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Postponement of Part 3 MRCOG exam

News 30 October 2020

The College has taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone the November Part 3 MRCOG exams until further notice following recent news and research suggesting that the COVID-19 infection rate is increasing exponentially in many parts of the country.

In reaching this decision, the Officers and RCOG Executive had extensive discussions considering the risks of proceeding with the exam. Despite the significant efforts made to ensure the exam would be as safe as possible – including establishing a new hybrid virtual-in-person model, appropriate use of PPE, social distancing restrictions and strict protocols for access to and within the College building – we came to the conclusion that the overall risk to the candidates, examiners and our own staff of proceeding is simply too great.


Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“We understand that this news will be upsetting and frustrating to the candidates who were due to sit the exam and who will have spent a huge amount of time revising and preparing for the Part 3 exam, while in many cases continuing to work on the front line of the pandemic. We apologise for the impact that this has had upon candidates.”


Information for affected candidates

All candidates booked for November will be guaranteed a place in the next exam diet.

Work is under way to bring the date of the next exam diet forward as much as possible for the affected candidates, and to deliver the exam using a fully virtual model to safeguard as much as possible against any future pandemic-related disruption.

The GMC has confirmed that our decision to postpone the exam will have no impact on career progression for those candidates where the Part 3 exam is their only requirement to move between training years.

We will provide more information about when the exams will take place, as soon as we are able to.

If you have any questions, please read our FAQs in the first instance. If your question is not answered, contact our exams team on We will aim to respond to your query as soon as possible.

Once again, we are sorry to all candidates for this disruption during this extraordinary time.