We have made good progress on plans for all our written examinations and we now have a confirmed schedule for the rest of 2020 and provisional dates for the first part of 2021. We are recommencing the written examinations from the last week of June 2020.
If you had been registered for a written examination due to take place in March or April 2020, you will receive an email from us by 30 May 2020 with specific arrangements for you.
As you can appreciate, the situation with COVID -19 is evolving and very challenging. We continue to make decisions in line with the latest advice from the Government and Department of Health in Ireland.
All our written examinations will be delivered by remote invigilation.
You sit the same examination (structure, format and length) online, but in a secure place of your choosing. Instead of travelling to an examination centre and sitting the computer-based examination with other candidates, you do the same test as originally planned, but at your own computer – e.g. at home or at work. Candidates are supervised remotely by invigilators throughout the examination.
You can read more about remote invigilation in our Frequently Asked Questions below.
As our clinical examinations are delivered in a hospital setting and require close contact with patients, there is a lot of complexity associated with delivering these examinations. All Colleges are facing challenges with holding clinical examinations in this pandemic. We will be guided by public health advice and will work closely with the clinical examination boards and others as to the best way they can safely proceed. We will have further updates update here on our Clinicals and OSCEs in due course so keep an eye on this web page. It is still our aspiration to offer those cancelled in July later this year.
We understand the anxiety caused by this disruption and uncertainty. If you are feeling stressed you will find advice and information on our website here.
Yes. We now have a confirmed schedule for the rest of this year and provisional dates for the first part of 2021. We are recommencing the written examinations from the last week of June 2020.
Clinical examinations that were due to take place May - June 2020 are not going ahead. We are unable to offer the clinical examinations in a hospital setting at this time. All Colleges are facing challenges with holding clinical examinations in this pandemic. We will be guided by public health advice and will work closely with the clinical exam boards and others as to the best way to proceed. We realise these are important examinations, but we need to deliver them in a way that is safe, and still maintain the standard and integrity of the examination process. We will have an update here on our Clinicals and OSCEs in due course. It is still our aspiration to offer these later this year – postponed offerings and offerings we had planned from July 2020 onwards in our previous calendar.
We now have a confirmed written examinations calendar for the rest of this year. Opening and closing dates for bookings will be posted by 29 May 2020 on the Calendar.
Our written examinations are delivered using computer-based testing (CBT). Each examination will be delivered fully for all candidates through Remote Invigilation.
Priority will be given to those who were impacted by the examinations being rescheduled. We hope to accommodate all candidates in our new schedule for examinations. If we can’t facilitate you on to the next offering, we will endeavour to get you on to the very next examination diet after that. In the event that we reach full examination capacity, priority will be given to trainees on our Training Programmes.
If your examination was postponed, we will try to accommodate you on the next available date. Places on the rescheduled remote examinations are limited. If we reach full examination capacity, priority places will be given to doctors on our Training programmes. If you are not offered a place on the upcoming examination we will endeavour to facilitate you on the examination after that.
In light of the evolving and fast-changing situation globally regarding COVID 19, unfortunately RCPI cannot be responsible for any expenses (such as travel, accommodation etc) incurred by a candidate in the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of an examination.
Our conferring ceremony on 9 April 2020 was cancelled and doctors were given an opportunity to be conferred in absentia at no extra cost.
Being conferred in absentia makes you a full Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and has no impact on your Membership status.
The next MRCPI conferring is scheduled for 23 July 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and Government restrictions on large gatherings, we are unable to confirm at present if this ceremony will take place. We would encourage you to choose to be conferred at the April 2020 ceremony in absentia.
We will organise a welcome event for our new Members who are conferred in absentia at a later date, to give them an opportunity to celebrate this important milestone and meet the President in the College's historic home on Kildare Street.
We advise you to be conferred in absentia in 2020. You will find information about our next conferring ceremony here: https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/conferring-ceremonies/
Doctors who are conferred in absentia are given a confirmation (holding) letter to say they have been conferred. We will provide the Medical Council with the names of those who have been conferred in absentia. Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will post your MRCPI diploma to you, at an address nominated by you, and you can provide to the Medical Council.
Doctors who are conferred in absentia will be given a confirmation (holding) letter to say they have been conferred. Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will post your MRCPI diploma to you, at an address nominated by you.
Yes. All doctors who are conferred in absentia, and who are in possession of the confirmation (holding) letter, will be full members of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and have all the rights associated with membership.
For updates on the situation in Ireland, we recommend checking the following websites
The best way to reach us during the COVID-19 pandemic is by email, as staff are working from home.
If you need to speak to someone dial +353 1 8639700 and press 1 for Exams. Phone lines are manned 09:00 - 17:00 GMT, Monday to Friday.