Examination Guidelines

Training and Examination System


The trainee must possess a primary medical qualification recognized by the Medical Council of Hong Kong. Trainees should register with the College at the commencement of Basic Training.

The training programme comprises of a minimum of 6 years in a College recognised training post. Basic Training will last for at least 2 years. Higher Training will last for at least 4 years after completion of Basic Training and have passed an intermediate examination.

Examination System

Intermediate Examination

Part A may be taken one year after commencement of Basic Training. The format is multiple choice questions (MCQ). This examination is conducted jointly with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as FRCSEd Part A / FCOphthHK Part A. This is held twice a year.

Part B. A trainee may sit for the Part B after at least 20 months of Basic Training. The format is in the form of written, oral and clinical examinations, including practical refraction. This is also conducted with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: the FRCSEd Part B / FCOphthHK Part B examination is held once a year.

After failure for 4 times, the candidate may not be allowed to sit for the intermediate examination unless with special permission of the Education Committee.

Note: Trainees applying for admission to joint examinations should also comply with the Regulations relating to the Membership and Fellowship by Examination and the syllabus set forth by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Basic Training is completed after at least 2 years of training, pass the Part B examination (or a recognized equivalent examination) and log book inspection.

Exit Examination

Part C is to be taken after at least 3 years of Higher Training. The format is in the form of written, oral and clinical examinations:-

  • A written examination consisting of a 3-hour paper with 4 essay-type and/or write-short notes type of questions.
  • Critical appraisal on scientific publications/articles: Ten articles shall be selected by the Examination Subcommittee and copies released to the candidates and examiners prior to the examination. During the examination, each of the three examiners from the panel will choose one publication/article for discussion with the candidate.
  • Communication: Assessment on the candidates’ communication skills and the ability to obtain informed consent.
  • A clinical examination consisting of one long case.

Part D is to be taken after at least 4 years of higher training. There will be a logbook inspection and assessment.

Overseas Training

Applications for recognition of overseas training shall be evaluated by the Education Committee on a case-by-case basis.

Admission of Associate Fellows

For admission as Associate Fellows, trainees should

  • have passed the Part B examination; or
  • possess any of the recognised qualifications; as governed by the Rules and Regulations of the College.

Admission of Fellows

For admission as Fellows of the College, trainees should have

  • completed Higher Training; and
  • passed the Exit Examination Parts C & D.



Application forms are available from the College secretariat. Completed forms, fees and required documents must reach the secretariat by hand or post before the closing date. Fax applications will not be accepted.


Notice of withdrawal from examination must be made in writing. The College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong shall not refund examination fees if notice of withdrawal is received after the closing date. For joint examinations, the regulations set forth by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh shall govern retention or refund on that portion of fees the Royal College is entitled.

Note: Regulations are under continual review therefore it is recommended that candidates keep in regular contact with the college to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information.

Revised March 2014