If an applicant who meets the eligibility criteria does not receive an offer from their chosen region, they will progress through to national clearing; this only applies to the England and Wales vacancy as all applicants to the Scotland vacancy are in contention the all posts throughout the process.

National clearing will group all remaining candidates into one pool and re-rank them as one cohort through the random process. Then the applicants will be able to rank their programme preferences from those available to go through the matching algorithm again.

Available programmes in clearing

After the upgrade deadline, each region will determine whether they have any unfilled or additional IMY3 posts to offer. 

It is not possible to give any indication until that time whether there will be any need for clearing and, if so, in which regions. Should there be the need for clearing, the following will apply:

  • All eligible applicants without an offer can be considered.
  • A subsequent randomised process will be undertaken to give clearing candidates their clearing rank; there will be no prioritisation categories at this stage.
  • At the clearing stage, applicants will be given opportunity to preference across all posts included in clearing.
  • If an applicant receives an offer in clearing, they will have the option to accept or decline it, there is no upgrading option;  therefore, applicants are encouraged to only preference programmes that they will accept if offered.

Clearing offers will be completed within 2-3 weeks of the clearing deadline.