NHS Scientist Training Programme

The NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) may be for you if you are a science or engineering graduate.

You can train to work in a senior healthcare science role in one of the following areas:

Not all specialisms are available every year through the STP, so it's essential to check during the STP recruitment window (see below for details of the latest recruitment round). 


The programme

You'll be employed on a fixed-term contract and paid a salary during your training.

The STP lasts for three years and involves:

  • approved and accredited workplace-based training (you'll usually spend the first year in a range of settings and then specialise in the last two years)
  • gaining a master’s degree in your chosen area of work

Once you have completed the STP, you will be eligible to apply for suitable healthcare science posts as a clinical scientist.

Find out more about the various healthcare science roles in clinical bioinfomatics, life sciences, physical sciences and biomechanical engineering and physiological sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a 1st or 2.1 either in an undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master’s degree in a pure or applied science subject relevant to the specialism for which they are applying.

Applicants with a 2.2 honours degree or better in any subject will also be considered if they have a higher degree* that is relevant to 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.

(*Higher degree as defined on page 17 of The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies. Please note this does not include postgraduate diplomas or postgraduate certificates.)

Recruitment for 2021 entry - application window opens on Monday 25 January 2021

Applications to the NHS Scientist Training Programme for direct entry in 2021 opens on Monday 25 January 2021 and closes on Monday 22 February 2021.

The recruitment process for the NHS Scientist Training Programme is administered by the National School for Healthcare Science. For the latest details about the STP 2021 recruitment process, visit the National School's website where you can find:

  • details of the programme
  • information about which specialisms are available
  • the application process
  • the interview process
  • details of open days
  • case studies 
  • FAQs
  • important documents

Visit the National School of Healthcare Science website for the very latest information about the STP recruitment process for 2021 entry.

You can also follow the National School @NSHCS and Health Careers @HealthCareersUK on Twitter

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