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MRCOG Part 3 November 2020

Update 28 July 2020

In response to the ongoing global pandemic, the RCOG has taken the difficult decision to run the Part 3 exam in the UK only for solely UK trainees.  To allow for social distancing requirements it will be run from the 02 – 05 November 2020.

This decision has been made in order to protect the health of our candidates, examiners and staff as we continue to follow government guidelines and respond to the continued COVID-19 restrictions both in the UK and overseas.

We are currently reviewing ways to conduct the Part 3 exam whilst ensuring the safety of all those involved.  We will update all stakeholders on the format for the exam in due course but it is important to note the content, structure, standard setting and results calculation will remain unchanged.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions in the meantime, please read the below FAQs or contact


Frequently asked questions

Why is the MRCOG Part 3 exam only being held in the UK?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions both in the UK and overseas, the traditional exam delivery format will not be possible. As a result of the format changes that are being made, the RCOG will need to directly ensure the quality of the exam is maintained, which cannot be done overseas as our examiners will not be able to travel.


When will the next MRCOG Part 3 date be?

We are looking into running an additional exam in 2021 and will update further on this when we have confirmation.  The next confirmed exam is 17 – 20 May 2021.


Who is eligible for a guaranteed place on the November exam?

The November exam will only have places for UK trainees. 


I am an overseas candidate who due to demand has not been able to gain a place on the MRCOG Part 3, when will I be able to sit the examination?

Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions have meant that our overseas expansion plan has been halted for the remainder of 2020, however we are doing everything we can to increase the number of exam places to meet demand from 2021.

We are aware there are candidates who have struggled to gain a place and we are looking at how we can address this problem as soon as possible.