"Taking my MRCS with Edinburgh was as enjoyable and stress-free experience as sitting that exam can be! It was a high quality but fair test of my surgical knowledge, and along with the excellent skills and training courses the Edinburgh College runs, I'd recommend it to anyone." Andrea Warwick MRCSEd, Specialty Registrar in General Surgery
The Membership Examination of the Royal College of Surgeons, or MRCS, is a crucial milestone in your surgical career. It determines whether you possess the correct knowledge, skills and attributes at the end of your early years of surgical training and is an essential pre-requisite before progressing to the more advanced levels of surgical training.
The MRCS examination is intercollegiate examination and it is delivered by all of the UK Surgical Colleges. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh offers the examination at a variety of locations throughout the UK. The examination is made up of two parts, A and B.
Click here to download the full Guide to the Intercollegiate MRCS Examination, including sample questions.
Part A of the MRCS is a written examination, divided into two papers, each of two hours' duration. Both papers are taken on the same day and examine generic surgical sciences and applied knowledge, using multiple-choice Single Best Answer and Extended Matching Item questions. The marks for both papers are combined to give a total mark for Part A, but as a candidate you are expected to demonstrate a minimum level of knowledge in each of the two papers in addition to achieving the set pass mark for the combined papers.
The Part B Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) integrates basic surgical scientific knowledge and its application to clinical surgery. Its purpose is to build on the test of knowledge in Part A and assess how you are able to integrate knowledge and apply it in clinically appropriate contexts. This is done through a series of stations reflecting elements of day-to-day clinical practice.
If you choose to sit the Part B examination with the Edinburgh College, this will enable you to be elected and become a Member of our College. We do hope that you will choose the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for your examinations and become a Member and Fellow of our College in due course.
Where can I sit the MRCS?
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh holds the MRCS Part A in centres throughout the UK and in other countries across the world. To find out more please visit our MRCS page within the Examinations section.
When should I sit the MRCS?
To be eligible to sit the MRCS, you must have completed an undergraduate medical degree from an institution acceptable to the College. As a guideline, it is recommended that Part A should be taken in Specialty/Core Training Year 1 (ST/CT1), and Part B in Specialty/Core Training Year 2 (ST/CT2).
Why should I come to Edinburgh?
Easily Accessible - Edinburgh is easily accessible from all parts of the UK, with exceptional service by train and many low cost airlines. Getting into the city centre from the airport is very simple and fast, with a frequent express bus in operation between Edinburgh International Airport and Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station every 15 minutes. The College is located in central Edinburgh, within easy walking distance of the railway station, Edinburgh Bus Station, Princes Street and the Royal Mile. The College has its own hotel on-site and offers special rates to examination candidates and Fellows and Members.
Relaxed and Friendly Atmosphere - We understand that the examination is a very important event for you, and our staff will do everything possible before and on the day to make you feel welcome and comfortable.
History - The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest surgical institution in the world. When you become a Member of the College you join an illustrious membership which has included some of the greatest surgeons and medical innovators in history.
Representation - The College works tirelessly to represent its Fellows and Members and their interests in the UK and worldwide.
Local Presence - With Regional Surgical Advisers throughout the UK, career advice or local assistance is never far away.
Benefits - As a Member of the College you will receive access to an increasing number of membership benefits from discounts at several major medical publishers and discounts on several College skills courses.
"At exam time with stress levels rising there is nowhere better than Edinburgh to sit MRCS - a small, friendly city with supportive staff at the College - it makes all the difference." Rhys Clement MRCSEd, Specialty Registrar in Orthopaedics
Need more information?
Click here for the MRCS exams page.