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Eligibility and how to book the Part 1 MRCOG exam

Applying and booking your place on the Part 1 MRCOG exam

On this page:

  • Eligibility application deadlines
  • Instructions for resit candidates
  • Instructions for first-time candidates
  • Eligibility Assessment application form
  • How to submit your eligibility application
  • Make sure your application is complete
  • Processing time


Part 1 exam – July 2021

Due to a technical issue, we have had to pause bookings for the July 2021 examinations. Following an urgent review, we have taken the decision to use an alternative mechanism to provide candidates with an opportunity to book a place.

Read full details in the April 2021 update on Part 1: News and updates


Eligibility application deadlines

Exam: Monday 5 July 2021

Eligibility deadline: Monday 1 March 2021


Resit candidates are already eligible

If you have already taken the Part 1 exam, you are already eligible to sit the exam.

When booking applications are open for the Part 1 MRCOG, please log into your account and book your place on the exam directly.

If you have problems logging in, please do not create a new account, as this will create problems.
Contact us and we will help you access your account.


First-time candidates must have eligibility approved

Applying for the Part 1 exam is a 2-stage process: eligibility and booking.

You must first have your eligibility application processed and approved, before you can make a booking application online.

If your eligibility has been approved already, you do not need to apply again.
However, it's essential to use the same RCOG account which has your eligibility approved.

Log in to access the PDF application form

If you already have an account with the RCOG website, you must use that account.
Sign in here

If you are not sure if you have an account, try the reset password process using any email address(es) you may have used to create your account.

If you are sure you have never had an account with the RCOG website, you can create a new account.

  • When creating your account, please enter "Dr" as your Title.
    This is not essential for your application.
    We ask this so that our automatic emails will begin "Dear Dr".
  • Write your first name (given name) and your last name (family name) the way they are written on your degree certificate.
  • Keep a note of your RCOG account number (6 digits) and the email address you used to register.

When you have logged in, download and save the Eligibility Assessment application form below, and follow the instructions carefully.

Once your eligibility application has been approved, you will be able to make a booking application and online payment, when Part 1 booking applications are open.


Eligibility Assessment application form

You must be logged in to download the Part 1 Eligibility Assessment application form here:



If you have forgotten your login details, please do not create a new College account, or you will not be able to proceed with any exam applications.

Instead, please try to reset your password, or contact us to help you find details about your original account and College Number.


How to submit your eligibility application

Eligibility applications should be emailed with the correct documentation to

  1. Compose a new email with the subject: "Part 1 Eligibility Assessment Application [insert your College number]"

  2. Attach the completed eligibility application form.

  3. Attach your medical degree or registration certificate. This can be:
    1. A scan or photo of your original primary medical degree certificate
    2. A scan or photo of your medical registration certificate, provided it states your primary medical degree and university
    If you are GMC-registered, you do not need to send us your medical degree certificate.

  4. Send your email to


Make sure your application is complete

If your application is missing any details or contains errors, you will not be able to book.

Please ensure you have completed the whole form and attached your medical degree certificate.

If we are unable to verify your degree certificate in the first instance, then we will ask you to email an attested photocopy version instead.

Please do not post us any original documents as we are unable to return them.


Processing time

Please allow up to 4 weeks for your Part 1 Eligibility application to be processed.

If approved, you will be then able to apply for your place on the Part 1 MRCOG exam.

It is not possible for the RCOG to accept late applications.