Graphic showing what happens in the first year of the STP

Fig. STP What happens in the first year?

University - Your MSc in Clinical Science

You will be taught and assessed for your MSc in Clinical Science at the university responsible for delivering the MSc for your particular specialty. Your Masters programme is made up of 180 academic learning credits, 70 of which are devoted to a research project. The remaining 110 credits include your core, rotational and specialty modules.

Workplace - Your work-based learning

Your work-based learning will be completed through your employer (sometimes as part of a consortium of employers and training providers) where you will follow a training plan that you will develop and agree with your Training Officer. Additionally, as an employee of the NHS, you will also be required to complete mandatory training in essential areas such as equality and diversity, data protection and health and safety.

Graphic showing what happens in the workplace on the STP

Fig. STP What happens in the workplace?

The first year

In your first year you will complete:

  • A work-based induction, work-based mandatory training, work-based core modules and a series of rotational work-based placements.
  • A set of broad introductory MSc modules at your university, covering topics across your healthcare science theme – either life sciences, physiological sciences, physical sciences or bioinformatics.

You will have a set of MSc examinations in the May-June period of your first year and you will also need to start thinking about ideas for your research project.

Graphic showing what happens after the first year in the STP

Fig. STP What happens after the first year?

The second year

In the second year your learning and training will focus on your chosen specialty.

  • At your university you will study a series of specialty modules; you will you will start your research project and you will sit a set of MSc examinations in the May – June period.
  • In the workplace your training will focus on your chosen specialty and the work-based requirements of your specialty modules.
  • Mid-way through your second year you will be required to engage with and receive a successful outcome from your Mid-term Review of Progression (MRP).

The third year

  • At your university, you will finish your specialty modules and your research project and you will complete your final MSc examinations in the May – June period.
  • In the workplace, you will complete the work-based requirements of your specialty modules and you will negotiate a work-based elective placement.
  • Your third year is the year of your Objective Structured Final Assessment (OSFA). You will have the opportunity to experience a mock OSFA in the spring of your third year and you will sit your live OSFA – which is your exit assessment – in July.
  • By the September of your third year you will be required to complete 100% of the competencies and assessments that are required across your work-based modules. Your evidence for these assessments is submitted and assessed inside your e-portfolio.