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NHS Scientist Training Programme


The NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a postgraduate entry programme leading to more senior scientist roles. Trainees are employed by an NHS Trust for the duration of their training. STP trainees are paid a salary while they are training.

Postgraduate training for the STP leads to a specifically commissioned and accredited master's degree and certification of achievement of work based training following one of these themed pathways:

  • Medical physics
  • Clinical pharmaceutical science 
  • Clinical engineering
  • Reconstructive science
  • Blood sciences
  • Cellular sciences
  • Infection Sciences
  • Cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences
  • Neurosensory sciences
  • Genetics sciences
  • Clinical bioinformatics

More information about the STP is available in the trainee handbook and from the Health Careers website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an honours degree (1st or 2:1) in a pure or applied science area relevant to the specialism for which they are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2:2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in the specialism for which they are applying.

For all candidates, evidence of research experience (e.g. in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of scientific and academic capability), is considered desirable. More information on entry requirements is available from our STP recruitment page. 

University Providers

There are currently 11 Universities offering the academic master's for the STP. Click here for a table of accredited University providers.

Work Based Providers

The School works with NHS scientific departments who provide the work based element of the training programmes.

Registration and Regulation

Registration of healthcare workers is the process by which a healthcare worker joins the relevant register for their profession or role i.e. by lodging information about themselves in accordance with the registration authority's requirements.

Regulation is the process by which the employer or regulator sets standards for their employees' or registrants' practice and/or education and training and/or conduct, and monitors adherence to these. Usually regulation includes disciplinary procedures when a registrant or employee is found to have breached the standards in some way.

Trainees that successfully complete the work based training and the academic master's programme will be awarded a Certificate of Attainment from the Academy for Healthcare Science and will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Professional Bodies

All the STP programmes are supported by individual discipline specific professional groups. These groups work closely with the School to review curricula and to support trainee progression and assessment.

Further information about Professional Bodies can be found on the Links and Resources page.

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