What are the HSST specialties?

These are the specialties for the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.

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


Physiological Sciences

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


Life Sciences

analytical toxicology, clinical biochemistry, clinical immunology, clinical and laboratory transfusion, genetics, haematology (haemostasis and thrombosis, haemato-oncology and transfusion), histocompatibility and immunogenetics, microbiology, molecular pathology of acquired disease, molecular pathology of infection, reproductive science, virology

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

Physical Sciences

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


Clinical Bioinformatics

clinical bioinformatics – genomics, clinical bioinformatics – health informatics, clinical bioinformatics – physical sciences

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Specialisms in the glossary

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

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Last updated on 21st February 2022