Trainees who already have a PhD, which is considered by the School to be both timely and relevant to the trainee’s pathway through the programme, 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 their exemption status, trainees must send the following information to the School within the first three months of the programme:
- 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
Generally 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 related specialty, and completed within the last ten years.
Any requests for exemption must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with an email title of HSST: C Research project exemption request.
However, trainees must be aware 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.