Make a difference in more than 50 healthcare science careers.

Healthcare scientists use a range of science, engineering and technology skills to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of medical conditions. 

You can choose from a range of roles

There are over 50 different specialisms in healthcare science. Our scientists work in laboratories and directly with patients to assess and diagnose disease and illness. Our engineers help patients live independent and fulfilling lives. Our data and technology experts improve systems that benefit patients. 

You have a choice of training routes

Whatever stage of your life you are at, you'll find a route into healthcare science. As well undergraduate degrees and the NHS Scientist Training programme for graduates, there are entry level roles and apprenticeship opportunities, including a growing number of degree-level apprenticeships. 

You'll be rewarded

Being a healthcare scientist isn’t just emotionally rewarding; it offers a career with purpose. With ongoing training, you’ll be able to quickly progress, moving to more senior positions with a higher pay grade.

You’ll also enjoy a competitive salary, one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK, and discounts at shops, restaurants and more.


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  • There are a variety of training and education routes into healthcare science. You could join the workforce directly as a healthcare science assistant or explore a healthcare science apprenticeship. Undergraduate degree and degree apprenticeships are available or you could apply for the NHS Scientist Training Programme, a paid graduate scheme for STEM graduates. 

    Find out more about becoming a healthcare scientist.

  • Your salary will depend on your role. What is certain is every member of NHS staff will enjoy a competitive salary that will increase annually, one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK, and discounts at shops, restaurants and more. You'll also have plenty of opportunities for career progression, with the chance to move to a higher band to earn more. 

    Find out more about the pay and benefts in the NHS.

  • If you're looking for information about becoming a healthcare scientist in the UK, we have what you need to know and signposts to further information.

    Find about joining the NHS from overseas. 

  • Yes, if you have previously worked as a healthcare scientist, and want to return after a break, there are options open to you. 

    Find out more about returning to a healthcare science career.

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