About the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme

The Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) is a five-year funded programme supported by a Doctoral level academic award.


The programme has 52 days per annum allocated for study leave and a requirement to attend a relevant University, in line with the teaching/delivery timetable. The expectation is that trainees will be employed normally in a full-time role, as a minimum at Agenda for Change Band 7.

Key features of the programme

  • Registration as a clinical scientist or biomedical scientist being a pre-requisite.
  • A work-based and academic training programme aimed at developing consultant scientist level skills and qualifications.
  • The incorporation into the training programme of all or part of a professional doctorate award according to trainee previous experience and qualifications and comprising modules in:
    • High level scientific and clinical knowledge
    • Leadership and professionalism
    • Research and innovation

The design of the HSST programme is underpinned by Good Scientific Practice – which sets out the principles, values and the standards of behaviour and practice for the healthcare science workforce. These are visionary programmes and are aimed at producing tomorrow’s consultant scientists, capable of meeting the scientific needs of the healthcare system.

Last updated on 1st March 2024