Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) is a five-year workplace-based training programme that provides opportunities for clinical scientists to train to become eligible to apply for available consultant clinical scientist posts.

Scientists entering these programmes will be trained to become the consultants of the future offering a pivotal role to meet the challenges of delivering healthcare “at the limits of science”.

The HSST programme is one that is entirely bespoke to you and your previous experiences. It is unlike other training programmes under the MSC umbrella in that it requires you and your employer to develop an appropriate job plan against the demands of the specialism specific curriculum.

It requires you to achieve a balance between academic learning and work-based training and to decide the level of formative evidence appropriate to meet the demands of summative assessments.

Whilst we use the word trainee for expediency, we recognise that those on the programme are experienced scientists.

  • Applicants

    Here you will find information about applying to become a HSST Trainee.

  • Trainees

    Here you will find information for current HSST Trainees.

  • Supervisors

    Here you will find information and guidance for HSST supervisors.

  • Employers

    What is the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme? Details about curriculum, funding and eligibility.

  • HSST Train the Trainer

    This section provides online guidance and training for all HSST supervisors.

  • HSST research projects

    This is where you can find collections of HSST project abstracts submitted by previous HSST trainees.

  • HSST case studies

    Meet our HSST trainees, and hear their thoughts about life on the HSST programme.

  • HSST COVID-19 webinars

    Here you will find the COVID-19 webinars for HSST trainees and supervisors.