Dates subject to change

Whilst we do not expect the timelines published to change, please be aware that this can never be guaranteed. As such, you are advised to check this page periodically.

Changes to any of the stages of the timeline will be reflected immediately on this page, as well as noted in a news item where considered necessary.

IMT 2024 timeline

Timeline for 2024 IMT recruitment round 1
Vacancies published   By 5pm Wednesday 25 October 2023  
Applications open  At 10am Thursday 26 October 2023 
Applications close 

 At 4pm Thursday 23 November 2023

Longlisting confirmed   By Tuesday 19 December 2023 
Shortlisting    By Wednesday 20 December 2023 
Invitation to Interview by  Thursday 21 December 2023
Interview booking deadline 

 Thursday 28 December 2023 (first invites) 

 Tuesday 2 January 2024 (second invites)

Interviews held    Monday 15 January to Friday 16 February 2024 
Rankings released  
Tuesday 27 February 2024
Programme preferences    Tuesday 27 February to Monday 18 March 2024
Offers made   Tuesday 19 March 2024 
Hold deadline   At 1pm on Thursday 4 April 2024 
Upgrade deadline   At 4pm on Tuesday 9 April 2024 
Scoresheet feedback released  Thursday 4 April 2024
Post start date Wednesday 7 August 2024*

 * Whilst the vast majority of IMT programmes will start on this date, they can start as late as April 2025; the programme start date will be clear when select your programme preferences

Provisional programme numbers & interview dates

The information on this page will be updated once it can be confirmed.

It is the intention that initial programme numbers for all regions will be published prior to the application opening date, although this cannot be guaranteed. Numbers will be updated as and when notifications are received from each region. Please be aware that it is not uncommon for vacancy numbers to change as the round progresses. 

It is possible that regions which do not have a post at the start of the round may declare one after applications have closed. Whilst we try and minimise instances of this, it is not always possible to predict vacancies so even if there appears not to be a vacancy in your preferred specialty/region combination, you may wish to consider applying in case one becomes available during the round; you can check with the region concerned if you wish to check on the likelihood of a post arising.

Generally, once a region enter a post into a round they would always have at least one post available and would only withdraw it in exceptional circumstances.

Interview dates

Round 1 interview dates will be weekdays (Monday to Friday) between Monday 15th January and Friday 16th February 2024. Exact dates are being confirmed, but it is expected there will be interviews on most dates during this period. 

Each UK region is hosting interviews in this round. It makes no difference which region is hosting your interview as the interview is the same and your application is in consideration for all regions, regardless of who manages your interview. When you come to book a slot you will see which region is hosting the one on which you are booking so you know where to direct queries regarding attendance.

Candidates can be interviewed at any of the available dates below, regardless of where they wish to work. When choosing your preferred date you should do this on the basis of your availability and the most convenient available. 

Competition ratios

While it is difficult to predict exactly the level of competition for IMT programmes, we have published data on previous years' recruitment to this website. This will give an indication of the possible competition rates in each region.

Provisional post numbers

RegionACCS-IM postsIMT posts
East Midlands

2 - 3

72 - 85

East of England

125 - 135



255 - 305


3 - 4

100 - 140

North East


70 - 80
North West





(North West)


(North West)


South West


0 - 2


40 - 48




50 - 57

Thames Valley 0 - 3 50 - 66

0 - 2

 55 - 65

West Midlands

1 - 2

95 - 110
Yorkshire and the Humber



Northern Ireland


0 - 52



73 - 80



71 - 76