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Welcome to MRCS January 2004 - September 2010

Please Note:

Examinations held within the UK
The final diet in the UK of the Intercollegiate MRCS Examination is scheduled to be the Part 3 examination to be held in October/November 2010. The final opportunity to attempt Part 2 in the UK for the first time was the April 2007 diet.

Ireland and Overseas
The Intercollegiate MRCS Examination will continue to be held in Ireland and overseas until further notice by individual Colleges.
All new UK candidates should visit MRCS from 2008


Membership of one of the surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland is open to surgeons who have passed all parts of the Intercollegiate Membership examination and meet the criteria set out below.

The examination syllabus, format and content, are common to all four colleges. The examinations are held separately by each College at the same time of year in Great Britain and Ireland, but at different times overseas, with the exception of the Part 1 and Part 2, which are held at approximately the same time worldwide.

Candidates can enter any part of the examination through any College, but may only enter with one College at each sitting. Candidates will be eligible for election as Members of the College with which they successfully complete Part 3 of the examination.

Eligibility for Diploma

To be eligible to obtain the Diploma of Member, all candidates must:

  • hold a primary medical qualification that is acceptable to the United Kingdom General Medical Council for Full or Limited Registration or to the Medical Council in Ireland for Full or Temporary Registration; overseas candidates must hold a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Councils of the four Colleges; (prospective candidates who wish to check the acceptability of their medical degree should check the World Health Organisation's list of medical schools. If the medical school does not appear on this list, candidates should contact the examinations department/section at the College to which they wish to apply for the examination);
  • have passed Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the MRCS examination; and
  • have applied for Membership and been approved by the relevant College Council. Details of the procedure for election to Membership may be obtained from individual Colleges.