Scientist Training Programme 2021 recruitment statistics

Statistics relating to the recruitment of trainees to the Scientist Training Programme in 2021.

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Competition ratios per post for each specialty

Specialty Number of applications Number of direct entry posts Competition ratio
Andrology 13 2 6.5
Audiology 119 15 7.9
Cancer Genomics 388 14 27.7
Cardiac Science 601 38 15.8
Clinical Biochemistry 822 31 26.5
Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics) 174 6 29.0
Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics) 36 7 5.1
Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) 29 4 7.3
Clinical Engineering 232 20 11.6
Clinical Immunology 310 7 44.3
Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 272 12 22.7
Critical Care Science 80 7 11.4
Gastrointestinal Physiology 21 1 21.0
Genomic Counselling (formerly Genetic Counselling) 484 14 34.6
Genomics (formerly Genetics) 403 15 26.9
Haematology and Transfusion Science 114 2 57.0
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 73 7 10.4
Medical Physics 640 68 9.4
Microbiology 509 8 63.6
Neurophysiology 334 6 55.7
Reconstructive Science 32 5 6.4
Reproductive Science 353 9 39.2
Respiratory and Sleep Sciences 128 8 16.0
Vascular Science 79 14 5.6

Applicants for the STP 2021 intake were only allowed to apply to 1 specialty. This was altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the recruitment process to the programme that year.

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Ethnic demographic data for STP applicants

Ethnic group Total number of applications – 2021 * Total number of accepted offers – 2021
Any other Asian background 308 (4.93%) 8
Any other Black background 20 (0.32%) 0
Any other ethnic group 116  (1.86%) 5
Any other mixed background 67  (1.07%) <5
Any other white background 494 (7.91%) 25
Asian or Asian British – Bangladeshi 145 (2.32%) <5
Asian or Asian British – Indian 435 (6.96%) 14
Asian or Asian British – Pakistani 246 (3.94%) 5
Black or Black British – African 461 (7.38%) 15
Black or Black British – Caribbean 59 (0.94%) <5
Blank entry 190 (3.04%) <5
Chinese 133 (2.13%) 7
Mixed White and Asian 121 (1.94%) 8
Mixed White and Black African 49 (0.78%) <5
Mixed White and Black Caribbean 49 (0.78%) 8
Not Stated 93 (1.49%) <5
White British 3179 (50.90%) 197
White Irish 81 (1.30%) 7
Total 6246 315

*The percentage of applications is shown in brackets.

Changes to the 2021 recruitment process

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some changes were made to the recruitment process to enable them to continue. The altered process included:

  • no long listing or online test
  • online non competitive interviews
  • applicants could only apply to 1 specialty

Last updated on 31st May 2024