Medical Training Initiative

The International Sponsorship Scheme (ISS) is designed to support international medical graduates (IMGs), through facilitation of General Medical Council (GMC) registration, who come to the UK to engage in short-term training opportunities and who return to their home countries to implement training experience in the development of local health services. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) is an approved sponsor within the ISS.

Key Criteria

In order to be considered for sponsorship, the IMG must satisfy the College that the following key criteria have been met:

  • That the short-term training opportunity offers significant training, education and development and that it has the approval of the postgraduate deanery
  • That funding for the position has been obtained through
    1. Salary provided with the position (eg. Appointment to unfilled / spare training position)
    2. Scholarship from a supporting institution
    3. Funding from a statutory body or organisation

Applicants to the scheme should:

  • have been engaged in clinical practice/training for 3 or more years since obtaining their primary medical qualification
  • have achieved a minimum overall score of 7.5 and no less than 7.0 in each category of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or hold a recognised exempting qualification. Please see for information on your nearest test centre
  • have obtained a postgraduate qualification equivalent to the level of the MRCP/MRCS (UK) within the last 5 years or have passed MRCP Part 1 within the last 2 years

In addition to completing the College application form and documentation, applicants to the scheme must produce:

  • Written evidence of an offer of employment
  • Written evidence of financial support (salary/institutional support)
  • Attested (translated into English) copies of medical qualifications where appropriate
  • Attested copy of IELTS certificate or exempting qualification from IELTS

The consultant/hospital making the offer of employment will also be required to submit supporting evidence including:

  • Letter confirming offer of job
  • Written confirmation of deanery approval
  • Job Description

Before submitting an application for sponsorship, an IMG must ensure that all the above criteria can be met and supporting documentation submitted.

Medical Training Initiative

In addition to providing sponsorship for IMGs who have secured training positions, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow works closely in partnership with Postgraduate Deans and NHS Boards and Trusts throughout the UK in order to identify spare training capacity which can be filled by IMGs under the Medical Training Initiative (MTI), a UK Department of Health training scheme. Through its international institutional links and network of advisers, the college seeks high-quality, appropriately qualified IMGs who can be considered for sponsorship through the MTI.

Should you wish further information on the MTI please contact us at

Next Steps

All applications will be closely scrutinised and assessed by the College evaluation panel. Applicants should allow between 3-4 weeks for this process. If your application is approved you will receive notification, initially by email, confirming acceptance onto the ISS. You will then be required to begin the online registration process with the GMC, keeping the College fully informed of developments and the GMC reference number allocated to you.

You will receive an invitation to attend an identity check at the GMC to confirm registration. You must inform the College on receipt of this invitation. At that stage the College will send all documentation to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, who will then issue the Certificate of Sponsorship allowing you to apply for your Tier 5 entry visa.

Please note that for the GMC identity check you will need to take all original supporting documentation with you.

Administrative Charges

The College will apply an administrative charge for the ISS/MTI process. Details will be available at the point of application.

Further information

Should you require any further information at this stage Please email or call + 44 (0)141 221 6072

MTI Application MTI Declaration of Health MTI Guidance

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