Resumption of International MRCS Part B OSCE

21 Oct 2021

Resumption of international MRCS Part B (OSCE)


ICBSE and the four Surgical Royal Colleges of the United Kingdom and in Ireland have agreed to resume the delivery of the international MRCS Part B (OSCE) from late 2021.


Due to the fact that various locations around the world are still subject to restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been agreed that there will be a hybrid method of delivery to ensure that the exams can be delivered.


The principles of how the delivery of the MRCS Part B will be resumed are:


  • No College staff or examiners based in the UK or Ireland would be required to travel to an international exam centre.
  • The exam will be delivered in a single exam centre that candidates and some local examiners would travel to.
  • The exam will be delivered with a split-delivery method, with some stations delivered in person at the international exam centre and others delivered remotely with the candidate at the international exam centre in front of a screen and the examiner in the UK or Ireland.
  • All candidates will sit the whole of their exam at a single exam centre, and on a single day.
  • Stations that require physical interaction between a candidate and a patient or prop/procedure will be delivered in person.


Candidates should note that the exact delivery method of the exam may vary slightly between different centres depending local logistical considerations.


Colleges will prioritise candidates whose examinations were postponed as a result of the pandemic in the first instance. Candidates should check the College websites for further information about exactly which exam venues will be run, and when these exams will be run.


ICBSE and the four Surgical Royal Colleges thank candidates for their patience over the course of the pandemic and wish them the best of luck in their forthcoming MRCS Part B examinations.

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