About the application process

Last Updated: 24th September 2020

What you need to know about applying to the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.

Entry to the HSST programme requires that you have registration with the HCPC as a clinical scientist.

Applications are also welcome from those in the process of gaining equivalence. However, evidence that a portfolio for equivalence has been submitted, will be required in order to be interviewed for the programme. It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow the equivalence process, and ensure that registration is achieved before the start date of the programme.

Application routes

Posts are available in accredited training departments either as new posts created specifically for the purpose of training (direct entry) or as in-service posts, through already existing clinical scientist posts.

Direct entry route

Clinical scientists will be competitively appointed into an established HSST post in an accredited training department.

In service posts

Some clinical scientists may be benchmarked and appointed into training with the support of their employers through the in-service training route, as long as employers can demonstrate the ability to support HSST training by meeting accreditation standards.