Medical Training Initiative in Pathology - MTI(path)

Please note that the following information applies only to doctors who have qualified outside the United Kingdom or European Union and who wish to come to the UK for a limited period of specialised training in pathology. All applicants will now have to be on a Tier 5 visa under the auspices of the Medical Training Initiative (MTI).

The MTI was launched by the Department of Health in 2009 and is designed to allow medical graduates to come to the UK to undertake clinical training in the NHS for a maximum of 24 months before returning to their home country, providing they have the support of the relevant Royal College. The MTI operates under the Government Authorised Exchange (GAE), sub category of the Tier 5 visa category. The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) will act as the ‘professional sponsor’ through the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) who is the overarching visa sponsor and is responsible for issuing the Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), which enables an applicant to apply for their Tier 5 visa. The certificate of sponsorship will only be issued if the application is supported by RCPath. The Tier 5 visa is issued for a maximum two year period.

The International Department have recorded a live video with further details on the MTI(Path) scheme. Please visit our Facebook page to watch the video. Alternatively, you can find out more information about the scheme in the short presentation below. 

Applications for the MTI(Path) College scheme 2017 will reopen at the end of the Summer 2017. 

Details of MTI(path) placements offered in 2017 will be advertised here once the applications open.

An application pack for both routes can be downloaded below. Please note that applications that are submitted INCOMPLETE will be automatically rejected.

To ensure your application is processed, please ensure all the relevant documents and evidence are clearly labelled based on the 'Supporting documentation list' (e.g. 1. Primary Medical Education certificate) and returned together with the application. We will not be able to assess any applications submitted without the IELTS test results.


About the scheme

What is the Medical Training Initiative (MTI)?

What are the different routes to sponsorship?

Do you sponsor posts in immunology?

How can I find out more about the sponsorship process?

The application process

How can I find out if I'm eligible for this scheme?

Do I have to pass the FRCPath Part I examination in order to be eligible for the MTI(path)?

How will I know when applications are open?

How do I apply?

Fees for 2016

What can I do to prepare?

Information for Trainees

Will I be paid a salary whilst on the MTI(path) scheme?

Why are only some of the MTI(Path) posts funded?

I would like to apply for an unfunded post. What information do I need to supply?

How do I know if my Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ) is acceptable?

I haven’t undertaken any specialty training. Would I still be eligible for the scheme?

Do I need to clear PLAB in order to apply for the MTI(Path) scheme?

What is the IELTS test?

Will my scholarship be subject to tax whilst in the UK?

I am currently in the UK on a Tier 2 dependent visa. Can I apply for the scheme from the UK?

Can the MTI(Path) contribute to a CESR application?

Can I shift from one speciality to another after completing one year? For example from histopathology to neuropathology

Information for Trusts

How do Trusts benefit from the MTI scheme?

How can I offer an MTI trainee a post at my hospital?