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Paediatrics Part II Written

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About the MRCPI Paediatrics Part II Written exam

A new MRCPI Paediatrics Part II Written exam format is being introduced in October 2019. 

The examination replacing the essay paper now consists of one SBA paper (Paper 1) .  There is no change to the format of the SAQ paper (paper 2)

Each paper is 2.5 hours long with an hour break in between. From October 2019 the examination will be conducted via computer based testing.

The questions in this paper test advanced knowledge, problem solving and management of emergency situations in General Paediatrics with an increased focus on specialist areas. 

It is expected that potential Part II Written candidates will gain a further 6 – 12 months clinical experience after successful completion of the Part I written examination.

The aim of the written examinations is to sample the broad breadth of knowledge that would be expected of a doctor starting in a general paediatrics registrar post.

You must achieve a pass in both papers to pass the exam.

The examination is aligned to the BST Paediatrics curriculum (see link to document below).

COVID-19 Impact : 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/ 

MRCPI Examinations Calendar 2020-2021

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

MRCPI in Paediatrics Examination Content Outline

Please see here for updated blueprint

Curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics

Entry requirements for Part II Written

You must have passed MRCPI Paediatrics Part I or MRCPI General Medicine Part I within the last six years.

If this six-year period has expired, you must re-sit MRCPI Part I.

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

  • MRCP(UK)
  • MRCPath
  • FRCP(C)
  • FCP(SA)
  • Arab Boards in Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Saudi Boards in Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Kuwait Boards of Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Omani Medical Specialty Boards in Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MRCPsych
  • FCP&S in Medicine and Paediatrics (Pakistan)
  • The American Boards in General (Internal) Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MMed (Malaysia)

Application fee

The fee to sit Part I is €630 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 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. 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 Paediatrics, as the MRCPI in Paediatrics is based on this curriculum. It serves as a 'blueprint' for the exam.

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

MRCPI Paediatrics Exam Regulations

This document contains more detailed information about the exam and the questions to expect - Please note, this document has not yet been updated to reflect the new format of the Part II Written exam.

Apply for this exam

The next MRCPI Part II Written Exam will take place on 26 August 2021, applications will open in early May.


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 here. Read carefully before applying.

Cancellation policy

Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy

Contact us

We have a dedicated examinations support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are there to guide you through your full exam journey, from application to MRCPI conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.

Examinations Department

Our Examinations Department is happy to talk to you about applying to any of our postgraduate examinations. Please note, at present the fastest way to contact this department is via email.