NHS Scientist Training Programme - 2017 recruitment

The NHS Scientist Training Programme opens for applications on Monday 16 January 2017 for those with a relevant honours degree in science or engineering.

The STP is a postgraduate training programme providing an accredited MSc in Clinical Science that leads to eligibility to apply for clinical scientist status. 

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There is an annual intake in September each year and, for 2017 entry, the recruitment cycle opens on Monday 16 January 2017.

Getting in

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.

Healthcare science specialisms available through the STP

Postgraduate training for the STP leads to a specifically commissioned and accredited master's degree and certification of achievement of work based training. The programme offers *specialisms based around the following themes.

*Important! Please check the National School for Healthcare Science website for the latest list of specialisms being offered for entry in 2017.


Recruitment to the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in 2017 is being coordinated by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS). Applications for the STP are made online through the portal on the NSHCS website.

Direct entry applications

Applications to the Scientist Training Programme for direct entry will open at 1pm on Monday 16 January 2017 and close at 5pm on Monday 13 February 2017. Applications after this date will not be accepted.

In-service applications

Applications for in-service applicants will open at 1pm on Monday 16 January 2017 and close at 5pm on Monday 13 March 2017. Applications after this date will not be accepted.


There is considerable competition for places and the recruitment window won’t remain open for long. No late applications will be accepted so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make an informed application!

Where to find out more

If you want to find out more about the various areas of healthcare science, please visit our role pages under the relevant area:

For information about the STP recruitment process and to apply, visit the NSHCS website, where you will find a host of information including:

Good luck with your application!

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