As part of the MRCPsych Part II Basic Sciences written MCQ examination paper, candidates are required to answer 165 individual statements (the other component being Extended Matching Items - EMIs). The following is a rough breakdown of the individual statements contained in the Autumn 2003 examination paper (which contained 200 statements) and is intended to give candidates an idea of the areas of the curriculum covered. Please note that this is a rough guide only and questions on other areas of the curriculum may be included in future examination papers. The exact number of questions in each category is also subject to change, and questions may cover more than one category.
This breakdown does not cover the Extended Matching Item component of the Part II Basic Sciences written paper.
Psychology 51 questions
Human development 15
Basic & behavioural 8
Description & measurement of behaviour 9
Basis of psychological treatments 5
Basic & Social Sciences (& ethology) 19 questions
Neurosciences 34 questions
Psychopharmacology 22 questions
Theories of action
Genetics, epidemiology, statistics & research methodology 33 questions
Statistics & research methods
Medical ethics & principles of law 0