1. When and where is the next sitting of the MRII Examination?

Saturday 2nd March 2019 in Dublin City University (full day).

2. How do I apply?

Student members of the MRII can apply from this website. Applications for student membership can also be made from this website. Click here. A non-member of the MRII cannot apply for the MRII Examination.

3. What do I need to study?

When you apply for the MRII Examination you will receive your materials in hardcopy. They will include:

  • The MRII Examination Syllabus (table of contents can be found here)
  • The MRII Examination Syllabus industry section
  • IPHA Code of Practise
  • IMSTA Code of Practise
  • Medicines Ireland Code of Practise

4. How long is the Examination?

Paper 1 is two hours: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Paper 2 is two hours: 2.00pm – 4.00 pm

5. Is there extra time allowed if a candidate does not finish the paper within 2 hours?

No extra time is given for a candidate, unless in special circumstances (e.g. a dyslexic candidate which must be discussed and confirmed with the examiner (and MRII Examination Sub Committee) prior to the examination day. The Examination is designed to be completed well inside the allocated time.

6. How are the papers divided?

Paper One – Two Hours Duration – 150 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)
Two Main Sections:
Section 1: The Industry (70-80 questions)
Section 2: Introductory Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Bacteriology (70-80 questions)

Basic anatomy and physiology:
Introduction to the human body: nervous system, circulatory system, endocrine system, respiratory system, musculo-skeletal system, digestive system, cardiovascular and circulatory system, urinary system, reproductive system, skin, eye, ear, nose, throat, taste and smell

Drugs and Pharmacology:
Source and classification of drugs; absorption, detoxification and excretion of drugs; dosage and adverse reaction to drugs.

Classification of micro-organisms; description (morphology) of bacteria; sources/spread of infection.


Paper Two – Two Hours Duration – 150 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s)
Disease Processes/Disorders (plus Drugs/Treatment and main surgical aspects) of:
– digestive system (10-12 MCQ’s)
– musculo-skeletal system (10-12 MCQ’s)
– respiratory system (10-12 MCQ’s)
– circulatory system (10-12 MCQ’s)
– nervous system (10-12 MCQ’s)
– urinary system (10-12 MCQ’s)
-endocrine system (10-12 MCQ’s)
– reproductive system (10-12 MCQ’s)
– skin (5-6 MCQ’s)
– eye (5-6 MCQ’s)
– ear (5-6 MCQ’s)
– nose and nasopharynx (5-6 MCQ’s)
– pharynx and throat (5-6 MCQ’s)
– disease and general terminology (10-12 MCQ’s)

N.B. Overlap (in terms of subject material) exists between different questions

7. Are past papers available?

There are no past papers available, however there are sample questions available here. These questions are also available at the back of the syllabus.

8. What is required to achieve a Pass Mark?

40% will be required on each paper to pass. The overall mark is the average of the two papers. You cannot compensate between the two papers.

9. Can someone from outside the industry sit the examination?

Yes, membership of the MRII is open to those who are working as, or seeking to work as, Healthcare Industry Representatives in Ireland. Any student member can sit the examination. An associate member is one who has passed the MRII examination but is not yet employed as a Healthcare Industry Representative.

10. Are there special arrangements for dyslexic candidates?

Yes, but we require proof of dyslexia in advance (a GP letter), at least 2 months before the examination. An extra half hour per paper will be allocated to the dyslexic candidate.

11. How many times can I sit the examination?

The examination is held once a year, in March or April. You can sit the examination as often as you wish. There is no option to resit in the same year.

12. What happens if I fail to pass the examination within two years?

If you fail to pass the examination within two years, it would be at your company’s discretion as to how long they will give you to pass the examination.

13. If I pass the MRII Examination do I become a Full Member of the MRII?

Yes, you automatically become a Full Member on passing the examination.

14. What is the pass rate?

The overall pass rate is around 90%.

15. How much work is involved in studying for the examination?

On average, candidates are advised to study the syllabus over a period of three to five months. Ideally you should purchase the syllabus as soon as possible.  We do recommend at least 4 months if you are studying a chapter a week, depending on your background.

16. Are there trick questions?

No! The questions are ‘multiple-choice’ where you select the correct answer/answers from four options. There is negative marking, but only to zero. You cannot get a minus mark for any question.

17. Who compiles the examination questions?

Dr. Brian Place, former Head of the School of Science, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, and Dr. Brendan O’Connor, Senior Lecturer, DCU.

18. When will I receive the results?

Each candidate will receive their results personally within two weeks of the examination.

19. Who receives the results?

Results are sent solely to examination candidates. No information is sent to companies.

20. When do I get my Certificate?

Certificates are presented to candidates at the MRII National Conference (April date tbc for 2018).

21. Is there a prize for first place?

Yes, a medal is presented to the candidate with the highest overall mark. This medal is presented to the successful candidate at the MRII National Conference by the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association.

22. How much does it cost?

MRII Membership Fee €150 per year for students. €160 per year for Full/Associate Members.
Examination Syllabus and Examination Fee 2019 €520.

Apply here for membership.

Apply for Examination here.