Getting into GP training

Applying for GP Training

The process of applying to GP training for 2021 entry comprises the following stages:

Getting into GP training

Stage 1: Longlisting is based on the submission of your application via the new Oriel. To be longlisted, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. The main ones are:

– Eligible for full registration with the GMC + license to practice by the time you start (not needed at time of application)

– 2 years clinical experience by the time you start training (can be in any country) – e.g. FY1 and FY2, or internship + 1 year at SHO/F2 level

– Evidence of Foundation Year 2 competences (either via the Foundation programme / WAST or using the Certificate of Readiness to enter Specialty Training (CREST) – must be the 2021 form).

Read the FULL eligibility critera in the GP ST1 National Person Specification from the National Recruitment Office site.

Stage 2: Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is a computer based exam comprising both clinical and professional dilemma multiple choice questions.

– Professional dilemma paper – 50 Situational Judgement Test questions in 95 minutes

– Clinical problem solving paper – 97 clinical questions in 75 minutes  You can read more about this paper and how to prepare for it in this article on the MSRA.

For 2021 entry, your scores in the MSRA which will determine if you get an offer / where that offer will be – there will NOT be any interview / Stage 3 assessment / selection centre for GP training this year. The MSRA is not a simple pass / fail assessment – it is competitively ranked, and your score makes up 100% of your overall score (50% is the SJT paper, 50% is the clinical paper for 2021 entry). It is important that you start preparing early, so that you can get the best score possible – every mark matters – it could be the difference between getting an offer or not, or help determine whether you get one your top offers or one of your lower preferences.

MSRA revision

Job allocation

Jobs are allocated based on your MSRA scores, your rank in the national ranking, and the areas you select when you applied. Popular areas are very competitive, so if you need to stay in a specific area (so have limited preferences), or a popular area like London, Oxford, KSS, you need to get the best score possible to maximize your chances – just passing the MSRA does not guarantee any job offers or an offer in one of your top preferences.


There are usually three rounds of recruitment each year for GP training – Round 1, Round 1 re-advert, and Round 2. For 2021, only 2 rounds are planned – you can see dates below:

Round 1 (usually 4000+ jobs):

Dates for Round 1 2021:

Apply from: 5th November 2020, closing date 1st December 2020.

Invitations to book MSRA: By 5th Jan 2021

MSRA dates (2021): 28th Jan – 12th Feb

MSRA results: By 4th March 2021

Job offers: By 30th March 2021

Start date: 4th August 2021

Round 1 Re-advert (only jobs left unfilled after round 1 – usually 500-800+ jobs):

Dates for Round 1 re-advert 2021: There is no Round 1 re-advert for 2021.

Round 2 (mostly jobs left unfilled after round 1 – usually 300-500+ jobs, but may be fewer this year due to higher competition in Round 1):

Dates for Round 2 2021 are:

Applications open 27th July 2021, closing date 17th August 2021

MSRA: 3rd-10th September 2021

Job offers: By 21st September 2021

Start date: 2nd February 2022

Jobs that are unfilled from Round 1 are usually available in Round 1 Re-advert for both new applicants and those who applied in Round 1 but were unsuccessful. All jobs start in August. The jobs available in Round 2 are mostly jobs unfilled by the previous two rounds of recruitment (there are sometimes some new jobs) – jobs start in February – there are usually limited jobs in this round, and some areas will not have any posts at all as they will have been filled already.

How can Emedica help you get into the GP Training programme of your choice? We have been helping doctors successfully enter GP training for 15 years, and can offer support for every stage. Our Getting into GP Training course covers the whole process step by step, and we also have an intensive 2 day MSRA Crammer course, and online revision for the MSRA covering 2100+ clinical and SJT questions with mock exams.

MSRA 2 Day Crammer Course