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 (Physical Sciences)
Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics)


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
Haematology Clinical Science
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
Molecular Pathology of Acquired Disease
Molecular Pathology of Infection
Reproductive Science


Physical Sciences Clinical Biomedical Engineering
Medical Physics (Imaging Physics and Radiotherapy 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 1st March 2024