What are the STP specialties?

The Scientist Training Programme specialties are based around the following themes.


The specialties change each year based on demand from NHS departments. You will need to check whether the subject you are interested in has posts available to apply to, as not all specialties are recruited to each year.


Life Sciences

• andrology, • cancer genomics, • clinical biochemistry, • clinical bioinformatics genomics, • clinical immunology, • clinical microbiology, • embryology, • genomics, • genomic counselling, • haematology and transfusion science, • histocompatibility and immunogenetics, • histopathology

Physical Sciences

• clinical engineering, • clinical informatics, • clinical scientific computing, • medical physics (radiation safety and diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy physics, nuclear medicine, imaging with non-ionising radiation) • pharmaceutical sciences, • reconstructive science

Physiological Sciences

• audiology, • cardiac science, • critical care science, • gastrointestinal physiology, • neurophysiology, • ophthalmic and vision sciences, • respiratory and sleep science, • urodynamic science, • vascular science


Healthcare science specialties explained

We have more information about each of the specialties in our ‘Healthcare science specialties explained’ section.


Specialties in the glossary

You can find a description of these specialties in our glossary.


Last updated on 19th January 2023