Routes into the programme

Last Updated: 30th October 2020

There are two routes of admission onto the Scientist Training Programme.

Direct entry

The Direct Entry route is open to anyone with at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant science (or a 2:2 with a relevant master’s degree). You will complete the full-time three year programme (except for any exemptions) and be employed by an NHS Trust. Your fixed term training contract will be salaried at AfC Band 6 per annum. You can apply to a maximum of two specialisms and choose multiple locations/employers as is available for the individual specialism.

In-service entry

The In-Service route is open only to existing NHS employees in a science department, who meet the qualification requirements and are nominated by their employer. You must already be working in your chosen specialism and your employer must already have the following in place

  • A nomination from your current employer for the STP
  • Arrangements for training with your current employer

You will need an ‘in-service code’ from your employer to complete your application to one of the in-service posts.

Don’t forget if you currently work in the NHS but do not have the in-service arrangements in place, you must apply to the STP via a direct entry post.

Principles for in-service training routes

If you wish to know more this document will provide guidance for:

  • current NHS employees who wish to apply for the Scientist Training Programme (STP) while retaining their substantive post
  • employers wishing to put forward an existing employee for the STP
  • commissioners considering applications for the STP, from existing NHS employees