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Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written

Obstetrics and Gynecology.

About MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written

The MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written examination consists of one exam paper with 100 Single Best Answer questions.

You have three hours to complete the exam. 

Single Best Answer questions consist of a 'vignette' (clinical scenario) followed by five possible answers. You must select the single best answer.

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


Changes to this exam - Limited places

Places in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written examination are now limited.

You may not get a place in this exam when you first apply.

Priority access is given to doctors on our Basic Specialist Training programme. Priority is next was given to candidates with only one attempt left and candidates who have been rejected in the past. The remaining places are allocated in order of the date and time of each candidate’s online application.

Please read our statement

Remote Invigilation

From June 2020 onwards all of our written examinations will be delivered by remote invigilation instead of at a physical examination centre. 

Please find all the information about remote invigilation in this link https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/ 

Entry requirements

Before you can sit the MRCPI Part II Written you must have one of the following qualifications:

  • MRCPI Part I (General Medicine or Paediatrics) obtained within last six years
  • MRCOG Part I (exemption from MRCOG Part I is not accepted)
  • MRACOG (Australia)
  • MRNZCOG (New Zealand)
  • FCOG (SA)
  • FCPS (O and G) (Pakistan)
  • MMed (O and G) (Malaysia) - 2008 onwards only

We find that most exam candidates in Ireland prefer to focus on MRCOG Part I, as it relates to the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. We do not currently offer MRCPI Part I in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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. 12 attempts in total across the two Parts).

You must pass the Part II examination within six years of your first attempt.

Changes to Entry Criteria

From March 2022 candidates will require to have completed 18 months of post-registration training in recognised posts, nine months in Obstetrics and nine months in Gynaecology (or in combined posts). The posts must be recognised by the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at RCPI, at least six months in duration and completed by January before the March examination, or by August before the September examination.

What to include with your application

When you apply for this exam you will need to upload scanned copies of the following documents:

  • An attested copy of your primary medical degree
  • A recent colour passport-style photo (minimum resolution 100*100 pixels)
  • A copy of your Part I or equivalent qualification. For MRCOG Part I, you will need your official Part 1 Pass letter
  • A testimonial form signed by two referees (blank form available to download below)

Attested documents

Your primary medical degree and Part I or equivalent qualification can be attested by:

  • An Garda Siochana (Irish police force)
  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • A solicitor/ notary public/ lawyer
  • A Commissioner for oaths
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Official translations

Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by:

  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Testimonial form

When you apply online for this exam you will need to upload one testimonial form signed by two referees. You can download a blank testimonial form below.

Your referees must be fully qualified practitioners (e.g. a hospital consultant or GP) of at least five years' standing and actively engaged in the practice of medicine.

They must complete their details in full and sign the form.

Testimonial form

Please download a blank testimonial form and upload it completed as part of your online application.

Application fee

The fee to sit this exam is

  • €650 in Ireland
  • €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 of €450 under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme.

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 to sit your first exam. 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 Obstetrics and Gynaecology, as the MRCPI in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is based on this curriculum. It serves as a 'blueprint' for the exam.

You should also read the regulations document for this exam.

Curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

MRCPI Examinations Calendar 2021-2022

Updated 5 January 2022

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

Apply for this exam

Applications for March 2022 are now open. Due to the large volume of applications these will close now on Friday 21 January  at 10 am.

All of our written examinations are now delivered by remote invigilation instead of at a physical examination centre. Please find all the information about it in this link https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/remote-invigilation/ - Read carefully before applying.

IMPORTANT: Places in this examination are now limited, therefore you may not get a place in this exam when you first apply. You will not be asked to pay the exam fee upon first application, if you are succesful, you will receive an email after closing date for applications with a link for payment and confirmation of your place in the exam.

IMPORTANT: If you have applied for this diet, please allow at least two weeks after the closing date for applications to receive an update on the status of your application. 

MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Examination Regulations

Cancellation policy

Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy

Contact us

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