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NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP)

What is the NHS Scientist Training Programme?

The STP is a graduate-entry programme leading to more senior scientist roles. You will be employed by an NHS trust for the duration of your training. 

What does the training involve?

STP trainees are paid a salary while they are training.

Postgraduate training for the STP leads to a specifically commissioned and accredited master's degree and certification of achievement of work-based training following one of nine themed pathways: 

How is the training structured?

Learning is delivered through approved and accredited three years of workplace-based training, with the first year in a range of settings before specialisation in the last two years of training. Scientist trainees will also be required to undertake a specifically commissioned master's degree in their chosen area. 

Please read our general FAQs for further general information.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have an honours degree (1st or 2:1) in a pure or applied science  area relevant to the specialism for which they are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2:2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in the specialism for which they are applying.

For further information about entry requirements, please visit the website for the National School of Healthcare Science which runs the STP recruitment process.

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.

Applicants must check the person specification for the STP on the National School of Healthcare Science's website, to ensure that they can demonstrate how they meet the required criteria for their application. 

How and when do I apply?

There is an annual application cycle. See the latest information about entry in 2015 on the National School of Healthcare Science's website.   

Further information

There are several training routes into healthcare science. See more information.