Accessibility Page Navigation
Style sheets must be enabled to view this page as it was intended.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Preparing for Paper A


MRCPsych Paper A is a written paper on the scientific and theoretical basis of Psychiatry.

 

Length of exam and question type

Paper A is a 3 hour exam worth 200 marks. It comprises approximately:

  • two-thirds multiple choice questions (MCQ) and

  • one-third extended matching item questions (EMI).

 

What does it cover?

Paper A covers the following sections of the syllabus:

  1. Behavioural Science and Sociocultural Psychiatry

  2. Human Development

  3. Basic Neurosciences

  4. Clinical Psychopharmacology

  5. Classification and Assessment in Psychiatry

 

Transitional arrangements

Candidates who hold a Paper 1 or Paper 2 pass are only required to sit Paper A(i) or Paper A(ii). These papers are 90 minute exams worth 100 marks.

Paper A (i) comprises of sections 1, 2 and 5 of the syllabus.

Paper A (ii) comprises sections 3 and 4.

Please refer to the regulations for transitional arrangements.

 

Further information

 

 

Login - Members Area

If you don't have an account please Click here to Register

Make a Donation