MRCEM Primary information


The RCEM has a history of changing exam names. In 2018 the RCEM replaced the MRCEM part A with the FRCEM primary to create a single suite of examinations culminating in the award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (FRCEM). In 2021 the RCEM will revert back to the MRCEM/FRCEM system. As such the FRCEM primary examination will be rebranded and replaced by the MRCEM primary. This change occured on the 24th June 2021 with the last sitting of the FRCEM primary. The MRCEM primary exam sittings begin in December 2021.


MRCEM Primary FAQ's


When is the next sitting of the MRCEM Primary?

Exam date Application deadline Results date
1st December 2021 17th September 2021 13th Janaury 2022
23rd June 2022 TBC TBC
24th November 2022 TBC TBC

How much does the MRCEM Primary cost?

The FRCEM primary costs £330 to sit in the UK.

What is the pass rate for the MRCEM Primary?

Based on results of the previous FRCEM/MRCEM primary examinations the pass rate is typically around 44%

What is the format of the MRCEM Primary?

The MRCEM primary is a 3 hour long paper that contains 180 best of five (single best answer) questions. The number of questions on each topic is shown below

Topic Number of questions
Anatomy 60
Physiology 60
Pharmacology 27
Microbiology 18
Pathology 9
Evidence based medicine 6

Where can i get more information on the MRCEM Primary?

The RCEM has lots of useful information on the MRCEM primary. Links to their resources are shown in the footer along with other vaulable revision tools.