Clinical Scientist

Clinical scientists research and develop techniques and equipment to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness.


Clinical scientists are healthcare and medical experts who support clinical staff in their work with patients. Their work is very wide ranging and can include laboratory work and testing, basic and applied research, management and teaching.

You can train to become a clinical scientist through the Scientist Training Programme (STP), which is a three year programme of work-based learning, underpinned by a University accredited master’s degree. Trainees are employed by an NHS Trust for the duration of the programme and will be required to spend time in a range of settings, before specialising in the last two years of the programme.

Click below for further information on clinical scientists and the Scientist Training Programme.

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Last updated on 15th February 2024