Medical Training Initiative in Pathology - MTI(path)

Please note: 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 Medical Training Initiative (MTI) was launched by the Department of Health in 2009. It 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.

As part of the scheme, The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) will act as the ‘professional sponsor’ for medical graduates, through the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC). Find out more about the Scheme by watching our Facebook Q and A.

How can I gain sponsorship?

The College offers two routes to gaining sponsorship through its MTI(Path) scheme: MTI(Path) College and MTI(Path) Trust.

  • The MTI(Path) College route is for those who haven’t been offered a placement but would like to undertake clinical training in the NHS for a maximum of 24 months before returning to their home country.
  • The MTI(Path) Trust route is for those applicants who have themselves secured a suitable placement within an NHS Trust in the UK.

What posts are available? 

We offer sponsorship to Trainees in the following specialties;

The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) oversees training in immunology. Further information on their MTI scheme can be found on the JRCPTB website

Only some of the placements on the MTI Scheme are paid and the trainee receives a salary. However, funding needs to be organised by the trainee for the unpaid MTI Scheme placements. In this case, trainee needs to have funding available from an official source e.g. home institution, government, scholarship etc. The funding should be above the UK national minimum wage (or at least £16,000 p.a.).

Please find the details of MTI(path) placements offered for 2017 applications down below:

 Job descriptions for the placements offered in 2017 are available below: 

What kind of visa will I be entitled to?

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) – the overarching visa sponsor for the initiative – is responsible for issuing the Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). This enables an applicant to apply for their Tier 5 visa, which is issued for a maximum two year period. The certificate of sponsorship will only be issued if the application is supported by RCPath. 

How do I apply?

Applications for the MTI(Path) College scheme 2017 opened on Friday, 29 September 2017 and will close on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (23:59 GMT).  The assessment of the application for MTI Scheme takes between two to six months, therefore ensure sufficient time for completion of the application process before your intended start date of the post.

If you wish to apply, you need to complete and submit the following complete documents to

  • completed application form
  • eligibility checklist
  • CV template
  • equality and diversity monitoring form
  • supporting documentation detailed in the checklist found at the end of the application form.

All applicants must also post a hardcopy of your application pack to the following address:

MTI Scheme
The Royal College of Pathologists
Fourth Floor
21 Prescot Street
E1 8BB

Please note that applications that are submitted incomplete will be automatically rejected and that any applications submitted without the IELTS test results will not be assessed. Applications will not be processed until the payment of a non-refundable administration fee is received by the College.

Download our application pack

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

How can I find out more about the sponsorship process?

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?