Recruitment in 2017 has been completed and this website is being updated for 2018 recruitment. It is anticipated the updated website will go live in mid-November but in the meantime you can use the information here as a good guide to the process as most things will be the same.

A couple of areas which have been been updated include the overall timeline for the year (interview dates for each specialty are being confirmed) and the person specifications. Additionally, if you will require an Alternative Certificate of Core Competence, this is available in the document library and you can read an overview of updated rules for demonstrating core competence in our news item on this.

If you are looking to apply to an ST3 level programme in one of the medical specialties coordinated by the JRCPTB recruitment process, this website contains detailed information to help you. This covers recruitment to UK training programmes in these specialties in England, Scotland and Wales, and also Northern Ireland for clinical genetics, medical oncology and palliative medicine.

Completion of a substantive ST3 programme will lead to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Combined Programme Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR CP) depending on your training pathway up to this point.  For more information on certification please see the JRCPTB website.

The process section of the website is the home to the majority of general information to help you navigate a recruitment round, including: timeline, eligibility criteria, planning your application, applyinginterviews and offers. For specialty specific information such as interview dates and post numbers, interview format and data from previous years, please visit the relevant specialty's page.

In addition to the website, we have produced an 'Applicants' Guide' which overviews how the process works and is a good introduction for those new to specialty recruitment. This is available to download from the document library.

It is advisable to view the relevant person specification for the specialty(ies) to which you are intending to apply.

You may also wish to view competition ratios and scoring from previous rounds, which is available under the 'data' tab within the relevant specialty's page.

2017 recruitment

There are two rounds of recruitment to ST3 programmes in 2017:

  • Round 1 -  opens for applications at 10am 1 February 2017 and closes at 4pm 22 February 2017, for programmes starting from August to December 2017; see the timeline page of the website for more details.
  • Round 2 - opens for applications at 10am 1 August 2017 and closes at 4pm 17 August 2017, for programmes starting from October 2017 to April 2018; see the timeline page of the website for more details.

The timeline page of the website has full details for both round 1 and round 2.

Latest news


Our FAQs section has the answers to many common queries but if you cannot find an answer to your question the JRCPTB runs an email helpdesk which can be contacted with any queries relating to ST3 recruitment. Normally, the JRCPTB will respond to all queries within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

To contact the helpdesk, please send an email to

Any important announcements will be added to this website and noted in the news section, as well as being announced on our twitter feed.

Specialty Recruitment Office

ST3 Recruitment is managed and coordinated by the Specialty Recruitment Office at the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Professor David Black
JRCPTB Medical Director