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Revision resources

We want your learning experience to be as effective and enjoyable as possible. To help you revise and to give you the best chance of passing your Part 1 MRCOG, we’ve put together a range of revision resources. Browse the support materials below.

Register with the RCOG

We encourage all our exam candidates to register with the College, this will open up access to a range of benefits that can support your preparation. See the Trainee Registreation options detailed below:

Trainees appointed to a type 1 StR post in the UK

Registration is mandatory until you’ve passed the Part 3 MRCOG. At this point, you’ll be eligible for the full Member’s benefit package.

Trainees appointed to FTSTA posts

A Trainee membership grants you access to the ePortfolio, our training and progression tool. We therefore strongly recommend that you register.

International Trainees and candidates 

It’s highly recommended that you join the College as an Associate member. The Trainee register isn’t available to our overseas candidates.


Revision resources & support

The College offers a range of resources that will help you prepare for the Part 1 MRCOG.

Recommended reading list

This list has been compiled by the Part 1 MRCOG Sub-committee.

Basic Sciences for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (5th ed)

  • Tim Chard and Richard Lilford
  • ISBN: 978-3540761884

British National Formulary

  • ISBN: 978-0857110848

Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility (7th ed)

  • Mark A Fritz and Leon Speroff
  • ISBN: 978-0781779685

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Lecture Notes (9th ed)

  • Gerald A McKay and Matthew R Walters
  • ISBN: 978-1118344811

Essential Medical Genetics (6th edition)

  • Edward S Tobias, Michael Connor and Malcolm Ferguson Smith
  • ISBN: 978-1405169745

Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology (24th ed)

  • Kim E Barrett, Susan M Barman, Scott Baitano, Heddwen L Brooks
  • ISBN: 978-0071780032

Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry (28th ed)

  • Robert K Murray, Victor W Rodwell, David Bender, Kathleen M Botham, P Anthony Weil, Peter J Kennelly
  • ISBN: 978-0071625913

Larsen’s Human Embryology (4th ed)

  • Gary C Schoenwolf, Steven B Bleyl, Philip R Brauer, Philippa H Francis-West
  • ISBN: 978-0443068119

Last’s Anatomy – Regional and Applied (12th ed)

  • Chummy S Sinnatamby
  • ISBN: 978-0702033957

Medical Microbiology (7th ed)

  • Patrick R Murray, Ken S Rosenthal and Michael A Pfaller
  • ISBN: 978-0323086929

MRCOG Part One: Your essential revision guide

Revision Notes for the MRCOG Part 1 (Oxford Specialty Training: Revision Texts)

  • Arisudhan Anantharachagan, Ippokratis Sarris and Austin Ugwumadu
  • ISBN: 978-0199592333

Robbins Basic Pathology (8th ed)

  • Vinay Kumar, Abul K Abbas, John C Aster
  • ISBN: 978-1437717815

SBAs for the Part 1 MRCOG

Statistics at Square 1 (9th Ed)

  • T D V Swinscow and M J Campbell
  • ISBN: 978-0727915528

Cambridge University Press discount

The RCOG works in partnership with Cambridge University Press to develop resources for exam candidates, trainees and Fellows and Members of the College. Fellows, Members and registered Trainees of the RCOG are eligible for a 20% discount on all Cambridge University Press Academic titles.


RCOG eLearning contains a single best answer (SBA) resource that provides invaluable practice in tackling SBAs for the Part 1 MRCOG. You can find out more and purchase access via the eLearning platform.


The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist contains high-quality peer-reviewed articles on O&G that aim to inform your clinical practice. TOG questions can help you assess your knowledge and structure your revision for the MRCOG.

Green-top Guidelines

Our Green-top Guidelines are a practical resource for all exam candidates. These papers inform the exam itself, so revising the Guidelines will really help you understand what the exam questions are asking and how best to answer them.


Our courses are structured to cover the full Part 1 syllabus. We’ll cover all the necessary modules to give you the best chance of passing your first MRCOG exam. For details of these revision courses, see the RCOG courses listings.

Part 1 MRCOG: syllabus

The Part 1 MRCOG covers the basic and applied sciences relevant to the clinical practice of O&G. In the PDF guide below, you’ll find a summary the syllabus, explaining what you will need to know for the Part 1 MRCOG exam.

Part 1 MRCOG Capabilities in Practice (CiPs) and Knowledge Requirements are contained in the MRCOG Syllabus Curriculum 2019 document:

MRCOG Syllabus Curriculum 2019

For more detail about the content of each Capability in Practice (CiP), please visit the Current Core Curriculum page and read the Knowledge Requirements associated for each CiP.