A urologist, or consultant urologist, manages patients with urological disorders, such as kidney stones, prostate cancer, and urethral stricture disease.
The Royal Society of Medicine offers a range of events for different surgical specialties, including Urology – see a full list on our Events page>>
Wondering what it’s like to be a Urology Registrar? Read A Day in the Life…
Read more about what urology is like
Entry Route into Urology
Applicants must have completed the two-year Foundation Programme before they are eligible to apply for training. Trainees first need to apply for Core Surgical Training before entry into higher Speciality Training.
Core surgical training takes two years to complete and covers a variety of different specialities. Trainees must complete the MRCS examinations during the first two years of training, and accrue at least six months of training in Urology. After completing Core Surgical Training, applicants can apply for ST3 posts in order to progress.
Job Progression as a Urologist
Higher Speciality Training in Urology takes at least five years to complete, and before trainees can obtain their CCT, they must pass the intercollege speciality examination (FRCS).
Sub-specialties in urology include
- reconstructive urology,
- urological oncology,
- functional urology,
- endourology, and
There are also opportunities to work in management as a clinical lead, or a clinical or medical director. Additionally, there are formal opportunities to become involved in the education and training of junior doctors by working as
- a director of medical education overseeing postgraduate medical training,
- a training programme director responsible for the education of trainee doctors in the local region, or
- an associate dean responsible for managing the training programme.
Academic Urology Roles
Trainees interested in an academic career can apply for an academic clinical fellowship. However, trainees can continue the ST clinical training programme after ST4 level.
Competition for Urology Posts
In 2017, the competition ratio at ST3 was 2.15, with 144 applications for 67 posts. The competition ratio for Core Surgical Training was 2.56, with 1,608 applications for 629 posts.
In December 2017, there were
- 867 consultants,
- 56 associate specialists,
- 125 speciality doctors,
- 2 staff grades,
- 437 speciality registrars,
- 143 core trainees,
- 100 F2 trainees, and
- 200 F1 trainees.
Salaries in Urology
The starting salary for junior doctors in England ranges from £26,614 to £46,208, and from £37,923 to £87,521 for speciality doctors. Consultants can expect to earn between £76,761 and £103,490. There are additional supplements for on-call work, antisocial hours, and other commitments. For additional information, please check our page on pay scales.
A Day in the Life of a Consultant Urologist
Daily work includes performing surgery, managing patients pre- and post-operatively, and attending ward rounds. A urologist is also expected to run outpatient clinics, and attend multidisciplinary and departmental meetings. There is regular on-call work, although it may be less intensive than in other surgical specialties.