If you are looking to apply to an ST3 level programme in one of the medical specialties coordinated by the RCP 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.

2018 recruitment

There are two rounds of recruitment to ST3 programmes in 2018:

  • Round 1 -  opens for applications at 10am 31 January 2018 and closes at 4pm 21 February 2018, for programmes starting from August to December 2018; see the timeline page of the website for more details.
  • Round 2 - opens for applications at 10am 31 July 2018 and closes at 4pm 16 August 2018, for programmes starting from October 2018 to April 2019; 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 RCP runs an email helpdesk which can be contacted with any queries relating to ST3 recruitment. Normally, the RCP will respond to all queries within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

To contact the helpdesk, please send an email to st3recruitment@rcplondon.ac.uk.

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 Royal College of Physicians of London, working closely with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Dr Richard Butterworth
Clinical Lead for Recruitment and Selection