MRCP Part 2
Once doctors have passed the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examinations, they are eligible to attempt the Part 2 Written Examination. Candidates can attempt the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written Examination within the first three years of graduation.
Structure and Competences
The MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written examination will consist of two three-hour papers each with 100 best-of-five multiple-choice questions. The fee for the Part 2 written examination will remain the same as that for the Part 1 written examination. The Part 2 examination also features images, unlike Part 1.
There are 200 questions over the following speciality groups:
- Cardiology (19),
- Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine (19),
- Infectious Diseases and GUM (19),
- Nephrology (19),
- Respiratory Medicine (19),
- Gastroenterology (19),
- Therapeutics and toxicology (18),
- Neurology (17),
- Dermatology (9),
- Geriatric Medicine (9),
- Haematology (9),
- Oncology and Palliative Medicine (9),
- Rheumatology (9),
- Ophthalmology (3), and
- Psychiatry (3).
The questions will usually have a clinical scenario, may include the results of investigations and may be illustrated with images such as clinical photographs, pathology slides, inheritance trees, ECGs, X-rays, CT and MR scans, and echocardiograms.
Questions are asked about the diagnosis, investigation, management, and prognosis of patients using multiple choice questions in ‘best of five’ format. Each correct answer is awarded one mark; there is no negative marking.
The results of each examination are benchmarked using a process of test equating which ensures that the pass mark is adjusted for the difficulty of the paper and the ability range of the candidates. The reliability of every examination is monitored, and provides assurance that the results identify those candidates who have achieved the required standard.
The examination will test the ability to apply clinical understanding, make clinical judgements, and take responsibility for
- prioritising diagnostic or problem lists,
- planning investigation,
- selecting a plan for immediate management,
- selecting a plan for long-term management, and
- assessing prognosis.
There are 200 available marks on the paper, which are altered into a scaled score of between zero and 999, for a pass mark of 454. The marks are calculated by a process called equating, which accounts for the varying difficulty levels within the exam. The MRCP(UK) Part 2 Written is also a very reliable exam, due in no small part to the sheer amount of questions.
The next application period for the MRCP Part 2 begins on the 20th August 2018. Further information can be found in the table below.
|Exam||Application Period||Exam Date||UK Fees||International Fees||Results
|2018/3||20-31 August 2018||24 October ||£419||£594||23 November
|2019/1||7-20 January 2019||26 March ||£419||£594||26 April
|2019/2||15-28 April 2019||2 July||£419||£594||2 August
|2019/3||19 August - 1 September 2019||22 October||£419||£594||22 November