NHS Scientist Training Programme - 2020 recruitment
Applications for the graduate-entry NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) 2020 open on 18 December 2019.
The STP is an exciting postgraduate training programme providing an accredited MSc in Clinical Science that leads to eligibility to apply for clinical scientist status.
*There is an annual intake in September each year and, for 2020 entry, the recruitment cycle open on Wednesday 18 December 2019.
For entry you 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 you are applying.
If you have a 2.2 honours degree or better in any subject, you will also be considered if you have a higher degree* that is relevant to the specialism for which you are applying.
(*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.)
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.
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.
- Cancer genomics
- Cardiac sciences
- Clinical biochemistry
- Clinical bioinformatics (genomics)
- Clinical bioinformatics (health informatics)
- Clinical bioinformatics (physical sciences)
- Clinical engineering including: rehabilitation engineering, clinical measurement and development and medical device risk management and governance
- Clinical immunology
- Clinical microbiology
- Clinical pharmaceutical science
- Critical care science
- Gastrointestinal physiology
- Genomics (formerly genetics)
- Genomic counselling (formerly genetic counselling)
- Haematology and transfusion science
- Histocompatibility and immunogenetics
- Medical physics including: imaging with ionising radiation, imaging with non-ionising radiation, radiation safety physics and radiotherapy physics
- Ophthalmic and vision science
- Reconstructive science - applicants must hold current registration as a dental technician with the General Dental Council
- Reproductive science
- Respiratory and sleep sciences
- Urodynamic science
- Vascular science
*Important! Please check the National School for Healthcare Science website for the latest list of STP specialisms being offered for entry in 2020.
Recruitment to the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in 2020 is being coordinated by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS). Applications for the STP are made online through the Oriel portal on the NSHCS website.
Direct entry applications
Applications to the Scientist Training Programme for direct entry open at 11.00 am on Wednesday 18 December 2019 and close at 5pm on Monday 20 January 2020. Applications after this date will not be accepted.
Applications for in-service applicants open at 11.00 am on Wednesday 18 December 2019 and close on Monday 11 February 2020. 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:
- clinical bioinformatics
- life sciences
- physical sciences and biomedical engineering
- physiological sciences
For information about the STP recruitment process and to apply, visit the NSHCS website, where you will find a host of information including:
- applicant guidance
- FAQs covering the vast majority of questions that candidates have about application and eligibility; the selection process and general aspects of the 2020 STP recruitment cycle.li>
- details of open days that organisations recruiting to STP positions are holding during early 2019 and 2020
- the generic STP job description for 2020 entry
- the generic STP person specification for 2020 entry
- a list of which posts are available, by specialism and geographical location
- the link for applicants to use when applying (from 18 December 2019)
Good luck with your application!