Plans for round 2 of ST3 Recruitment are being reviewed in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please monitor our news page for the latest updates.


If you are looking to apply to an ST3 level programme in one of the medical specialties coordinated by the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office (PSRO) national 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, applying, interviews 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.

Stroke medicine

The PSRO also coordinate a national recruitment process for stroke medicine in England and Wales. Please see the stroke medicine section of the website for details about the process.

2020 recruitment

The provisional timeline for 2020 is available on the timeline page of the website. As in 2019 there will be two rounds:

  • Round 1 - opens for applications at 10am 29 January 2020 and closes at 10am 24 February 2020, for programmes starting from August to December 2020.
  • Round 2 - opens for applications at 10am 28 July 2020 and closes at 4pm 13 August 2020, for programmes starting from October 2020 to April 2021.

Latest news


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

To contact the helpdesk, please send an email to [email protected].

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

Physician Specialty Recruitment Office

Physician ST3 Recruitment is managed and coordinated by the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office (PSRO) based in Health Education England. The process is governed in coordination with the Royal College of Physicians of London, also working closely with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB).

Best wishes, and good luck with your application,

Dr Jo Szram
Clinical Lead for the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office