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Subspecialty training: introduction

Introduction to the subspecialty training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology

Subspecialty training is a minimum 3-year training programme that comprises:

  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical training
  • 12 months of dedicated research

The clinical training programme is competence based and the time needed to complete it will depend on your own abilities and the opportunities you have to complete the curriculum.

The aim of the research component of subspecialty training is to ensure you can design and execute a high-quality research study. If you’ve undertaken research before starting the subspecialty programme, this can be taken into account. If the Subspecialty Committee grants you research exemption, you’ll just need to complete a minimum of 2 years of clinical training. For more information, please read the guidance on the research component of subspecialty training.


Delivery of subspecialty training

The Subspecialty Training Programme Supervisor (STPS) is responsible for overseeing the subspecialty training programme and ensuring you attain the relevant competences. For more information, please read the STPS job description.

All existing subspecialty training programmes and STPSs have been approved by the RCOG’s Subspecialty Committee. For information about how to get a new subspecialty training programme approved, please read the guidance on approval of subspecialty training programmes.


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If you have any questions about subspecialty training that aren’t answered on the website, please email the Advanced Training Coordinator at or call +44 20 7045 6789.


Elsewhere on the site

Assessment of training
Information about sign-off of competencies, workplace-based assessments, ARCPs and more
Resources and support for trainees
Training guidelines, advice, useful resources and sources of support for trainees