General Medicine Part II Written

About MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written

The MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written exam consists of two papers, each containing 75 Single Best Answer questions about the diagnosis and management of patients.

The vignettes (clinical scenarios) in Part II questions are generally longer and more descriptive than in the Part I examination. Interpretation of investigation and quick data analysis are required. There are no basic science questions.

The exam lasts five hours in total; each paper is 2.5 hours long. There is a two-hour break between papers (applicable for remote invigilation). You are not required to pass both papers individually.

There is no negative marking and each question is equally weighted so we advise you to attempt all questions.

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GM Part II Written is now held online, via remote invigilation. Candidates may sit the exam anywhere in the world, provided they have a reliable internet connection.  Click here for more details https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/.

Entry requirements for Part II Written

You must have passed MRCPI General Medicine Part I or MRCPI Paediatrics Part I within the last six years. If this six-year period has expired, you must re-sit MCRPI Part I

If you have one of the qualifications listed below, you are exempt from MRCPI General Medicine Part I, which means you can apply to the Part II Written exam now. As part of the application process you will be asked to upload an attested copy of your equivalent qualification(s).

  • MRCP UK (full membership)
  • MRCPath
  • MRCPCH
  • MRACP
  • FRCP(C)
  • FCP(SA)
  • Arab Boards in General/Internal Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Saudi Boards in General/Internal Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Omani Specialty Boards in General Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Kuwait Boards of Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MRCPsych
  • FCPS in Medicine and Paediatrics (Pakistan)
  • The American Boards in General (Internal) Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MMed (Malaysia)

From January 2019 the maximum number of times a candidate can sit any Part of an MRCPI examination will be limited to six attempts.

This will mean that you have six attempts at each component of the MRCPI exams (i.e. 18 attempts in total across the three Parts).

Application fee

The fee to sit Part II Written is €650 in Ireland, or €710 if you are taking the exam outside Ireland. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.

Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme.

Are you exempt from Part II Written?

If you hold FRACP you can apply for exemption from MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written.

If you require a visa

If you require a visa to sit an exam, it is your responsibility to ensure the visa application is made in sufficient time before the examination date. We have no role in granting or refusing visas. A refund will not be given if you are unable to attend the examination as a result of a visa-related problem.

How to prepare

It's important to prepare for MRCPI exams and not to underestimate how long it takes to get ready. Having an understanding of how each exam is formatted and how questions are constructed will help you prepare and develop good answering strategies. 

When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine, as the MRCPI in General Medicine is based on this curriculum. It serves as a 'blueprint' for the exam.

You should also read the regulations document for this exam, also available below.

MRCPI GM Examinations Calendar 2020-2021

This calendar includes opening/closing dates for all 2020/2021 examinations. TBC dates will be updated later in the year.

MRCPI GM Examinations Calendar 2021-2022

This calendar includes opening/closing dates for all 2021/2022 examinations. TBC dates will be updated later in the year.

Curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine

MRCPI General Medicine examination regulations

This document contains more detailed information about the exam, the questions to expect, recheck procedure and appeals policy.

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The applications for MRCPI GM Part II Written examination on 20 October 2021 are now closed. Please note that:

  • Verifications are completed up to two weeks after the closing date for applications (which was 15 September 2021, 5pm Irish time)
  • Although our exam provider has increased the capacity, we might need to prioritize if the number of applications exceeds the number of places.
  • GM Part II Written is now held online, via remote invigilation. Candidates may sit the exam anywhere in the world, provided they have a reliable internet connection. Click here for more details: https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/.
  • Results are sent via email after 3 weeks from the exam date.

Next GM Part II sitting is held on 24 March 2022 via remote invigilation. The application links will appear on this page - opening date for the applications is 10am Irish time on 2 December 2021 and the closing date is 5pm Irish time on 17 February 2022. 

Recheck form and Appeals

Before requesting a recheck or an appeal, read our GM Examination Regulations above (section 11.1 "Recheck procedure and Appeals policy"). To get a recheck form, please email helpdesk@rcpi.ie.

Cancellation policy

Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy.

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