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FRCPath exam

  • The College sets the standard for the postgraduate pathology examinations in the UK.
    • Has a number of Part 1 overseas examination centres to meet the demand from international medical graduates who aspire to become Fellows of the College.
  • The College develops and delivers the FRCPath, Diploma and Certificate examinations which are offered across 17 pathology specialties, relying on the ongoing support of our Fellows.

FRCPath exam format

  • FRCPath part 1
    • FRCPathpart 1 takes the form of two 3-hour long (more academically focussed) exams taken on the same day.
      • As a student undertaking the exams you’ll not only want to be prepared for the entire curriculum but also the structure of the exam questions.
      • The first is an essay exam comprising of  questions as per the modules
      • The second is a multiple choice question (MCQ) exam containing 50 questions offering five different answers and 75 questions under an ‘extended matching’ (EMQ) format.
  • FRCPath part 2
    • The final stage of the FRCPath process is the oral examination on the final day of the part two.
    • Structured as two back to back 30 minute examinations with two pairs of examiners.
      • The  last stage is predominately focussed on assessing your communication, ability to troubleshoot problems and provide good clinical judgements.
  • Upon completing and passing part two, you have demonstrated your competence and been awarded an FRCPath.

FRCPath exams by specialty

  • The College offers examinations across 20 pathology specialties. Information about each of these specialties and the content and format of the examinations is available on these pages.
    • Candidates should note that this information is intended as guidance only and must also read and agree to the general and specialty specific Regulations and Guidelines before applying for an examination.
  • Click here for the complete details of Examinations by Specialty

FRCPath exam dates

FRCPath overseas exam

  • FRCPath International exam centres: The FRCPath examinations are open to overseas candidates and the College has several overseas examination centres. Diploma and Part I written exams (including MCQs and EMQs) can be arranged in the following areas:
    1. Cairo (Egypt)
    2. Dubai (UAE) has FRCPath Part II Haematology exam only
    3. Hong Kong
    4. Irbil (Iraq)
    5. Irbid (Jordan) has FRCPath Part II Histopathology exam only
    6. Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    7. Khartoum (Sudan)
    8. Kuwait
    9. Delhi (India)
    10. Rawalpindi (Pakistan)
    11. Singapore
  • Please note that the Diploma practical, Part 1 Practical, Part 1 Oral and Part 2 exams (with the exception of Histopathology and Haematology) can only be sat in the UK.
  • All information about the examinations is available on the examinations section of the website.
  • Further guidance can be found on our FAQ page.

Status of the FRCPath

  • The College is aware that there is some confusion about the equivalence of qualifications awarded in different countries.
    • Each country has evolved its own training schemes and methods of assessment of those who have undergone that training.
    • Please visit the examinations section for more information on the status of the FRCPath.

Important FRCPath exam-related links

Also Watch :

  1. The Royal College of Pathologists Youtube channel
  2. FRCPath HistoPathology from the Youtube channel “BDI Resourcing”

Also read:

  1. Virtual Pathology at the University of Leeds



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