HSST Trainees who have a PhD, which is considered by the School to be both timely and relevant to the trainee’s pathway through HSST, are permitted to exempt themselves from completing the Research Project of Section C if they do not wish to gain the full DClinSci award.
To confirm exemption status, trainees with a PhD must send the following information to the School within three months of commencing HSST:
- Name and full contact details
- The HSST specialty
- Year of PhD award
- Awarding university
- Confirmation of award (e.g. certificate or letter from the awarding university)
- Title of PhD
- PhD abstract in full
As a general principle, it is likely that exemption from completing a research project will be granted for PhDs that are relevant to the trainee’s HSST specialty, or a cognate specialty, and completed within the last ten years.
Please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and title your email HSST: C Research project exemption request.
Trainees must note that it is not possible to gain the DClinSci award without completion of the research project and they will still be required to complete the innovation component as outlined below.