The first fellowship exam, the Part 1 FRCOphth Written exam, is a theoretical paper based on the learning outcomes of the OST curriculum that are covered in the first two years of training. Trainees must pass this exam by the end of the second year of run-through training under the OST.

Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is committed to developing and promoting the highest standards of patient care in ophthalmology. We support our members throughout their careers with life-long learning in the management of eye disease and care of patients.  We work with organisations in the eye health sector and the healthcare system to influence policy development.

The RCOphth’s prestigious FRCOphth qualification is awarded by examination, as well as election. We also offer an undergraduate prize examination and Certificate in Laser and Refractive Surgery. Find out how to book an exam and our advice for candidates preparing to sit our exams.

All candidates must hold a medical qualification approved by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom (GMC) or Ireland (IMC) before registering.

International Examinations

The Part 1 FRCOphth and Part 2 Written exams are now delivered online via remote proctoring which means a candidate in any country can sit these exams without the need to travel. This new format has seen an expanded global reach and the recent Part 1 exam in October 2020 saw nearly 400 candidates sit it in 27 different countries.

The Part 2 FRCOphth Oral and Refraction Certificate exams take place every year in India, Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Singapore and Malaysia.