The examinations for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists are comprised of the First FRCR, and the two-part Final FRCR.
|Examination||Component||Application Opening Date||Application Closing Date||Examination Date
|First FRCR||Module 1: Physics||1 June 2018||16 July 2018||13 September 2018
|Module 2: Anatomy||1 June 2018||16 July 2018||14 September 2018
|Final FRCR (Part A)||31 August 2018||12 October 2018||12 December 2018
|Final FRCR (Part B)||Written ||1 June 2018||3 August 2018||5 October 2018
|Oral||1 June 2018||3 August 2018||8-12 October 2018
The First FRCR is a measure of a candidate’s knowledge of the principles underpinning diagnostic medical imaging. It also examines whether they have the knowledge of anatomy required to perform and interpret radiological studies.
The examination is composed of two modules – the first, Anatomy, and the second, Physics. Anatomy is examined by an image viewing session on a new digital platform in venues across the UK and other parts of the world. Physics is examined by a MCQ paper. Both are held over a two-day period, three times per year, with one exam on each of the days.
In order to be eligible to sit the First FRCR, candidates need to hold a formal clinical radiology training post and be currently receiving training. This can include trainees on the UK Nuclear Medicine curriculum.
Applications from trained candidates from overseas will be put into a ballot. The ballot takes place after closing date, and those who are successful will have a week to pay their examination fees. Places remaining after this period (due to defaulted payments) will form part of a secondary ballot.
The Module 1 examinations take place in Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Hong Kong, Singapore.
The Module 2 examinations take place in Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Stockport, Hong Kong, Singapore.
Each exam costs £253 for members, and £298 for non-members.
Final FRCR Part A
The Final FRCR Part A is comprised of two single best answer papers, covering all aspects of clinical radiology and the basic sciences of physics and anatomy. The Royal College of Radiologists produces a Final FRCR Examination Purpose of Assessment document, which outlines the purpose of the exam, along with the required level of training. Each of the two Part A papers will
- last for three hours, and
- contain 120 questions.
To be eligible to sit the Final FRCR Part A, candidates must have passed both modules in the First FRCR, and accrued two years’ experience in a formal clinical radiology training post by the month in which they sit the exam.
The Part A examinations take place in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
The exam costs £340 for members, and £400 for non-members.
Final FRCR Part B
The Final FRCR Part B examines candidates’ knowledge of clinical radiology against the ST curriculum. The Royal College of Radiologists produces a Final FRCR Examination Purpose of Assessment document, which outlines the purpose of the exam, along with the required level of training. The Part B exam is comprised of
- a reporting session,
- a rapid reporting session, and
- an oral exam.
All of the exams are conducted through an imaging viewing session during a single examination period that occurs twice a year. Those who have completed the Final FRCR Part A, and have 34 months of experience in clinical radiology training, are eligible to sit the Part B. All UK trainees are guaranteed a place, with overseas students filling any remaining places.
The Part B examinations take place in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Stockport, and Glasgow.
The exam costs £474 for members, and £558 for non-members.