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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

MRCPsych Paper A

MRCPsych Paper A - The Scientific and theoretical basis of Psychiatry

Paper A will be three hours long, containing 200 marks. The paper will comprise of approximately two-thirds MCQs and one-third EMIs.

 

For an interim period, Paper A will be held in two halves of 90 minutes and 100 marks each. Each half will maintain the two-thirds/one-third MCQ/EMI split.

 

Paper A(i) will cover the following sections of the syllabus:

 

1) Behavioural Science and Sociocultural Psychiatry

2) Human Development

5) Classification and Assessment in Psychiatry

 

Paper A(ii) will cover the following sections of the syllabus:

 

3) Basic Neurosciences

4) Clinical Psychopharmacology

 

The current syllabus can be found here

 

Interim arrangements:

 

·         Candidates holding a valid pass in Paper 1 will need to sit Paper A(ii)

·         Candidates holding a valid pass in Paper 2 will need to sit Paper A(i)

·         Candidates holding a valid pass in Papers 1 and 2 will not need to sit Paper A

·         All other candidates will need to sit both parts of Paper A

 

For more information please see the changes to written papers FAQs

This breakdown is intended as a general guide to the content of Paper A and is subject to change.

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