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MRCGP [INT] examination

The MRCGP [INT] is world renowned and recognised postgraduate medical diploma which is conducted by the RCGP. It is designed for who reside outside the UK. Previously many doctors have shown an interest in sitting the UK based MRCGP examinations (including the CSA and AKT). However, these examinations have been tailored towards UK patients and pathways and as a result non-UK based doctors would have to overcome additional, occasionally, unsurmountable hurdles in order to pass them. As a result a new examination called the MRCGP [INT] was born, an internationally recognised postgraduate diploma for family medicine (family consultants) that was equal in status to hospital-basd speciality qualifications. They are equally robust to their UK equivalent but permit some degree of flexibility to recognise local variation of clinical practice, nuances to culture and language found in different countries. The creation of the MRCGP [INT] has permitted the standardisation of care for primary care / family medicine.

After successfully completing the year long course after getting your MRCGP international exam results, candidates are awarded the RCGP accredited MRCGP [INT] award along with a local qualification which are considered on the same professional standard as the UK MRCGP exams. 

MRCGP international modular transfer

One must take into account that the MRCGP [INT] has been designed for their location and may not be relevant for practice outside that area or country. Individual modules or assessments are not transferrable from one accredited examination to another centre. 

MRCGP international eligibility

MRCGP [INT] international exam eligibility vary from centre and country. In principle, the MRCGP International requires:
- 5 years of general practice experience post MBBS or
- 1 year of internship and 3 years training in family medicine (DNB) or 
- 4 years experience with 1 year within structured training within family medicine or
- 5 years of experience post full registration with 2 years in family medicine

Below we have included the application from for Dubai

MRCGP [INT] international exam dates 2014-2015

MRCGP [INT] international dates vary from centre to centre and country to country. Below we have included the dates for the upcoming Dubai and South Asia MRCGP exams

MRCGP International Dubai
Dubai MRCGP Exam Dates Spring 2014

 Application opensSunday 9th February 2014
 Application closesThursday 13th March 2014 
 Written paper Wednesday 23th April 2014
 Multiple choice paperThursday 24th April 2014
 CCSA examinationSaturday 26th April 2014

Dubai MRCGP Exam Dates Autumn 2014

 Application opensSunday 24th August 2014
 Application closesThursday 26th September 2014 
 Written paper Wednesday 5th November 2014
 Multiple choice paperThursday 6th November 2014
 CCSA examinationSaturday 8th November 2014

MRCGP International South Asia
South Asia MRCGP Exam Dates Autumn 2014
Colombo, Sri Lanka

 Application opens1st July 2014
 Application closes1st August 2014 
 Part 2 Clinical OSCE/CSA exam15th - 19th September 2014

South Asia MRCGP Exam Dates Autumn 2014
Chennai, Colombo, Dhaka, Jeddah, Karachi, Kolkata, Lahore

 Application opens19th September 2014
 Application closes20th October 2014 
 Part 1 AKT examination26th November 2014

MRCGP [INT] international AKT sample questions

The MRCGP [INT] international AKT exam is structured similarly to the UK equivalent with questions pooled from similar sources i.e. NICE and SIGN guidelines. Below are some sample questions for the MRCGP [INT] examination  

MRCGP [INT] international results

MRCGP [INT] international results may be emailed to you or posted on the MRCGP [INT] website. Below are the results from the 2014 MRCGP international exams for South Asia

Can having the MRCGP [INT] international permit me to work in the UK?

Unfortunately having the MRCGP [INT] does not automatically qualify you the right to work as an independent GP in the United Kingdom. Since the MRCGP [INT] has been created and designed for the needs of the local population it would not be recognised as the postgraduate exit assessment needed to practice in the UK.

If you qualified from outside the United Kingdom as well as the European Union and wish to work in the UK as a GP you would need to apply via the GMC

MRCGP [INT] Locations

MRCGP [INT] international examination centres

The RCGP does not directly any of the MRCGP [INT] examination but rather ensure quality control and accreditation so that it is equivalent in standard to the UK MRCGP exam. Recognised and accredited centres include:


This examination is offered by the Dubai Health Authority, Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Family doctors from across the Middle East are eligible to apply.

Office of General Coordinator of MRCGP International Examination Board
Al Mamzar Health Center
Department of Health & Medical Services
Government of Dubai, PO Box 1899, Dubai, UAE

Tel: Office secretary + 971 4 2967770 ext 256. Email:


This examination is offered by the Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialisation (KIMS). Only graduates of KIMS' Family Practice Residency Programme are eligible to sit this exam. Residents are to fulfil certain requirements in order to be eligible to sit the exam at the end of each residency year. 

Kuwait eligibility requirements [DOC]

Dr. Samia Al-Musallam
Director of the family Medicine Residency Programme
Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialisations
P.O. Box 1793. 1308, Kuwait
Tel.: +965 24920312 website:

South Asia

This examination is offered by the South Asia Board, and preference is given to family doctors across South Asia, as well as expatriate South Asian doctors working in neighbouring countries who intend to return to work in the South Asia region. This exam is not appropriate for other regions.

Mr Waseem Hameed
Regional Administrator
MRCGP [INT] South Asia Admin Office
Office # 906, Fortune Centre, P.E.C.H.S, Block 6, Main Shahrah e Faisal
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel.: +92 21 35444 639 or +92 336 2079604


Candidates who wish to take this exam will be enrolled in a three year structured training program towards the Egyptian Fellowship. The exam is held once yearly in Egypt. Candidates who are fluent in both Arabic and English are accepted.

Dr Omneya Ezzat Elsherif MD MRCGP[INT] DTQM IBCLC
FM Accreditation Team Coordinator, Family Medicine Consultant
The Higher Committee of Medical Specialties
Ministry of Health and Population
Egyptian Fellowship Board of Family Medicine, 989 Cornish El Nile, Maser El Kadima
Zip Code: 11559, Cairo, Egypt

Telephone: +202-25326897. Board Regulations and Exam Administration: +2-016-808-4313
Fax: +202-25326895. Email:


Family doctors from Brunei and other countries in the Asia-Pacific are eligible to apply.

Dr Hjh Siti Mariah Hj Suleiman
Assistant Registrar
PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences
Universiti of Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong BE1410, Negara Brunei Darussalam


This examination is offered by the Family Medicine Department of Sultan Qaboos University. Family medicine training programme graduates and other family doctors from Oman and neighbouring countries in the Middle East are eligible to apply.

Family and Community Health Programme (FAMCO)
Sultan Qaboos University
PO Box 35, Al Khod 123, Sultanate of Oman

MRCGP [INT] international exam books

CSAPrep have written several MRCGP books that can be used for for the MRCGP international exam [INT] exam. They utilise  national guidelines such as SIGN or NICE etc. Overall these MRCGP International exam books should put you in good stead for your MRCGP [INT] exam