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

MRCPsych Paper B

MRCPsych Paper B - Critical review and the clinical topics in Psychiatry


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


The critical review component will make up one-third of the paper, with the remaining two-thirds covering clinical topics (of which approximately 30% will be General Adult Psychiatry).


Paper B will cover the following sections of the syllabus:


6) Organisation and Delivery of Psychiatric Services

7) General Adult Psychiatry

8) Old Age Psychiatry

9) Psychotherapy

10) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

11) Substance Misuse/Addictions

12) Forensic Psychiatry

13) Psychiatry of Learning Disability

14) Critical Review


The current syllabus can be found here


The current critical review syllabus can be found here


Interim arrangements:


  • Candidates holding a valid pass in Paper 3 do not need to sit paper B.


Sample Paper B Questions


For more information please see the changes to written papers FAQs

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

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