Written exams update: 25 January 2021

25 Jan 2021

Part 1

The contingency exam, for candidates whose centre place was cancelled and any candidates who experienced technical issues with the remote online exam, will take place on 30 March 2021. This will run entirely online, and affected candidates will have been enrolled into it automatically.

Part 2

As a consequence of the pandemic and UK-wide lockdown restrictions, the decision has been taken to run the 2021/1 diet of the MRCP(UK) Part 2 written examination on 23 March 2021 completely online for candidates who intend to sit in the UK and those candidates in a select number of countries who need to sit the examination for their career progression. Candidates from the Republic of Ireland who had intended to sit the exam in Northern Ireland will also be able to apply to sit the examination online.

Any UK or international candidate who is unable to sit the online examination because they need a reasonable adjustment, should get in contact here.

The Part 2 examination will continue to run in physical centres in all other countries as planned.

Specialty Certificate Exams / European Specialty Exams

All SCE / ESE exams for 2021 are currently planned to run as scheduled, in Pearson Vue centres; details for each specialty can be found here. UK application periods have been shorted and are now four weeks rather than eight.

This includes the forthcoming exams in nephrology and in geriatric medicine, both of which are scheduled for 17 February 2021. Any candidate who has already registered for this exam but who is now unable to take it on that date for whatever reason, for example due to clinical pressures at their hospital or need to isolate, will be able to take the contingency exam which will take place 2-3 months later (dates to be announced soon).

Contingency exams for all SCEs / ESEs are being arranged, and dates will also be put on the website for each specialty as they are finalised

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We welcome feedback. If you have specific queries relating to your exam day please contact the exams office at your College of entry.

For other general queries or suggestions please email Policy.Officer@mrcpuk.org