Your HSST curriculum

Your programme is made up of a number of modules which detail the academic and work-based content, and, where appropriate, the assessment strategy for the module.


For all specialisms the HSST curriculum delivers a mastery of higher scientific knowledge and clinical and scientific competence. During the 5 year programme a trainee is required to contribute to innovation or improvement through service delivery, patient safety, care, public communication/outreach and quality management. It delivers both personal and professional development including:

  • high-level skills in leadership
  • management
  • teaching
  • values, attitudes and behaviours

All of which are appropriate for higher professional practice in the NHS.

The HSST curricula have been developed through joint working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and individual medical royal colleges, senior scientists and scientific professional bodies, employers and patients. Its underpinning academic doctoral programme has been established through joint working with the Council for Healthcare Science in Higher Education and workforce commissioners.