It includes within it structured elements with an emphasis on the candidate acquiring skills relevant to professional practice, in addition to producing original research.

It allows individuals to situate professional knowledge developed over time in a theoretical academic framework. It includes a research project embedded within the candidate’s profession.

The Doctoral award

This Doctoral level academic programme will formalise and facilitate the development of clinical scientists through HSST as they:

  • Create and interpret new knowledge, through original research scholarship requiring advanced academic enquiry;
  • Systematically acquire and apply a substantial body of scientific and clinical knowledge at the forefront of their specialism and embrace the future scientific and technological advances within the field;
  • Systematically acquire, develop and apply the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment as a consultant clinical scientist or equivalent, requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and taking largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations.

The five-year programme will equate to 540 credits split across the three sections of the programme namely Leadership and Professional Development, Specialist Scientific Clinical Programme and Research, Development and Innovation and will develop the knowledge, skills, experience, behaviours and attitudes required of a clinical leader in an evolving and rapidly developing health and life sciences sector.

The doctoral-level programme will be designed in a modular format, and although successful completion of the totality of the programme will lead to the award of a professional doctorate, it is not an essential requirement for those in the life sciences where clinical scientists in HSST must obtain the FRCPath and the learning outcomes of HSST including the ICS project to achieve the CCHSST.

Medical Physics expert programme

For those trainees following the Medical Physics Expert Programme only (MPE) the delivery of the doctoral programme will be such that trainees can complete the MPE modules within the first 12 months of their two-year programme. For HSST trainees following the MPE with the professional doctorate MPE modules will be completed in year one (three modules) and year two (one module).

Life Sciences HSST Trainees

Life sciences HSST trainees may complete all or part of the DClinSci but, although encouraged, this is not mandatory providing they can meet all of the HSST requirements via another route. Life Scientists should also be aware of the agreement reached between MAHSE and RCPath to facilitate a trainee who wishes to follow a dual track qualifications pathway for completion of FRCPath and DClinSci.

Following an agreement reached with the Royal College of Pathologists, for Trainees in Life Sciences specialisms, successful completion of FRCPath part 1 can be used to demonstrate the scientific specialist knowledge required for the Doctorate. Similarly the research project undertaken as part of the Professional Doctorate can be used to demonstrate the required research competencies for FRCPath part 2.

MAHSE HSST consortium

HEE has engaged the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) consortium to deliver this programme for HSST following a rigorous tendering and assessment process.

The MAHSE HSST consortium consists of the following partner institutions: 

  • Aston University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester (lead university)

The innovative consortium model will allow the inclusion of new provider partners where required. This is an underpinning doctoral level academic programme.

Full details of the doctoral programme can be found in the programme specification. Further information on the academic component of the HSST programme and the possible recognition of prior experiential learning (APEL) can be obtained directly from the MAHSE administrative office or by telephone at 0161 275 1454.