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Guide to the Content of the MRCS Examination

The content of the MRCS examination fully integrates basic science and clinical knowledge. It has been agreed by, and is common to, the Surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland.

The aim of the Guide is to set out for candidates a comprehensive description of the breadth and depth of the knowledge, skills and attributes expected of them, and thus provide a framework around which a programme of preparation and revision can be structured. It also sets out the areas in which candidates will be examined.

The MRCS Guide can be downloaded in pdf format below.

How to use the Guide

The guide is in three main parts. The first part gives comprehensive guidance, in modular format, as to the topics to be covered in the examination. The second part gives more detail and sample questions on the structure of Part A. The third part gives similar guidance on Part B. There are links on Page 2 which will take you straight to the relevant sections of the document and there are hyperlinks throughout which will take you to associated webpages or documents which you will find useful.