Advantages and Disadvantages of doing MRCS

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Here at World Surgery Forum (Contact Us and World Surgery Forum Facebook Page), we get lots of queries  regarding the advantages and disadvantages of doing MRCS and whether it is worth investing money in appearing for MRCS.

Some of the advantages have been mentioned on website of Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow. Listing them down below:


  • Internationally recognised postnominals
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Eligibility to join committees
  • Examiner opportunities (UK and International)
  • Verifications for Employment
  • Senior Fellows Club

Education, Training and Professional Development

  • Discounted rates on CPD accredited clinical and non-clinical skills courses
  • Discounted rates at educational symposia and events
  • Access to College scholarships and awards
  • Access to ePortfolios
  • Access to mentorship Programme
  • 15% discount at
  • Up to 20% discount on UpToDate Subscription
  • Membership of the College Library providing lending and reference service and research and study guidance
  • Free inter-library loans and one to one library support sourcing key documents
  • Athens password providing access to password protected content from 6000 full text journals (e.g. BMJ and Lancet), 80 databases, 5000 electronic books and mobile apps
  • Access to a space and resources in libraries in the UK and Ireland (SCONUL)
  • College News
  • Daily Media Update
  • International Weekly Media Update

Financial and Lifestyle

  • Direct access to an Advocate or QC via the Faculty of Advocates
  • Discounts on subscription fees e.g. parental leave and less than full time employment
  • Payment options for subscriptions including monthly direct debit at no extra cost
  • Option of combining JCST fees into monthly payment plan
  • Tax relief on subscription fees for UK tax payers
  • 50% discount on room hire and free corkage with Fifteen Ninety Nine
  • Discounted rates with partner hotels and commercial outlets including Hilton Worldwide.
  • Discounted rates on products and services with Lifestyle Rewards.

Many of the above advantages are irrelevant for a foreign medical graduate. Below we are listing down few apparent advantages and disadvantages of doing MRCS which are more relevant to a FMG.


Earning MRCS entitles you to add an MRCS (Edinburgh/Glasgow/England/Ireland) to your post nominals along with MS/MBBS.

It is internationally recognized and passing this exams gives an indication to your patients and employers about quality and level of your  basic surgical knowledge and communication skills.

MRCS Membership fee is high, it is charged on annual basis even after passing the exam. But getting some foreign degree like mrcs will open gates to many foreign countries for surgeons. As indian MS is not recognised in most of the foreign countries better get mrcs and just wait for a good opportunity to work in other countries for few years. Without this degree I think we dont have many options outside.

After clearing MRCS along with IELTS you are eligible to apply for GMC (UK) registration.

Gives you an edge over other candidates if you are planning a migration to other countries

    • UK (possible but very difficult to get a into a training post)
    • Singapore
    • Middle East countries
    • Australia
    • Canada

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MRCS is not a specialist qualification.

You cannot practice surgery after doing just MRCS after MBBS.

In the UK it just means that you are qualified to enter surgical specialist training. Its like clearing NEET PG of India.

Even after getting a MRCS and GMC registration, it is possible but very difficult to get a into a training post in the UK.

Passing rate is usually between 60-70%. So you might have to give more than one attempts.

It is quite an expensive exam by Indian standards.

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