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Overview of MRCOG Part 1

  • August 21, 2019

To work at ST3+ level within Obstetrics and Gynaecology, you will need to obtain full MRCOG and a pass in IELTS or OET to evidence your English language skills. This will make you eligible for full GMC Registration.

MRCOG is an internationally respected gold standard quali­fication, by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The exam is a three-part assessment, the first two exams are written and the third exam is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination OSCE).

In today’s post, we provide you with an overview of MRCOG Part 1 and some useful revision resources to aid your studies.

If you want to be entered onto the UK Specialist Register, you will be permitted no more than 6 attempts at the MRCOG Part 1 exam. There will be no limit on your attempts if you do not want to get onto the Specialist Register.

Click here to book your MRCOG Part 1 exam.

How much does MRCOG Part 1 cost?

Fees are banded using the international membership subscription country bandings.

From 1 January 2018, the Royal College introduced an additional administration charge of £10 for those who do not pay their exam fees online. E.g. pay over the phone, by cheque or bank draft. If you pay online, you will not be charged an additional £10.



UK and Republic of Ireland


Band A


Band B


Band C


Click here to find out what band your country falls in.

Examination Format

MRCOG Part 1 is a written examination.

There are two exam papers, each consisting of 100 single best answer questions. Each paper counts for 50% of the mark. There is no minimum score required for each paper as the outcome is determined by your overall (combined) mark.

Paper 1

1.5 hours (150 minutes)

100 single best answer questions

Lunch Break

Paper 2

2.5 hours (150 minutes)

100 single best answer questions

Examination Syllabus

MRCOG Part 1 covers the basic and applied sciences relevant to the clinic practice of Obs and Gynae. You will be tested on your clinical skills, information technology, clinical governance and research, core surgical skills, postoperative care, surgical procedures, antenatal care, maternal medicine, management of labour, management of delivery, postpartum problems, gynaecological problems, subfertility, sexual and reproductive health, early pregnancy care, gynaecological oncology, urogynaecology and pelvic floor problems

Click here for a full blue print.

Where can I sit MRCOG Part 1?

London, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow, Bangladesh, Cairo, Hong Kong, Kolkata, Mumbai, Indonesia, Jordan, Karachi, Malaysia, Riyadh, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Dubai, Jamaica.

If you have any questions about exactly where the test centre is, contact the Royal College here - [email protected] or call us on +44 20 7772 6210.

Revision Resources

MRCOG Part 1

MRCOG Part 1: Your Essential Revision Guide

Revision Notes for the MRCOG Part 1

MRCOG Part 1, 400 SBA

Question Bank

Multiple Choice Questions for MRCOG Part 1

Royal College Question Bank

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Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. (2019). Part 1 MRCOG: format. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Aug. 2019].

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. (2019). Part 1 MRCOG: syllabus. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Aug. 2019].

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. (2019). Part 1 MRCOG: revision resources. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Aug. 2019].


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