The Intercollegiate Membership examination of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (MRCS) tests the knowledge, experience and clinical competence expected of trainees at the end of their core surgical training.

Passing the MRCS examination grants membership of one of the four surgical royal colleges in the UK and Ireland, and for trainees following the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP), entry to higher specialist training.

The MRCS examination has two parts:

  • Part A: written paper
  • Part B: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 

Candidate guidance

The documents in this section will help candidates prepare for both parts of the MRCS examination. They provide essential information on the format and content of the examination as well as sample questions and marking criteria.

View MRCS candidate guidance

MRCS regulations and formal documents

The MRCS regulations apply to all candidates; it is essential that you read and understand them before sitting the examination.

View MRCS regulations