Eligibility & Exemption
Eligibility for taking the Licensing Examination is governed by section 7A of the Medical Registration Ordinance, Cap. 161 of the Laws of Hong Kong (“MRO”) which stipulates that:
|"||(1)||No person shall be eligible to take the Licensing Examination unless -|
|a)||the person makes an application in that behalf to the Council and pays to the Registrar a prescribed fee for taking the Licensing Examination; and|
|b)||the person satisfies the Council that the person is of good character and-|
|(i)||that at the time of the application the person has satisfactorily completed not less than 5 years full time medical training of a type approved by the Council and is the holder of a medical qualification acceptable to the Council; or|
|(ii)||as an alternative for a Hong Kong permanent resident—that the person holds a medical qualification that is a recognized medical qualification for the purposes of section 14C.|
|(2)||For the purpose of subsection (1)(b)(i), the 5 years full time medical training shall include a period of internship as approved by the Council. "|
The Council does not have a list of approved medical institutions for taking the Licensing Examination as described under section 7A(1)(b)(i) of the MRO. All applications for sitting the Licensing Examination as described under section 7A(1)(b)(i) of the MRO will be considered on an individual basis.
Please refer to the website of the Medical Council of Hong Kong for the list of recognized medical qualifications for taking the Licensing Examination as described under section 7A(1)(b)(ii) of the MRO.
Please refer to Guideline 2 – Exemption in Licensing Examination for the criteria for exemption from various parts of the Licensing Examination. Applicants who wish to apply for exemption from any part(s) of the Licensing Examination should apply by completing the Application Form for Exemption from Licensing Examination (Form 3). Applications for exemption will be assessed on an individual basis, having regard to the qualifications of the applicant and the supporting documents provided according to the prevailing guidelines.
The Licensing Examination is held twice a year. Parts I and II are normally held in early March and early September while Part III is held in mid-May and mid-November. Candidates must have passed Parts I and II of the Licensing Examination to be eligible to apply for the Part III Clinical Examination.
The application period for the two sittings normally falls in mid-April to mid-May and mid-October to mid-November, respectively. Applicants must submit the completed application forms (specific for each sitting) during the stipulated application period. Applicants are required to study the Guidance Notes to Applicants of the respective sitting before application.
Please refer to the section under 'Application' of this website for the necessary supporting documents, in addition to the appropriate application form. Information on the necessary supporting documents can also be found in the Guidance Notes to Applicants of the respective sitting.
All photocopies of supporting documents must be notarised by a notary public. Photocopies certified by other persons, e.g. a solicitor or a Justice of the Peace, will not be accepted. Applicants may bring along the original documents and their photocopies in person to the Licentiate Committee Secretariat for verification during the application period.
Statutory declaration can be made before a Commissioner for Oaths, a solicitor, a Justice of the Peace or a notary public to confirm that all information and documents provided in support of the application are true and accurate. There is a free service available at the Licentiate Committee Secretariat to applicants who need to make declarations on their application.
The original application form and supporting documents (original documents/notarised photocopies/photocopies verified by the Licentiate Committee Secretariat) are required to be submitted. The application should be submitted by mail or in person to the Licentiate Committee Secretariat.
The Guidance Notes to Applicants can be found and downloaded from 'Forms and Guidelines' in this website. Please refer to the guidance notes of the relevant sitting.
Preparation for the Licensing Examination
The Licensing Examination is held in Hong Kong and there is no examination centre outside Hong Kong. The written examinations are usually held in the Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building. The clinical examinations are usually held in hospitals under the Hospital Authority. Please refer to the sections under 'Licensing Examination' in this website for details.
The Licensing Examination consists of three parts. Part I is the Examination of Professional Knowledge by multiple-choice questions. Part II is the Test of Proficiency of Medical English. Part III is the Clinical Examination. Please refer to the section under 'Licensing Examination' in this website for more information.
Please refer to Annex I of the Guidance Notes to Applicants for the syllabus. There is a list of topics under 'Useful Resources' in this website, which is to be used as a reference only. The list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive.
Please refer to the section under 'Useful Resources' in this website.
The Medical Council of Hong Kong is not responsible for arranging study groups among candidates or potential candidates.
The Medical Council of Hong Kong is not responsible for arranging a clinical attachment for candidates or potential candidates.
Period of Assessment after the Licensing Examination
Period of assessment commences on the upcoming 1 January or 1 July immediately after a candidate passes the Licensing Examination. Details of assessment are provided by the Hospital Authority. Interns will usually be organised to serve in rotations in designated hospitals in Hong Kong. Salary is determined and paid by the Hospital Authority.
Please refer to "Guideline 3 - Period of Assessment: Exemption, Reduction and Deferment" for details. Applications should be made to the Licentiate Committee Secretariat in writing with supporting documents.
Upon successful completion of the period of assessment and fulfilment of other relevant requirements, he/she is eligible:
|(1)||to apply for full registration as a medical practitioner under section 14 of the MRO if he/she has taken the Licensing Examination in accordance with section 7A(1)(b)(i) of the MRO; or|
|(2)||to apply for special registration as a medical practitioner under section 14C of the MRO if he/she has taken the Licensing Examination in accordance with section 7A(1)(b)(ii) of the MRO.|