This section of the website gives guidance on the entry criteria listed in the ST3 person specifications.

Generally, ST3 eligibility criteria are the same across all specialties. However, in some cases, a particular specialty may have additional or slightly different requirements.

It should be assumed that any eligibility requirement described in this section is applicable to every specialty. If a specialty has additional/different requirements this will be made clear either here or in the 'planning your application' section of the specialty's page.

There is a separate section for each of the six main areas of the entry criteria, plus a seventh page for the remaining requirements:


Please check your eligibility status before applying

Upon submitting your ST3 application, recruiters will assess it against the essential entry criteria. If the application does not demonstrate that all criteria are met, it will be regarded as ineligible for ST3.

Before applying please check that you meet the eligibility criteria, and consider how you will demonstrate this (if necessary). 

UK core trainees

Whilst candidates expecting to complete a UK CMT, ACCS-AM or IMY2 (for 'group 2' specialties) programme prior to the advertised post start date (or who have completed one already) are likely to meet all eligibility criteria, we still advise CMT trainees to check the information here prior to applying.


Round 2

Please note that the dates in the subsequent pages of this section of the website refer to recruitment in round 1. In the event that you are applying in round 2 without one or more of the eligibility criteria being completed,  all criteria not required at time of application must be completed by the advertised post start date, this is set as 4 October 2021.