Covid Impact on Examinations



Calendar for Examinations 

 The Examinations calendar lists the Examinations date and the opening and closing date for applications. Applications usually open 3-4 months before the exam date and close around 5-6 weeks before the exam date. Time for last submission of online applications is 5pm (Irish time) on the closing date.

The Examinations calendar is published on the Examinations web site - https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/ in the autumn of each year.

 

Who is exempt from Part I of the examinations? 

Part I - If you have one of the qualifications listed below, you are exempt from MRCPI Part I Examination, which means you are eligible to apply to MRCPI Part II Written. This is only for MRCPI General Medicine and Paediatrics. We do not currently offer MRCPI Part I in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Part II - If you hold FRACP you may apply directly for the MRCPI Part II Clinical exam on the basis of exemption from the Part II Written exam.

The exemption only applies if you have completed all parts of the exempting qualification. 

As part of the application process you will be asked to upload an attested copy of your equivalent qualification(s).

GENERAL MEDICINE & PAEDIATRICS PART I EXEMPTIONS

MRCP(UK) – Full membership

MRCPath

MRCPCH

MRACP

FRCP(C)

FCP(SA)

Arab Boards in Medicine or Paediatrics

Saudi Boards in Medicine or Paediatrics

Omani Specialty Boards in General Medicine or Paediatrics

Kuwait Boards of Medicine or Paediatrics

MRCPsych

FCPS in Medicine or Paediatrics (Pakistan)

The American Boards in General (Internal) Medicine or Paediatrics

MMed (Malaysia)

Who is given priority for places at the examinations? 

Places in this examination are limited. If the number of applications for this exam exceeds the number of places available, priority will be given to doctors on our Basic Specialist Training programme. However please be assured we are working very closely with our exam delivery partner to increase the capacity of our exams

 

What documentation is required for applying for an examination? 

 

General Medicine Part I

General Medicine Part II Written

General Medicine Part II Clinical

Proof of Qualification

Scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree. (must be obtained 6 months prior to exam date)

Or

Proof of Medical Council registration (Ireland or UK)

 

A recent colour passport-style photo (minimum resolution 100*100 pixels)

No documents are necessary unless applying via an exemption

 

  • An attested copy of your equivalent qualification for application via an exemption
  • You must have passed MRCPI Paediatrics Part I or MRCPI General Medicine Part I within the last six years

No documents are necessary unless applying via an exemption

You must have passed the MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written exam within the past three years

 

 Paediatrics Part I

Paediatrics Part II Written

Paediatrics Part II Clinical

An attested copy of your primary medical degree (must be obtained 18 months prior to exam date)

A recent colour passport-style photo (minimum resolution 100*100 pixels)

No documents are necessary unless applying via an exemption

  • An attested copy of your equivalent qualification for application via an exemption
  • You must have passed MRCPI Paediatrics Part I or MRCPI General Medicine Part I within the last six years

No documents are necessary unless applying via an exemption

  • You must have passed MCRPI Paediatrics Part II Written within the last three years
  • You need 12 months' post-registration clinical Paediatric experience by the date of the exam (internship experience is not accepted)

 

Obstetrics and Gynaecology II Written

Obstetrics and Gynaecology II Clinical

An attested copy of your primary medical degree

A recent colour passport-style photo (minimum resolution 100*100 pixels)

A copy of your Part I or equivalent qualification. For MRCOG Part I, you will need your official Part 1 Pass letter

A testimonial form signed by two referees (available to download here)

No documents are necessary unless applying via an exemption

  • You must have passed the MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written exam within the past three years

 

MFPHMI Part I

MFPHMI Part II

Scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree

  • Testimonial form for each report
  • Supplementary application form
  • Proof of Medical Council registration
  • Separately you need to submit 3 printed copies of your report(s) and electronic copies of your report(s)

 

If you are exempt from Part I based on passing Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK in addition to the documents above you also need to provide:

  • Scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree
  • Proof of exemption qualification

 

MFPHMI Part III

  • Proof of successful completion of Part II examination and submitting 2 public health reports 

 

MFOM Written

MFOM  Portfolio

MFOM OSPE

 Proof of Qualification

  • Scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree.
  • A copy of your CV

 Declaration form

 No documents are necessary

 

LFOM Written

LFOM  Portfolio

Proof of Qualification

  • Scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree.
  • A copy of your CV

 Declaration form


  

How long after a closing date for an examination are places allocated? 

Verifications are completed up to two weeks after the closing date for applications. Once

verifications have been completed places will be allocated and communications sent.  

 

Therefore you will not receive confirmation of your place until at least three weeks after

the closing date for the examination.

When am I allocated a specific time and venue for my clinical examination?

Places in the clinical examinations are ordinarily allocated within 2-3 weeks of the closing date for the examination. Once all places are allocated you will be sent an email with your full exam details.

How do I cancel my application for an Examination? 

Notice of withdrawal from an examination must be given in writing to the College (email to examinations@rcpi.ie). A refund less 10% will be made if written notice of withdrawal is received by the College on or before the closing date of entry to the examination. Refunds will not be made where candidates submit their withdrawal request after the closing date. In exceptional circumstances, permission may be granted to transfer an application to a later exam date. See RCPI Cancellation Policy for more information

Can I transfer to another sitting of an examination? 

A candidate may transfer their application to a future date for the examination. 

Notice of transfer from an examination to another sitting must be given in writing to the College (email to examinations@rcpi.ie) on or before the closing date of entry to the examination.

Transfer requests after the closing date are dealt with on a case by case basis; this option may be availed of only in extenuating circumstances such as illness or bereavement and may be availed of on one occasion only.

I submitted my application without uploading all of the required documentation what should I do?

Email us at examinations@rcpi.ie quoting your full name, RCPI ID number and the name and date of the exam you are applying for and include the documentation to be uploaded to your application.

Do I need to resubmit documentation for every application?

No, required documentation is submitted with your initial application only, unless specified otherwise.

Are examinations held in an exam centre or online?

All MRCPI Written exams are delivered online by remote invigilation. See website for more details on remote invigilation.

Clinical/OSPE & OSCE exams are held in a clinical setting and/or suitable venue in Ireland and Overseas.

How many attempts at each MRCPI Examination do you have?

From January 2019 the maximum number of times a candidate can sit any Part of an MRCPI examination will be limited to six attempts.

This will mean that you have six attempts at each component of the MRCPI exams (i.e. 18 attempts in total across the three Parts).

  • Candidates must pass the Part I examination within six years from their first attempt (not applicable to Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • Part II Written examination within six years of passing the Part I exam (or equivalent exam for MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • Part II Clinical examination within three years of passing the Part II Written exam

Following a sixth unsuccessful attempt, a candidate will only be allowed a further attempt if their trainer/educational supervisor confirms that the candidate has demonstrated an improvement in knowledge and skill, so that a pass result is highly likely at the next attempt.

 

What form of payments are acceptable for an examination?

All our exam applications are completed online, you can use credit/debit cards and PayPal to complete your payment.

 I am getting an error making my payment online.

First check you have correctly completed all the mandatory fields requested. If you have an error, check with your bank or card issuer first, following this you can contact us at examinations@rcpi.ie with details of the issue along with your name, RCPI ID number and details of the exam you are applying for and we will try to resolve this for you.