Application process

Specialty recruitment and candidate selection for radiology training is a highly competitive process. In the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) this is coordinated by Health Education England London and South East. 

For 2019/2020 recruitment, the timetable was as follows:

Source: 2020 Clinical Radiology ST1 Supplementary Applicant Handbook

The following is data published by the Royal College of Radiologists and covers the years 2016 – 2019.

Some competition ratios published by HEE for 2019 include: 

  • Radiology ST1 – 1 in 3.6
  • Ophthalmology ST1 – 1 in 3.2
  • Neurosurgery ST1 – 1 in 6.5
  • Cardiothoracic surgery ST1 – 1 in 8.4
  • Core surgical training CT1 – 1 in 2.9


The application process opens in early November is relatively straightforward. 

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