI Dublin 26-27 August 2021 1 August 2021 €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. 

Applications are now open for the MRCS Part A Examination taking place on 12 January 2021.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday, 6 November 2020

Apply now 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.

Results

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

MRCS Part A – September 2020 PDF | 502.6 KB MRCS Part B – February 2020 PDF | 141.9 KB MRCS Part A – January 2020 PDF | 693.9 KB MRCS Part B – October 2019 PDF | 411 KB MRCS Part A – September 2019 PDF | 597.3 KB MRCS Part B – May 2019 PDF | 317.7 KB MRCS Part A – April 2019 PDF | 467.1 KB