As an STP trainee you will be employed by an NHS Trust (or in some cases by an NHS private partner or a private healthcare provider) for the duration of the three year programme. You will spend time in a range of settings before specialising in the last two years. To fulfil the academic part of the programme, you will complete a part-time master’s degree at the university offering your chosen specialism.

The curriculum for the programme is comprised of a series of core and scientific modules. Each of these modules is made up of two parts:

  • Academic learning delivered and assessed in the university.
  • Work-based learning and training where you develop and apply your academic and clinical knowledge and skills in the NHS workplace.
Graphic explaining the structure of the STP

Fig. Structure of the STP

The academic part of the programme

The accompanying master’s degree is theme based with specialist and generic modules eg. a MSc in Blood Science with a specialism in Clinical Biochemistry.

The generic elements include items such as: 

  • professionalism 
  • patient and carer perspectives 
  • ethics 
  • communication skills 
  • a research project.

Competition ratios 2014  - 2018

The STP is a popular programme and we have many applications each year. We have put together information on how many applicants per specialism, applied for direct entry posts from 2014 to 2018. The data shows you the number of posts available, the number of applicants and the competition ratio for each specialism.