What is the Annual Membership Fee after passing MRCS?

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(Membership Fees after MRCS)

So, you want to appear and pass the MRCS exam. The usual belief is that after passing both MRCS Part A and Part B you will get your MRCS degree and you will start using the MRCS post nominal behind your name. But there is a small catch, which most of are not aware of, it’s the annual membership fees. Unlike degrees in India, which do not require as to pay any sort of membership fees once you pass the exams, this can come as a surprise. First you pay money to appear in the exam (may take more than one attempt) and then you need to pay an annual fee just to use the post nominals. So, unless you are damn clear of your purpose of getting a MRCS, it can be a bit heavy on pocket.

What is the reason for having Annual Membership Fees after MRCS?

The subscription fee is a feature of most of membership and fellowship exams that allows a Fellow or Member to use the post-nominal letters (e.g. FRCS, MRCS) after his or her name.  In addition, payment of the annual subscription allows Fellows and Members access to a range of membership services (click here to read).

All the royal colleges have different amount which they charge as an annual membership fee, usually it is in the range of 100-200 pounds for overseas members. All the royal colleges have specified dates on which this annual subscription fees must be paid, for example for RCS Edinburgh, it runs for the calendar year starting 1st January. The subscription is due to be paid by 31st January. Payments received between 1st February and 31st March are subject to a late payment administrative fee, and non-payment by 1st April results in removal from the list of Fellows and Members and prohibition of the use of post-nominal letters.

Here are links to pages which mention the annual membership fee in different Royal Colleges

  1. RCS Edinburgh
  2. RCS England
  3. RCS Glasgow
  4. RCS Ireland

Following are the annual subscription rates for MRCS in different Royal Colleges (2021) for international candidates:

150 pounds/year at the Royal College, Edinburgh.

139 pounds/year at the Royal College, England.

184 pounds/year at the Royal College, Glasgow.

100 pounds/year at the Royal College, Ireland.

Did you know about this annual subscription fees after clearing MRCS?

What do you think about getting a MRCS post nominal when you are going to stay in India, is it worth it if you have to pay a subscription fee for rest of your professional life just to keep this post nominal?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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