What are the entry requirements for the HSST?

Last Updated: 16th February 2021

Check that you are eligible to apply for the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.

To join the HSST programme, you must be a registered Clinical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council. You can apply to the programme if you are applying for Clinical Scientist equivalence, but you will only be eligible for interview if you can provide evidence, by the interview date, that you have submitted your equivalence portfolio. It is your responsibility to ensure registration is achieved before the start date of the programme.

You should also be able to demonstrate, meeting any additional specific selection criteria required for a particular specialism.

If you are a graduate of the Scientist Training Programme, you will normally need at least one further year of workplace experience after graduating before applying to the HSST.

Make sure to read the core person specification and advert for the HSST programme before submitting your application.

Applications now open to Biomedical Scientists

This year for the first time the programme is also open to senior Biomedical Scientists.

You may apply if you have:

  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and relevant MSc or
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or IBMS 2-part Fellowship Special Exam or
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice