Competition ratios for Clinical Radiology ST1

Clinical radiology is a very rewarding career but getting a training post is competitive


Key statistics from 2020 ST1 recruitment:

    • 1128 applications
    • 311 ST1 training posts in England, Scotland & Wales
    • 977 took the SRA
    • 572 candidates were interviewed

    • Applicants : Posts = 3.63:1
    • Interviews : Posts = 1.84:1

 

Graph showing the number of radiology applications, SRA examinations, interviews and posts filled for each year (2012-2020)

 

Graph showing the number of radiology applications, SRA examinations, interviews and posts filled for each year (2012-2020)

 


The competition ratio refers to the number of applications per post.  This means that in 2020 there were roughly three and a half applications for every ST1 clinical radiology training post.  This places clinical radiology with other specialties such as neurosurgery, microbiology and ophthalmology which all had higher competition ratios than other specialties recruiting for CT1 or ST1 (such as paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery and anaesthetics).

It is important however to understand these ratios in the context of applicants making multiple applications to different specialties.  For example one applicant may apply for both clinical radiology and paediatrics, however they will only accept one of the two posts.  Approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of applicants make two or more applications.  This has the effect of artificially increasing the competition ratio for specialties they applied to, but did not accept.  Therefore the 'true' competition ratio for clinical radiology in 2020 was almost certainly lower than 3.63:1.  It is useful to bear this in mind and try not to let competition ratios influence your choice of specialty when applying.

Since 2016 the number of interview slots has been set at 600.  These are offered out to the highest ranking candidates based on their SRA score.  The final number interviewed is lower than 600 due to applicants dropping out or not attending on the day.

Another thing to bear in mind is that there will usually be more posts available than the number stated on Oriel.  If you managed to reach a minimum score at interview but did not score enough to get an offer, you will be entered into clearing for any rejected offers.

 

Previous years

(England, Scotland and Wales)

Below are tables of the ST1 clinical radiology application numbers from previous years:

2020

Posts available 311
Applications 1128
Took SRA 977
Interviewed 572
Posts filled 309
Fill rate 99%

2019

Posts available 278
Applications 967
Took SRA 769
Interviewed 555
Posts filled 278
Fill rate 100%
 

2018

Posts available 282
Applications 970
Took SRA 760
Interviewed 543
Posts filled 282
Fill rate 100%
 

2017

Posts available 267
Applications 937
Took SRA 771
Interviewed 554
Posts filled 267
Fill rate 100%
 

2016

Posts available 249
Applications 963
Took SRA 823
Interviewed 537
Posts filled 249
Fill rate 100%

2015

Posts available 244
Applications 917
Interviewed 734
Posts filled 244
Fill rate 100%
 

2014

Posts available 229
Applications 794
Interviewed 635
Posts filled 229
Fill rate 100%

2013

Posts available 210
Applications 754
Interviewed 604
Posts filled 210
Fill rate 100%
 

2012

Posts available 167
Applications 693
Interviewed 544
Posts filled 167
Fill rate 100%
 

(Source: The Royal College of Radiologists Statistical summary of previous rounds webpage)

 

 

Previous years

(Northern Ireland)

Below are tables of the ST1 clinical radiology application numbers from previous years:

2020

Posts available 7
Applications 180
Number interviewed 37
Number appointable 17
Posts filled 7
Fill rate 100%

2019

Posts available 13
Applications 128
Number interviewed 40
Number appointable 21
Posts filled 13
Fill rate 100%
 

2018

Posts available 4
Applications 120
Number interviewed 38
Number appointable 5
Posts filled 4
Fill rate 100%
 

2017

Posts available 9
Applications 84
Shortlisted and invited for interview 45
Attended interview 34
Posts filled 9
Fill rate 100%
 

2016

Posts available 9
Applications 91
Shortlisted and invited for interview 43
Attended interview 38
Posts filled 9
Fill rate 100%

2015

Posts available 8
Applications 94
Shortlisted and invited for interview 40
Attended interview 30
Posts filled 8
Fill rate 100%
 

2014

Posts available 9
Applications 58
Shortlisted and invited for interview 32
Attended interview 29
Posts filled 9
Fill rate 100%
 

(Data summarised from NIMDTA - October 2020)

 

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