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MRCP Part 1

Part 1 is typically taken once the candidate has a year’s postgraduate experience, or between F1 and F2. The questions on the test are broadly indicative of the wide range of topics junior doctors are still covering at the early point in their careers. Candidates should attempt their MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examinations between one and two years of leaving medical school.

Structure and Competences

The MRCP(UK) Part 1 is comprised of two three-hour papers, completed on paper, each containing 100 MCQs in which candidates are asked to select the best option from five choices. The examination is blueprinted to the first level of the GIM curriculum, and Core Medical Training – testing a representative sample of medical knowledge and skill. Like the exams that follow it, the MRCP(UK) Part 1 is intended to match the expected progression of a Core Medical trainee.

Candidates should demonstrate skills in

Recognising a large range of presentations will also form part of the assessment. A full list may be found here.


There is a total of 200 marks across both papers in the MRCP(UK), with a maximum of one mark per question. There is no negative marking. The marks are then altered into an overall scaled score between zero and 999.

Questions are split across the following specialities, in order of question share:

Key Dates

Application dates are split into three annual application periods, and applicants must attend the date for which they registered. The current dates for upcoming Part 1 application periods are as follows.

ExamApplication PeriodExam DateUK FeesInternational FeesResults
2018/34 - 15 June 20184 September£419£5945 October
2019/18 - 21 October 20188 January 2019£419£5948 February
2019/24 - 17 February 20198 May£419£5947 June
2019/33 - 16 June3 September£419£5944 October

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