Resources and supports

RCSI is committed to supporting surgeons in training all over the world pass the MRCS exams. Through our suite of exam supports and resources, candidates sitting the MRCS exams with RCSI are supported throughout their exam preparation period.

Prospective candidates sitting the MRCS exams with RCSI can learn about RCSI Membership here.

For more information about the MRCS curriculum and regulations, please visit our MRCS guidance and regulatory documents webpage.

Affiliate Membership of RCSI offers access to a comprehensive range of resources supporting candidates looking to complete the MRCS exams. Candidates sitting the MRCS Part A exam with RCSI will receive a free one-year access to our full Affiliate Membership suite of resources. Resources include:

  • Access to surgical anatomy resources such as surface anatomy and dissection guides
  • 20% discount off Cambridge University Press
  • 20% discount on Pastest MRCS resources
  • Access to exam specific Elsevier journals
  • SurgiQuiz
  • Surgical kills and science videos and support guides
  • Access to online courses

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 20% discount off the Pastest online subscription. Candidates will receive their Pastest 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.

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 covers the 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.

Please note that our MRCS Part B preparation course has a limited number of places, so we advise candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible. 

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Download our MRCS calendar which includes exam and closing dates for MRCS Part A, MRCS Part B and our MRCS Part B preparation course below:

RCSI Professional Examinations - Surgery Examinations Calendar 2024 PDF | 112 KB

The Medical Science for Surgery and Emergency Medicine is an online modular course presented as a series of recorded 90-minute modules.

Each module covers a specialty topic in medical science, and features recorded lectures with experts in the field alongside recommended readings. Slides covering the content are provided, and a short series of MCQs based on the content covered is completed in order to complete the module.

There are seven modules available, with more modules planned for future release. You can purchase as many modules as you like – each module is worth 2 CPD points.

Find more information about the Medical Science for Surgery and Emergency Medicine online course here.