FRCPath Overseas Examinations

Our international exam centres

The FRCPath examinations are open to overseas candidates. The Part 1 exams are run online and can be sat at home, the College does not host centres presently for taking the exam. 

Please note that the Diploma practical, Part 1 Practical, Part 1 Oral and Part 2 exams (with the exception of Histopathology) can only be sat in the UK. 

It may be possible to take the Part 2 Histopathology examination in Irbid, Jordan, Cairo, Egypt or Dubai, UAE. The overseas centre will be offered on an annual basis in either Spring or Autumn session subject to there being sufficient candidates to run the centre. The centre being run will be advertised on the exams section of the website

All information about the examinations is available on the examinations section of the website.

Further guidance can be found on our FAQ page.  

Status of the FRCPath

The College is aware that there is some confusion about the equivalence of qualifications awarded in different countries. Each country has evolved its own training schemes and methods of assessment of those who have undergone that training. Please visit the examinations section for more information on the status of the FRCPath. 

Please note

All candidates must read the regulations and guidelines, both the general regulations and the relevant candidate information for their specialty. Applicants NOT in the UK should also read the specialty curriculum as the exams are designed around the relevant UK training.

Candidates are not required to have sat the PLAB or IELTS to take the exam, however, there is guidance in the examination regulations and guidelines about the standard of English that candidates should have in order to attempt the examination.

How to make an application

For guidance on how to apply and pay for the exam, please visit the Examinations section of the website. 

Past and sample papers

We aim to make as many past and sample papers available as we can. Those that we are able to publish can be found on the relevant examinations specialty page.