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The Fellowship examinations for The Royal College of Pathologists are the main method of assessment for UK pathologists. They are composed of two parts, and both must be successfully completed to be awarded Fellowship of the college.

Successful completion of the FRCPath Part 1 examination only allows the candidate to apply for Associate Membership of the College, as well as for the FRCPath Part 2 examination. It is not a qualification in itself.

Fellowship may also be awarded on the basis of submitted Published Works. This, however, does not contribute to the award of the CCT and is not a mark of eligibility for appointment to a consultant post or unsupervised practice.

The Royal College of Pathologists offers exams in 20 specialities, all of which differ greatly in content and format. Along with varying content, the dates for examination vary, and may be found on the RCPath’s website. Candidates are able to take examinations in the following subjects.


The closing date for application to the Autumn 2018 examinations is Friday 6 July 2018. The examination period will run from the 24 September until 2 November. Results will be published on the 23 November.

Dates for specific papers will be published individually, and candidates are encouraged to check regularly. The current dates are as follows:

Clinical Biochemistry

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of two parts: Part 1 (Written Exam), and Part 2, comprised of three modules:

Clinical Cytogenetics

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of two parts:

Dermatopathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Forensic Pathology

There are two pathways through the Forensic Pathology examinations:

Genetics

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Haematology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Haematology Clinical Science

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Histopathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Immunology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Infection

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of two papers, each containing 100 single best answer questions.

Medical Microbiology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of Part 1 – a 125-question MCQ exam – and Part 2. The second part of the pathway includes

Medical Genetics

The examination pathway in this speciality leads to the Certificate in Medical Genetics, and requires the candidate to sit a single paper consisting of 20 compulsory SAQs to be answered over three hours.

Molecular Genetics

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of two parts:

Molecular Pathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Neuropathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Oral Pathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Paediatric Pathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of Part 1 from the Histopathology syllabus, and a Part 2 comprised of

Reproductive Science

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Toxicology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Transfusion Science

The examination pathway in this speciality leads to an HSST in Transfusion Science. The examination comprises an Essay Paper and some SAQs.

Veterinary Pathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Veterinary Clinical Pathology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

Virology

The examination pathway in this speciality is comprised of

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