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
- clinical examination,
- therapeutics and safe prescribing,
- time management and decision making,
- decision making and clinical reasoning,
- the patient as central focus of care,
- infection control,
- managing long term conditions and promoting patient self-care,
- relationships with patients and communication within a consultation,
- breaking bad news,
- complaints and medical error,
- communication with colleagues and cooperation,
- health promotion and public health,
- principles of medical ethics and confidentiality, and
- valid consent.
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:
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.
|Exam||Application Period||Exam Date||UK Fees||International Fees||Results
|2018/3||4 - 15 June 2018||4 September||£419||£594||5 October
|2019/1||8 - 21 October 2018||8 January 2019||£419||£594||8 February
|2019/2||4 - 17 February 2019||8 May||£419||£594||7 June
|2019/3||3 - 16 June||3 September||£419||£594||4 October