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The Edinburgh MRCS OSCE Preparation Course

This course is aimed at FY2 and above, and primarily those preparing for the Intercollegiate Part B MRCS Examination. It is designed to help improve candidates' performance in the MRCS Part B Examination via practice sessions with 'mock' MRCS OSCE stations and discussions with examiners on the pitfalls and problems commonly encountered with the examination process. The course structure includes short lectures, discussion groups and OSCE stations.

You will also have the option to attend a one-day Wade Anatomy Revision Day, the aim of which is to provide a brief structured review of the anatomy of the whole body in preparation for the MRCS anatomy OSCE with a strong emphasis on interactive identification of cadaveric specimens.  PLEASE NOTE THE ANATOMY DAY HAS ONLY 12 AVAILABLE SPACES.


Candidates preparing for the Intercollegiate MRCS Part B (OSCE) Examination. 

Relevant Grades

FY1, FY2, CT1, CT2, ST1, ST2

Course Format

This three-day course uses a combination of presentations, discussion groups, practice sessions and individual feedback given by tutors experienced in the MRCS Exam.

Day one of this course is an anatomy revision day run under the Wade Programme in surgical anatomy.  Priority for places on this course is given to those attending the MRCS OSCE Preparation Course which runs over the following two days. For further information regarding this revision day, please see the MRCS Surgical Anatomy Revision Day- Outline programme document. Days two & three are the Edinburgh MRCS OSCE Preparation course. 

A major component of the course is the series of simulated MRCS OSCE stations covering clinical and procedural skills; applied surgical science and critical care; anatomy and surgical pathology and communication skills.

Clinical OSCE stations use both real and simulated patients and examiners give structured individual feedback with candidates both observing and taking part in the mock sessions. This course also offers an ideal opportunity to apply knowledge gained on surgical anatomy.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to help improve candidates’ performance in the MRCS Part B (OSCE) examination by providing experience of mock MRCS OSCE stations, highlighting the pitfalls and problems commonly encountered with the examination process and equipping the candidate with relevant and effective techniques to allow them to prepare for the examination with confidence. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the content areas that can be covered during the MRCS OSCE;
  • Describe the structure of a typical MRCS OSCE;
  • Describe the common areas of failure associated with the examination;
  • Identify their strengths and weaknesses relating to skills and knowledge covered by the MRCS OSCE;
  • Utilise effective examination techniques for an OSCE


Costs begin from £365 but may vary depending on the location. Contact the Education Department for more details.

Course Director

Mr Zahid Raza, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Edinburgh and RCSEd Examiner

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the Education Section?

The Education Section is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.  If you wish to contact a member of the team please see contact details below:

Education mailbox:

Phone number:  0131 527 1600

Will I receive CPD?

All RCSEd educational activity is awarded CPD hours. Please see individual course for specific award.

Will I receive a Certificate?

Yes, RCSEd Certificates of Attendance are awarded for all educational courses and are handed out at the end of the course (however, please note that where an event has a PASS or FAIL this will be posted to you after the event). 

What is RCSEd’s course cancellation policy?

Q. What happens if RCSEd cancels a course I am booked on?

A. On the odd occasion, RCSEd may need to cancel a course, for example if we are affected by an event out with our control or if it is not financially viable for us to deliver the course. If we do need to cancel, we will let you know as soon as possible and provide you with a full refund of course fees paid.

RCSEd shall incur no further liability (e.g. travel or accommodation costs). You may wish to consider taking out appropriate travel insurance for any non-refundable costs you may incur when arranging to attend the course


Q. What happens if I need to cancel my place on a course I am booked?

A. If you cancel your place more than four weeks before the event date, you will incur an administration fee of 10% (or £50, whichever is greater) of the total course fee.
If you cancel your place less than four weeks before the start of a course, once the course has started, or you do not notify us, the total course fee will be charged and no refund will be given. (Now that there is no requirement to isolate when test positive for COVID, our standard cancellation policy applies).


Q. Can I cancel a course booking online?

A. NO, cancellations must be made directly with the education team via phone or email (Email: or phone 0131 527 1600).


Q. Can I transfer to another date for the same course?

A. YES, you can transfer to another date by contacting the Education section directly ( Please note that you can transfer only once and transfers can only be made if more than 4 weeks prior to the start of the course, without incurring additional costs.  

How do I book a place on an RCSEd course?

You can book a place for all our courses by visiting the RCSEd website, and selecting the course you wish to book.  Please note that you will need to register with the website in order to book.

For some regional and international courses you will need to book directly with the centre.  Please check individual courses for details.

You can also contact the Education Section by phone to book (0131 527 1600).

What payment methods do RCSEd accept?

Visa and MasterCard are accepted on the RCSEd website and over the phone to the education team.

All course bookings will receive a booking confirmation email:  this email acts as your receipt.

Request an Invoice:  If your course fees will be paid by a third party (eg trust, hospital, charitable fund) and they wish to be invoiced then they must provide us with an official purchase order.  We are unable to process applications without this.

The purchase order should be submitted with the application form and can be emailed to  Please note that we can only invoice organisations and not individuals.  Please check with your hospital or trust, as some may require you to pay yourself and then claim the money back.

Do I receive a discount if I am a Member of RCSEd?

A 10% discount is applied to all educational courses and events organised directly through RCSEd, for Members, Fellows, Associates and Affiliates.

Are you able to help me with my VISA application?

YES, RCSEd can provide you with a Visa support letter confirming the course details and fees paid by you.  This is only possible once you have booked your place on a course and RCSEd have received the full course fee.

If a course is fully booked what can I do? Is there a waiting list?

If a course appears full and you wish to be placed on a waiting list then please contact the education team directly by email or phone 0131 527 1600.

Do you provide lunch or refreshments?

YES, for all educational courses, refreshments are served throughout the day and lunch is provided if the duration is one day or more.


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us and a member of our Education team will be happy to help you.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Education Section

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406