HTML version of Competition ratios for direct entry posts on the Scientist Training Programme (2014-2018)

Competition ratios for direct entry posts on the Scientist Training Programme (2014-2018)

Last Updated: 10th December 2020

The STP is a popular programme which has many applications each year. The following data provides evidence of how many applications to every post, there were for each of the specialisms.

2018 data for applications per post

Overall in 2018 there were 20 applications to every STP direct entry post.

Specialism Number of applications Number of direct entry posts Competition ratio
Andrology 90 2 45
Audiology 104 13 8
Cardiac Science 541 35 15.5
Clinical Biochemistry 566 19 29.8
Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics) 135 9 15.0
Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics) 45 3 15.0
Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) 39 6 6.5
Clinical Engineering 234 14 16.7
Clinical Immunology 237 3 79.0
Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 191 9 21.2
Critical Care Science 0 0 0
Gastrointestinal Physiology 40 3 13.3
Cancer Genomics 414 9 46.0
Genomic Counselling (formerly Genetic Counselling) 435 15 29.0
Genomics (formerly Genetics) 520 13 40.0
Haematology and Transfusion Science 265 8 33.1
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 107 6 17.8
Histopathology 0 0 0
Medical Physics 509 67 7.6
Microbiology 317 3 105.7
Neurophysiology 207 7 29.6
Reproductive Science 336 9 37.3
Respiratory and Sleep Sciences 108 9 12.0
Urodynamic Science 0 0 0
Reconstructive Science 49 8 6.1
Ophthalmic and Vision Science 32 4 8.0
Vascular Science 197 10 19.7

2017 data for applications per post

Overall in 2017 there were 21 applications to every STP direct entry post.

Specialism Number of applications Number of direct entry posts Competition ratio
Andrology 79 2 40
Audiology 152 20 8
Cardiac Science 519 33 16
Clinical Biochemistry 656 18 36
Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics) 182 9 20
Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics) 56 3 19
Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) 44 5 9
Clinical Engineering 247 16 15
Clinical Immunology 280 3 93
Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 154 6 26
Critical Care Science 54 4 14
Gastrointestinal Physiology 29 6 5
Genomic Counselling (formerly Genetic Counselling) 390 11 35
Genomics (formerly Genetics) 660 19 35
Haematology and Transfusion Science 225 3 75
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 85 2 43
Histopathology 88 2 44
Medical Physics 546 64 9
Microbiology 340 3 113
Neurophysiology 260 7 37
Reproductive Science 275 7 39
Respiratory and Sleep Sciences 119 5 24
Urodynamic Science 8 1 8
Vascular Science 138 10 14

2016 data for applications per post

Overall in 2016 there were 22 applications to every STP direct entry post.

Specialism Number of applications Number of direct entry posts Competition ratio
Audiology 129 12 11
Cardiac Science 546 25 22
Clinical Biochemistry 648 21 31
Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics) 181 11 16
Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics) 35 1 35
Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) 42 8 5
Clinical Engineering 199 8 25
Clinical Immunology 323 4 81
Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 153 3 51
Gastrointestinal Physiology 26 4 7
Genomic Counselling (formerly Genetic Counselling) 368 15 25
Genomics (formerly Genetics) 766 24 32
Haematology and Transfusion Science 334 8 42
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 85 3 28
Histopathology 93 2 47
Medical Physics 504 62 8
Microbiology 442 9 49
Neurophysiology 272 8 34
Reproductive Science 283 7 40
Respiratory and Sleep Sciences 152 10 15
Urodynamic Science 8 1 8
Vascular Science 179 12 15

2015 data for applications per post

Overall in 2015 there were 26 applications to every STP direct entry post.

Specialism Number of applications Number of direct entry posts Competition ratio
Audiology 246 25 9
Cardiac Science 687 19 36
Clinical Biochemistry 871 19 45
Clinical Engineering 246 8 30
Clinical Immunology 396 2 99
Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 211 5 42
Critical Care Science 54 3 27
Gastrointestinal Physiology 44 2 22
Genetics 879 23 38
Genomics 252 13 19
Haematology and Transfusion Science 268 1 134
Health Informatics 57 2 19
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 205 7 29
Medical Physics 606 72 8
Microbiology 516 3 172
Neurophysiology 294 6 42
Physical Sciences and Engineering 91 2 22
Reconstructive Science 71 6 11
Reproductive Science 353 7 50
Respiratory and Sleep Sciences 140 6 8

2014 data for applications per post

Overall in 2014 there were 31 applications to every STP direct entry post.

Specialism Number of applications Number of direct entry posts Competition ratio
Audiology 274 22 12
Cardiac Science 1054 33 32
Clinical Biochemistry 1254 21 60
Clinical Engineering 298 18 17
Clinical Immunology 438 5 88
Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 254 5 51
Critical Care Science 45 4 11
Cytopathology 57 1 57
Gastrointestinal Physiology 58 2 29
Genetics 954 17 56
Genomics 209 8 26
Haematology and Transfusion Science 446 3 149
Health Informatics 61 4 15
Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics 151 2 76
Histopathology 126 1 126
Medical Physics 674 66 10
Microbiology 779 7 111
Neurophysiology 333 6 56
Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 136 6 23
Reconstructive Science 58 4 15
Reproductive Science 335 4 84
Respiratory and Sleep Sciences 196 5 39
Urodynamic Science 30 3 10
Vascular Science 212 5 42