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

MRCPsych Paper 1

Written Paper Centres in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong

 

The MRCPsych Paper 1 will be 3 hours long, containing 200 marks. The paper will include both ‘best answer 1 of 5’ style MCQs and EMIs.  Approximately one third of the paper will be the EMI component.

The content of the MRCPsych Paper 1 Written Paper will be the following:

  • General Adult
  • History and mental state examination
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Neurological examination
  • Assessment
  • Aetiology
  • Diagnosis
  • Classification
  • Basic Psychopharmacology
  • Basic psychological processes
  • Human psychological development
  • Social psychology
  • Description and measurement
  • Basic psychological treatments
  • Prevention of psychiatric disorder
  • Descriptive psychopathology
  • Dynamic psychopathology
  • History of psychiatry
  • Basic ethics and philosophy of psychiatry
  • Stigma and culture

Breakdown of Paper 1

Content                                               

No. of Questions

History and Mental State

12

Descriptive Psychopathology

24

Cognitive Assessment

10

Neurological Examination

10

Assessment

16

Description and Measurement

 6

Diagnosis

12

Classification

 8

Aetiology

12

Prevention of Psychological Disorder

 6

Basic Psychopharmacology

14

Human Psychological Development

 8

Social Psychology

 4

Basic Psychological Processes

14

Dynamic Psychopathology

12

Basic Psychological Treatments

 8

History of Psychiatry

 8

Basic Ethics and Philosophy of Psychiatry

 8

Stigma and Culture

 8

This breakdown is intended as a general guide to the content of Paper 1 and is subject to change.

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