Thinking of applying to the STP?

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.

What are the entry requirements?

Here we have included the official application documents (person specification and job description) for the Scientist Training Programme, as well as common entry requirement questions.

Person specification

The person specification outlines the qualifications, scientific skills, transferable skills and physical requirements needed by STP applicants.

Job description

The following document is the generic job description for Trainee Healthcare Scientists.

FAQs

I am from outside of the UK; do I have the right to work in the UK?

Where possible you must establish your right to work in the UK before applying. Please refer to the national guidance from Health Education England and the UK Visas and Immigration Service to check your eligibility. If you require a Tier 2 visa to work and train in the UK please visit the Home Office website for the latest guidance.

What level of English language competency is required?

It is essential that you have the communication skills to enable you to perform the role effectively. You must also be able to demonstrate that you can achieve the standards set for clinical scientists by the Health and Care Professions Council. Please refer to the entry requirements information for further details.

What is a relevant degree?

Due to the extensive variation in degrees available, it is not possible to provide a definitive list of relevant degrees for entry to the STP. You must ensure you review the job description and person specification for the training, and the information about your preferred healthcare science specialism on the Health Careers website.  More information about relevant degrees is in the entry requirements section.

If I am graduating in this academic year, am I eligible to apply for the training posts?

You are required to have obtained your degree prior to the start date of the training programme. If you have an undergraduate degree classified as 2:2, and are relying on a higher degree in a relevant subject, you must already have been awarded the higher degree before the start date of the STP.

If you apply based on a predicted grade and are not successful in achieving that grade, you will no longer meet the minimum entry criteria for the programme and your offer will be withdrawn. You must notify the School of your final result via email at hcsapplicants@hee.nhs.uk no later than 14 days from receiving the university notification and before the training start date.

If I have already obtained an MSc in a healthcare science specialism, will I be exempt from the MSc component of the STP?

If you wish to apply for the STP you should be prepared to undertake the full academic and work based components of the scheme. However if you would like your existing qualifications to be considered as credit against parts of the academic STP master’s degree, this process of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is determined on a case by case basis within universities. General information about this process is available from any university website.

If I already have significant relevant work experience can I be exempt from elements of the work based learning?

If you wish to apply for the STP you should be prepared to undertake the full academic and work based components of the scheme.

Is the programme looking to recruit new or more experienced graduates?

The national shortlisting panels will judge which applicants closely match the person specification. The focus is on whether an applicant has the required skills, knowledge and experience and this could have been gained in a number of different ways. Successful applicants might have a variety of relevant qualifications, experience and potential, and in the past the cohort of successful applicants has included both new graduates and those with more experience.

Is there an age limit for the programme?

No, there is not an age limit for the STP.

What kinds of people get a place on the STP?

A range of people have been successful in being appointed to the STP. In addition to high standards of scientific ability, what they have in common is an enthusiasm for science, aspirations to be leaders in healthcare science and a focus on delivering high quality and compassionate care for patients.

Above all else our successful applicants demonstrate the right values and behaviours integral to providing safe and effective healthcare science services to patients and the public.