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How to register for subspecialty training

Subspecialty training programmes are advertised in the BMJ. If you wish to register for subspecialty training, you’ll need to apply directly to the Deaneries/Trusts as set out in the adverts. The RCOG doesn’t organise subspecialty training posts or programmes.


Eligibility for subspecialty training

To be eligible to enter subspecialty training, you need to fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a UK NTN (national training number) or equivalent, including successful completion of clinical training to ST5 or ST6 level, confirmed by outcome 1 in most recent ARCP or equivalent, and have passed the Part 3 MRCOG; completion of the intermediate ultrasound module in normal fetal anatomy is mandatory for entry to subspecialty training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
  • Hold a UK CCT or CESR and be on the UK Specialist Register in O&G, or hold a CCT or CESR that in due course will entitle you to enter the Specialist Register (formal entry to the programme will only be confirmed once you’ve formally entered the Specialist Register)
  • EEA (European Economic Area) and non-UK applicants who are listed on the UK Specialist Register in O&G


Work permit and visa requirements

Non-UK/non-EEA nationals with limited leave to remain in the UK who require a work permit are subject to the resident labour market test and may only be considered for appointment if there are no other suitable candidates who fulfil the eligibility requirements above.

Individual Deaneries will decide what evidence you’ll need to present to confirm your immigration status. For more information, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.


Appointment process

Appointment is through open competition involving a structured interview process.


Registering with the RCOG

Once you’ve been appointed to subspecialty training, you’ll need to register with the RCOG’s Subspecialty Committee. You must do this on appointment to subspecialty training; it’s not possible to backdate registration.

To register, download the subspecialty training registration form (Word document 167kb) and email the completed form to the Advanced Training Coordinator at

You’ll also need to pay a registration fee. Please see details on the Advanced Training registration fee and how to pay.


Find out more

If you need any help or advice, please read the subspecialty training FAQs, email the Advanced Training Coordinator at or call +44 20 7045 6789.


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