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A wide range of examinations/qualifications for medical professionals are offered. The British Council Pakistan can conduct the exams listed below.

We run an on demand service for these exams. As a candidate you must first register with your university or institution of choice, organise your exam and then get in touch with us. We will host the exam on behalf of the institution.

If that is not clear, or you need assistance, please contact us.

Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB)

What is the PLAB test? 

  • The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test is taken by medical graduates who have qualified outside of the UK to show they have the necessary knowledge and skills to practise medicine in the UK.The PLAB test is the main route to full registration with a licence to practise for international medical graduates. The test consists of two parts.
  • Part 1 is made up of 180 single best answer questions.
  • Part 2 is a practical assessment or objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). 

Where and when can I take the PLAB test?

The General Medical Council’s (GMC) website tells you where and when you can take the PLAB test.   The test is changing from September 2016 and will be more rigorous and reflective of doctors’ real life practice. The GMC’s website has the latest information about how to prepare for either part of the test, the limit on the number of attempts you can have and the time limit in which you need to apply for a licence to practise in the UK.

What is expected of a doctor in the UK?

Find out about the standards that all doctors in the UK are expected to meet published the GMC’s core guidance Good medical practice.

Member of Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (MRCOG)

The Membership examination is intended for those who wish to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology, and is a two-part examination: Part 1 MRCOG is a written examination in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to obstetrics and gynaecology. It can be taken at any time after medical graduation, although it is a requirement for specialty trainees who are progressing from ST2 to ST3.

Part 2 MRCOG can be sat once the Part 1 examination has been successfully completed. It is a requirement for specialty trainees in order to progress from ST5 to ST6, and it is necessary for prospective candidates to have their training assessed prior to entry into the examination.

If you require any further information which is not available on website, please email the Examination Department at: examsadmin@rcog.org.uk or telephone: +44 (0)20 7772 6210.

Member of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP UK)

What is MRCP(UK)? 

MRCP(UK) offers the following postgraduate medical qualifications for doctors who are preparing for higher specialist training on behalf of  the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians of London 

  • MRCP(UK) Diploma
  • 12 Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs 

The MRCP(UK) examinations play an essential role in the overall educational experience and continuing professional development of physicians in the UK and internationally. 

The Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) Diploma is required for physicians wishing to undergo training in a medically-related specialty in the UK. 

The Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs) are an opportunity to measure your knowledge against an internationally recognised benchmark, which represents the breadth and depth of knowledge required of a newly qualified specialist in your chosen discipline. These are a requirement in the UK for specialist physicians.

What do MRCP(UK) examinations involve?  

The MRCP(UK) Diploma tests the skills, knowledge and behaviour of doctors in training. It involves three examinations: 

  • Part 1 consists of two three-hour multiple-choice question papers covering knowledge and understanding of the clinical sciences
  • Part 2 Written consists of three three-hour multiple-choice question papers covering diagnosis, investigation, management and prognosis of patients
  • Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) involves a series of five clinical stations, each assessed by two independent examiners 

In the UK, the MRCP(UK) Diploma is usually taken during the two-year period of general professional training (GPT) in medicine after you have registered with the UK General Medical Council. 

The SCEs consists of 2 three-hour multiple-choice question papers delivered through computer-based testing throughout the world. Please visit the MRCP(UK) website for a list of specialties and further details. 

Why should I take MRCP(UK) examinations?

The MRCP(UK) is recognised as an entry qualification into higher specialist training for doctors wishing to become specialist registrars. 

How can I register? 

You need to apply online at the MRCP(UK) website. To find out how, visit MRCP(UK)’s Online Examination Services web page.

When are the exams and how much do they cost? 

For dates & examinations fees, please visit MRCP(UK) website: 

Do you organise examinations for people with disabilities?

We do our best to cater for any reasonable adjustments on the exam day.

Any candidate who has a physical disability, specific learning disability, long term medical condition or any other special need that they believe could affect their performance in an examination may be entitled to reasonable adjustments. All such candidates should inform the MRCP(UK) of this at the time of each application, by indicating this in the ‘special arrangements’ area of the application form, whereupon they will be contacted by the relevant MRCP(UK) office.

Member of Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP [INT] - South Asia)

MRCGP [INT] stands for 'Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners [International]'. This is a separate grade of membership available by examination only, for doctors who pass an MRCGP [INT]-accredited examination outside the UK. International Membership is available for family medicine doctors in a number of locations throughout the world.

MRCGP – South Asia examination is offered by the South Asia Board, and preference is given to family doctors across South Asia, as well as expatriate South Asian doctors working in neighbouring countries who intend to return to work in the South Asia region. This exam is not appropriate for other regions.

Member of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS.ED, FRCS.ED, MFDS-RCS.ED)

In 1505, the incorporation of the Barber-Surgeons of Edinburgh came into being with the granting of its Seal of Cause by the Town Council of Edinburgh (See "History of the College"). Since then, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of the highest standards of surgical practice, through its keen interest in education, training and rigorous examination and through its liaison with external medical bodies.

The College deals with the following qualifications:

Intercollegiate MRCS Part A Examinations

The Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery
Faculty of Dental Surgery

The Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a long established assessment which was revised and updated in 2007, in order to allow dental surgeons to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge, understand and clinical competence during the first two years of their Foundation Training.

It marks a level of achievement above and beyond the primary dental qualification and demonstrates an early commitment to professional development.

For those aspiring to enter specialist training, it will also provide a significant contribution to the portfolio of evidence which would be required to demonstrate suitable eligibility.

For further information please visit the RCSEd website or contact mfds.exams@rcsed.ac.uk

Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF)

What is the MJDF?

Run by the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, the MJDF is the UK’s most popular postgraduate dental examination with over 1,800 people taking the MJDF examination in 2014.

With the letters MJDF after your name, you are able to demonstrate that you have passed an internationally recognised examination of your competence in practice.

Why should you take the MJDF? 

The MJDF is the only examination of its type that recognises that the vast majority of dentistry takes place in the primary care setting, and examines you on the skills and knowledge you actually use in practice. Some skills that bridge the divide between primary and secondary care are also tested, making the MJDF a good stepping stone towards specialism. Wherever your career takes you, the MJDF is a relevant test of your skills and knowledge.

What is the structure of the MJDF

In order to pass the MJDF you must sit and pass two separate examinations; the Part 1 and Part 2 exams.

MJDF Part 1

The Part 1 examination consists of 150 multiple choice questions designed to assess your knowledge and applied knowledge. The Part 1 examination is a single paper of 3 hours’ duration.

MJDF Part 2

The Part 2 examination is a test of your professional skills and knowledge in a more practical environment. The exam comprises 14 stations of which 11 are examined and 3 are preparatory stations. The Part 2 exam is approximately 3 hours in duration.

You will not be examined on anything that is outside of the scope of day to day general dental practice.

Two Faculties for less than the price of one

The MJDF is run by The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). Upon successfully passing the MJDF you can choose to become a member of the RCS and its two dental Faculties. That means, you get dedicated support on primary care dentistry from the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and support on entering and practising in secondary care from the Faculty of Dental Surgery.

No other Royal College offers a package of support to rival that provided by the dental faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons.

For more information

Visit the MJDF website: www.mjdf.org.uk

To apply online visit: www.rcseng.ac.uk/exams/apply-online

Email the Royal College of Surgeons: mjdf@rcseng.ac.uk

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