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Part 1 MRCOG: regulations

The Part 1 MRCOG regulations cover:

General information

Medical practitioners who intend to train for the MRCOG exam are encouraged to inform the College in writing as soon as possible. This will help both the trainee and the College.

Advice on training programmes can be obtained by candidates from the consultants with whom they are working, from the Deanery College Adviser in their region, College Tutors, the Careers Adviser at the College or from the Representative Committees overseas. Contact details may be obtained from the Exam Department.

All trainees are encouraged to join the Trainees’ Register.

Success in the Membership exam and subsequent admission to Membership does not imply the attainment of specialist or consultant status. A further period of supervised training is required for this purpose.


Regulations for Membership

Candidates for Membership are required:

  • To comply with the regulations relating to medical registration
  • To undertake the periods of training set out in the regulations
  • To pass the Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 exams
  • To fulfil the requirements of the regulations in relation to declaration of conduct, admission by the President in Council and payment of the prescribed fees

Candidates must confirm that they are not currently suspended or removed from medical practice by any authorising body or involved in disciplinary proceedings related to medical practice in any country.

Candidates infringing the regulations will be deemed unsuitable for Membership of the College.

Council may refuse to allow a candidate to attempt either part of the MRCOG exam or to become a Member of the College. Under such circumstances the candidate will be advised of the appeals procedure.


Part 1 MRCOG examination

Candidates are eligible to enter for the Part 1 exam when they have obtained their medical degree. However, candidates are advised to attempt the exam only after they have had some grounding in postgraduate obstetrics and gynaecology.

The acceptance of a candidate’s application to attempt the Part 1 exam does not imply acceptance of a subsequent or coincidental application by that candidate to attempt the Part 2 exam.

The Part 1 exam is held in the British Isles and at selected overseas centres twice each year. The exam is in applied sciences and consists of two papers, each lasting 2.5 hours and each comprising of single best answer questions (SBAs). The exam covers those subjects which form part of the general education of any specialist and particularly those subjects which are applicable to obstetrics and gynaecology.

Candidates may take the Part 1 exam at any time and must pass it before attempting the Part 2 exam.


Method of application

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 book your exam place online.

For full details about applying for eligibility, see How to book the Part 1 MRCOG exam.

Resit candidates are already eligible and can proceed directly to booking.


General rules to be observed by all candidates for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 MRCOG exams

  • By applying to sit the Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 MRCOG exam, the candidate agrees to all the terms of the Membership exam regulations and to the transfer of all copyright subsisting in exam material produced by the candidate to the College.
  • All candidates will be issued with a six-digit personal College number. This number must be quoted in all correspondence.
  • Late entries are not accepted. No amendments may be made after the closing date for receipt of applications. Any requests for special arrangements during the examination must be submitted before the closing date for applications.
  • Candidates who withdraw their applications for a particular examination after the closing date, or who fail to appear, shall forfeit the examination fee. Attendance at any part of an examination will count as an attempt.
  • The College will accept copies of certificates attested by the British Embassy, British High Commission, British Consulate, British Council, university issuing the medical degree certificate, the candidate’s own Embassy, or by a Fellow or Member of this College. Certificates not in English must be accompanied by an attested English translation. Candidates may submit medical registration certificates in lieu of degree certificates only if the degree and university are clearly stated.
  • Cheques or banker’s drafts in pounds sterling should be made payable to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Do not send cash. The College incurs unnecessary bank charges due to cheques or drafts being returned by the bank on which they are drawn. In order to minimise this cost the College will add a surcharge of £5.00 to the cost of the exam, where a payment is returned unpaid.
  • Late attendance at any stage of an exam may result in failure of the entire exam.
  • Candidates must bring evidence of identification, which includes their name and photograph, to all sections of the Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 Membership exams for scrutiny by the invigilators and examiners. Candidates who fail to produce satisfactory identification at the beginning of any section of the exam will normally be refused entry to that exam. For reasons of medical security, all candidates for exams must ensure that they can be easily identified in accordance with their photographic identification. In addition, for ease of identification, candidates must ensure that their clothing is not worn in such a way that it obscures the face.
  • Question papers, answer sheets and exam materials remain the property of the College at all times.
  • Council may refuse to allow a candidate to attempt either part of the MRCOG exam or to become a Member of the College. Under such circumstances the candidate will be advised of the appeals procedure.
  • Once you have successfully completed your exam, the details of your award from the College, including date, are regarded as ‘public’ information. For candidates in the UK specialty training programme, results will be made available to Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs)/deaneries as well as the GMC. They may also be released to bona fide third-party enquirers (for example, other educational bodies or prospective employers). No information is supplied via the telephone.
  • Any issue regarding a candidate’s probity will be passed on to the relevant Postgraduate Deanery, where applicable.
  • Candidates intending to be entered on to the UK Specialist Register, now or in the future, are not permitted more than 6 attempts at the Part 1 MRCOG. Should a candidate wish to apply for the Part 1 MRCOG, having failed on 6 or more previous occasions, supporting documentation must be provided by his/her Head of School outlining the exceptional reasons for permitting a further attempt at the exam.



Elsewhere on the site

Exam currency and number of attempts
Regulations on how long an MRCOG exam pass is valid for and the permitted number of attempts at the MRCOG exams
MRCOG complaints and appeals policy
RCOG policy and procedure on making a complaint or appeal about MRCOG exam results