Guidance

Thinking of applying to the STP?

Last Updated: 27th 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.

What are the training locations and universities?

Find out about where you will be trained during your STP.

Frequently asked questions

Where will I be trained?

You can express a preference for the specialism(s) you wish to train in in rank order (up to a maximum of 2 specialisms and direct entry only) during your application. If you are invited to interview you will then be asked to choose up to as many locations/employers as there are available in those specialisms in rank order.

As far as possible, successful direct entry applicants will be matched to posts based on the choice of specialisms identified in their application form and the choices of locations/employers chosen later in the application process.

Please note that by indicating a preferred location, you are agreeing to be based anywhere in that region and the clinical rotations in the first year may not necessarily all be available in the same region that you have applied. In accepting a post you should therefore be willing and able to travel in order to undertake the training. You should also note that in accepting an offer of training you will be committing to being based with that employer for the full 3 years.

Are there STP opportunities available in Scotland and Northern Ireland?

Yes; there are separate training schemes available in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Are there STP opportunities in Wales?

Recruitment to the Scientist Training Programme in Wales is being managed and coordinated by Wales. Please contact Christine Love, (Deputy Head of Education and Commissioning and Quality, Health Education and Improvement Wales) for further information.

Which universities offer the accredited master’s programme?

Details of the university providers are available in the applicants section for STP.