Part 2 MRCOG: FAQs

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Part 2 MRCOG.

If you have a question which is not answered here, or you can’t find what you need on the website, please email the Examination Department or call +44 20 7772 6210.

How do I apply to sit the Part 2 MRCOG?

Before you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG, you’ll need to apply to have your training assessed (see below). In order to do so, you will need to register with the RCOG website so a form can be sent to you.

Once your training has been assessed and approved, you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG online. Application is only open for short periods of time: please visit the main Part 2 MRCOG page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the examination must be submitted before the closing date for applications.

How much does it cost to sit the Part 2 MRCOG?

There is no fee for the application for assessment of training. You will be informed of the Part 2 fee once assessment of your training has been successfully completed.

When can I apply for my Part 2 training to be assessed?

You can apply to have your Part 2 training assessed once you have applied for the Part 1 MRCOG exam. Candidates following route A (please see the regulations for details about different routes) need to be in intermediate training (ST3-ST5) at the time of application.

How do I apply to have my training assessed?

Request an assessment of training form (RCOG website registration required), complete it and send it to the College together with attested copies of certificates/letters from your consultants-in-charge confirming each of the posts on your form. Contracts or appointment letters are not accepted.

Do UK trainees need to provide experience certificates?

No. Trainees entered onto the UK specialist training programme are not required to submit supporting documents. A completed Application of Assessment of Training form with Route A selected and a National Training Number (NTN) included is sufficient.

Do my certificates/letters from consultants-in-charge need to be on hospital letterheads?

Yes.

What information needs to be included on my certificates?

Your certificates must be clearly dated and include details of the position held, the hospital you are/were working for and the exact dates of the appointments; and be signed by your consultant-in-charge.

Where can I get my documents certified?

The following individuals/institutions can certify your documents:

  • A Fellow or Member of the RCOG
  • The university or hospital issuing the certificate
  • The British Council
  • Your embassy
  • A solicitor

Will my documents be sent back to me?

No: any documents submitted are retained by the Examination Department. We therefore recommend that you submit cetified copies of any documentation you wish to keep, rather than sending originals.

Which overseas hospitals are recognised for Part 2 training?

All overseas hospital-based posts in obstetrics and/or gynaecology are recognised.

I had my training for Part 2 MRCOG assessed by the RCOG, successfully, some years ago. I now wish to sit the exam again. Do I need to have my training reassessed?

There is no need to have training for Part 2 assessed again, once it has been successfully assessed by the College. You can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG online. Application is only open for short periods of time: please visit the main Part 2 MRCOG page for information about when you can apply.

The application form for assessment of training asks for pre- and post-registration training. Does this mean I should register with the RCOG and then undergo training for the specified period to appear for the exam? I registered with my country’s Medical Council after my medical degree – is this registration enough?

Pre- and post-registration refers to before and after registration as a doctor with your local Medical Council. It does not refer to registration with the RCOG.

However, we do encourage all people who have passed the Part 1 MRCOG to join the RCOG’s Trainees’ Register. This allows us to send you useful information and offer you a range of benefits that will help you in your preparation for the Part 2 (e-learning, free or reduced journal subscriptions etc.).

What documents would you need to register me under my new/married name?

You would need a re-issued degree certificate or certificate of medical registration stating your new/married name, as well as a copy of your marriage certificate/affidavit showing both your former and your new name. Sending a marriage certificate/affidavit alone is not sufficient.

When will my entry ticket me sent to me?

Your entry ticket will be emailed to you approximately 3 weeks before your exam. You will need to print out your entry ticket and bring it with you to the exam, together with photographic identification.

What if I need a visa to get to the exam venue?

The College cannot advise you on this matter. Please contact the relevant consulate for information about any visa requirements before applying for the exam. If you need a letter from the Examination Department confirming your attendance at the exam, please inform us when applying for the exam, and ensure that you apply in good time.

Can I postpone my exam?

The regulations state that candidates who withdraw their application for a particular exam after the closing date, or who fail to appear, shall forfeit the exam fee. The application forms include a reminder of this regulation. This means the College cannot refund your entry fee after an exam’s closing date and your candidature for the exam will remain. The College cannot make changes or transfers of centres after the closing date. If you fail to attend the exam, your entry will not be counted as an attempt.

In certain prescribed circumstances, the College does consider refunding the entry fee. If you wish to apply for this, please do so in writing (hard copy, not email or fax) to the Part 2 MRCOG Secretary at the RCOG immediately after the exam you failed to attend, enclosing documentary evidence to support your circumstances.

How is data about my exam dealt with?

Once you have successfully completed your exam, the details of your award from the College (including date) are regarded as public information. Names of successful candidates are posted on a printed pass list in open view at the College, on the College website and on admission ceremony programmes, where applicable. This basic information will also be released to bona fide third-party enquirers, such as other educational bodies or prospective employers.

If you are registered or anticipate being registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), your personal data, including data about your exam results, will be passed to the GMC for quality assurance and for research purposes, and to facilitate the awarding of Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT).

How many times can I attempt the Part 2 MRCOG?

Candidates in UK-based training who intend to enter the UK Specialist Register are permitted no more than 6 attempts at the Part 2 MRCOG. Candidates who wish to apply for the Part 2 MRCOG following 6 previous fails need to provide supporting documentation from their Head of School (or equivalent) outlining the exceptional reasons for permitting a further attempt at the exam.

Is there a time limit between passing the Part 1 MRCOG and passing the Part 2 MRCOG?

No, but the College does require you to have attempted the Part 2 at least once within a certain period of time after passing the Part 1 or gaining exemption from the Part 1:

  • Candidates wishing to enter the UK Specialist Register must attempt the Part 2 within 7 years of passing/gaining exemption from the Part 1 (pro rata, to a maximum of 10 years)
  • All other candidates must attempt the Part 2 within 10 years of passing/gaining exemption from the Part 1

After passing the Part 2 MRCOG written exam, do I have to appear for the immediately succeeding oral assessment?

Yes. The two parts are organised, written and blueprinted as a whole. A pass in the Part 2 written exam cannot be carried over. If you do not appear at the immediately succeeding oral assessment (or fail it), you will need to resit the Part 2 written exam. You should take this into account when making plans.

Does my performance in the Part 2 written exam affect my chances in the succeeding oral assessment?

No, the two are marked independently. Only the MRCOG Prize Medal is awarded based on a combined score.

I have passed the MRCOG but have not received my certificate. Who should I contact?

Please email the Membership Relations team or call +44 20 7772 6248.

What's the procedure if I want a more detailed breakdown of my exam results?

Candidates’ results letters contain the feedback approved by the Examination and Assessment Committee. For more information, please read the RCOG’s complaints and appeals procedures (PDF).

What training is required for the Part 2 MRCOG?

For full details, please see the Part 2 MRCOG regulations and the Part 2 MRCOG syllabus.

What courses do you recommend to help prepare for the exam?

The only courses the RCOG can wholeheartedly recommend are those run by the College itself. Visit the College’s Events pages for more information.

For online learning we strongly recommend StratOG, the College’s e-learning platform. This structured training resource is continuously updated, uses innovative tools and includes saveable interactive assessments (MCQs and EMQs) with instant, detailed feedback. StratOG is available free of charge to members of the RCOG Trainees’ Register. Other exam candidates can pay to access this useful resource.

Is there a recommended reading list for the Part 2 MRCOG?

Yes: the Part 2 subcommittees have put together a recommended reading list to help candidates prepare for the Part 2 MRCOG.

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