Thinking of applying to the STP?

Last Updated: 7th October 2020

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three year programme of work-based learning, supported by a University accredited master’s degree. Are you thinking of applying? If so, this guidance is for you and will answer all the common questions for applications.


As an STP trainee you will be employed by an NHS Trust (or in some cases by an NHS private partner or a private healthcare provider) for the duration of the three year programme. You will spend time in a range of settings before specialising in the last two years. To fulfil the academic part of the programme, you will complete a part-time master’s degree at the university offering your chosen specialism.

The curriculum for the programme is comprised of a series of core and scientific modules. Each of these modules is made up of two parts:

  • Academic learning delivered and assessed in the university.
  • Work-based learning and training where you develop and apply your academic and clinical knowledge and skills in the NHS workplace.
Graphic about the structure of the STP

Graphic about the structure of the STP