Entry requirements, skills and interests (gastrointestinal physiology)

You can enter this area of healthcare science with a relevant honours degree or as an experienced and registered clinical scientist.

Entry requirements

There are currently two entry routes into gastrointestinal physiology:

(*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.)

Because of the extensive variation in degrees available it isn’t possible to provide a definitive list of relevant degrees for entry to the STP. For STP positions in the physiological sciences (which include gastrointestinal physiology), the most commonly accepted degrees will be in physiology, pure or applied physics, engineering, biology,  human biology or sports science (with sufficient scientific content).

Successful completion of the STP will enable you to apply to register as a clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council. 

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.

You need to be sure that you’ve reviewed the job description and person specification for the training (on the National School of Healthcare Science’s website), and the information on this page. You then need to be sure to match the skills and knowledge required to the content of your degree and the specialism you wish to apply for. 

For full details of entry requirements for the STP, including qualifications, scientific skills, transferable skills and physical requirements, please see the person specification on the National School of Healthcare Science’s website.

It can be advantageous to have gained some experience of working in a relevant environment (such as in a role using customer service skills) before applying for an STP vacancy. You should always check with the employer to see what sort of experience is preferred or required.

Find out more about the training you’ll receive and registration for a career in gastrointestinal physiology.

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