What are the HSST specialties?

Here you will find the specialties for the Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) programme.


The HSST specialties change each year based on demand from NHS departments. You will need to check whether the subject you are interested in applying to, has posts available as not all specialties are recruited to each year.


Clinical Bioinformatics

• clinical bioinformatics (genomics), • clinical bioinformatics (health informatics), • clinical bioinformatics (physical sciences)

Life Sciences

Completion of the HSST will include the requirement to achieve the Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Pathologists by examination.

• analytical toxicology, • clinical biochemistry, • clinical immunology, • clinical and laboratory transfusion, • genetics, • haematology clinical science, • histocompatibility and immunogenetics, • microbiology, • molecular pathology of acquired disease, • molecular pathology of infection, • reproductive science, • virology

Physical Sciences

• clinical biomedical engineering, • medical physics (radiotherapy physics and imaging physics), • reconstructive science

Physiological Sciences

• audiological science, • cardiac science, • gastrointestinal physiology, • neurophysiological science, • ophthalmic and vision science, • respiratory and sleep science, • urodynamic science, • vascular science


Specialties in the glossary

You can find a description of these specialties in our glossary.


Last updated on 19th January 2023