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Overview of FRCPath Medical Microbiology

  • May 10, 2019

Medical Microbiology

The purpose of FRCPath Medical Microbiology is to test a doctor’s core knowledge in Medical Microbiology and, in particular, the scientific basis of microbiology and infection.

There are two parts the qualification:

1. Medical Microbiology Part 1 - £880 (overseas fee)

2. Medical Microbiology Part 2 - £1361

Where can I sit FRCPath Medical Microbiology?

  • Cairo (Egypt)
  • Hong Kong
  • Irbil (Iraq)
  • Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
  • Khartoum (Sudan)
  • Kuwait
  • Delhi (India)
  • Rawalpindi (Pakistan)
  • Singapore

Part 1

Examination Format

This exam is presented in a multiple-choice format and you will be tested with 125 single-best-answer questions, designed to test both your knowledge and understanding. The exam duration is three hours and you will complete your exam on a computer.

Your core knowledge will be tested in medical microbiology/virology and the scientific basis of virology/microbiology and infection.


The examination will test core knowledge in medical microbiology/virology and in particular the scientific basis of virology/microbiology and infection. The medical microbiology and virology curriculum is available on the Training and Education section of the College website.

Please click here to access the full curriculum.

Part 2

Examination Format

The exam will be held over the course of two days. Typically, you will sit Papers 1 and 2 on the first day and Papers 3 and 4 on the second days, however, not all papers are taken in a chronological order.

Each paper carries equal weight – to achieve an overall pass for the FRCPath Part 2 Examination in Medical Microbiology, you must achieve a pass in the combined score for Papers 1 and 2 AND the combined score for Papers 3 and 4.

Please click here to access the full curriculum.

Useful Revision Resources


Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 6e

Medical Microbiology E-Book: With Student Consultant Online Access, Greenwood

Immunology E-Book: With Student Consultant Online Access, Roitt

Infectious Diseases, 4e, Cohen

Practice Papers

Medical Microbiology Sample Paper 1

Medical Microbiology Sample Paper 2

Question Bank

Micro Registrar


Virtual Pathology, Leeds University

Relocation to the UK

If you are an international Medical Microbiologist and you want to relocate to the UK and join the NHS, email your CV to [email protected] and we will be happy to support you through your relocation journey.

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Join our online community! We share regular relocation blog posts, you can ask questions and receive professional guidance and get the chance to meet other IMGs.

References (2019). Medical Microbiology. ] Available at: [Accessed 10 May 2019].


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