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:

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

For entry you must have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or relevant postgraduate qualification if you have a 2:2 degree) in a pure or applied science or engineering subject that's relevant to your chosen specialism. Applicants will include those successfully graduating from the NHS Practitioner Training Programme.

There’s a lot of competition for places and it’s helpful if you have some research experience.

Recruitment closed for 2017 entry

The recruitment process for the NHS Scientist Training Programme is administered by the National School for Healthcare Science. The recruitment process for 2017 entry has now closed, although you can still view details of the STP on the School's website including the following:

Applications to the NHS Scientist Training Programme for entry in 2018 are likely to open in January 2018. For the latest details about 2018 entry, follow Health Careers on Twitter @HealthCareersUK, keep checking this webpage and the National School's website.

Visit the National School of Healthcare Science website for information about recruitment into the STP in 2017 

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