What is the MTI?

The MTI allows overseas doctors to undertake up to two years of training and experience in the UK.

Under the supervision of a fully qualified NHS consultant doctor, trainee doctors on the MTI receive core and/or specialty medical training to the same standards of UK national trainees. However, in most instances the training program is tailored to suit the MTI doctor’s educational objectives and will take into account the type of work done by the doctor upon returning home.

In addition to receiving up to 24 months of specialised medical training, doctors on the MTI have also had the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops and seminars, gain fellowship to their relevant medical college and in some instances, sit their Medical Royal College Part 2 examination.

Minimum criteria for MTI

Minimum Criteria for acceptance onto the MTI Scheme

  • Appropriate postgraduate qualification
  • Part 1 College Exam or equivalent (to UK version, check with your relevant Royal College)
  • Three years minimum postgraduate experience (Four for Royal College Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
  • Including 1 year internship, 1+ in specialty
  • International English Language Test System (IELTS)
  • A score of  at least 7.0  in each of the testing areas of the academic test (speaking, listening, reading and writing)  as well as  a  score of  no less than 7.5 overall.
  • Have references from Supervising Consultants/Fellows of Royal College
  • Live overseas at time of application
  • Willing to go back to home country following training in the UK.

What Organisations Should I Know About?

Medical Royal Colleges

Each UK Medical Royal College  is responsible for a different speciality within the medical field. Their work includes:

  • Improving standards in clinical practice
  • Supporting consultant and trainee doctors through education and training
  • Supporting international development in the medical field.

Every doctor who applies to the MTI Scheme must gain written sponsorship on the relevant Medical Royal College International Scheme prior to their Tier 5 certificate of sponsorship application.

For more information see the relevant Medical Royal College website.

General Medical Council

The General Medical Council (GMC) registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Their purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

Every doctor who applies to the MTI scheme must first register with the GMC. This is done through the relevant Royal College in conjunction with applying to their international sponsorship scheme.

Medical Deaneries

The deaneries are responsible for the management and delivery of postgraduate medical education and for the continuing professional development of all doctors and dentists.

This includes ensuring that all training posts provide the necessary opportunities for doctors and dentists in training to realise their full potential and provide high quality patient care.

The deaneries are also responsible for trainers, educational supervisors and educational leaders, their training needs and educational development.

Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC)

The CSC awards funding to around 700 trainee doctors a year for specialty training on the MTI Scheme.

Awards are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries),  the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries) in conjunction with UK universities.

The National Advice Centre for Postgraduate Dental Education

For dentists applying for the scheme it is worth noting that there are major differences regarding registration, sponsorship and availability of posts.  Potential candidates should contact the National Advice Centre for Postgraduate Dental Education for further information.