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Essential guidance

Post information


Postgraduate training for the STP leads to a specifically commissioned and accredited master's degree and certification of achievement of work based training following one of 22 themed pathways:

  • Audiology
  • Cardiac Science
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics)
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics)
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences)
  • Clinical Engineering including: Rehabilitation Engineering, Clinical Measurement and Development and Device Risk Management and Governance
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutical Science
  • Critical Care Science (not in 2016)
  • Cytopathology (not in 2016)
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology
  • Genomics (formerly Genetics)
  • Genomic Counselling (formerly Genetic Counselling)
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
  • Histopathology
  • Medical Physics including: Imaging with Ionising Radiation, Imaging Non Ionising Radiation, Radiation Safety Physics and Radiotherapy Physics
  • Neurophysiology
  • Ophthalmic and Vision Science (not in 2016)
  • Reconstructive Science (not in 2016)
  • Reproductive Science
  • Respiratory and Sleep Sciences
  • Urodynamic Science
  • Vascular Science

A full outline of specialisms can be found on the Health Careers website.

Please ensure you check the post location document on these webpages as not all specialisms will have posts available every year.

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STP available positions

Available posts may be subject to change during the recruitment process, so check this information on a regular basis to ensure you have the most up to date position details when making your application.

University details for STP

Various universities around the UK offer specialisms for the STP.

Additional information regarding university specialisms

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Open days

All open days for the STP programme have now finished.

Application process

Applications open from January with adverts appearing on this website, the online application portal and in the New Scientist magazine online and hard copy. The application period will be open for four weeks.

Applicants are required to complete an online application form designed for the STP recruitment process, this is for both direct entry and in service candidates.

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Applicants must have an honours degree (1st or 2:1) in a pure or applied science area relevant to the specialism for which they are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2:2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in the specialism for which they are applying.

For all applicants, evidence of research experience (e.g. in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of scientific and academic capability), is considered desirable.

Further information about eligibility and accepted qualifications is available on the Health Careers website.

Direct entry process

Applicants can apply for the STP via the direct entry process as an external candidate. This process is for applicants who are applying from outside the NHS and do not have a substantive employment contract in the NHS. NHS employees who want to apply as a direct entry applicant will need to resign from their substantive post if they are successfully recruited.

Direct entry applicants follow the whole programme full-time (except for any exemptions).

In service process

The in service route is for internal NHS applicants who are sponsored by their department to undertake the STP. Successful applicants will continue to work for their employer throughout the programme, but will be released from service duties as appropriate to undertake the training.

Successful applicants follow the whole programme (except for any exemptions). 

The recruitment process

How to apply

Please make sure you apply for the right vacancy

Please make sure you apply against the right vacancy, if you are a direct entry applicant you cannot apply to the in-service vacancy - the in-service vacancy is labelled as "Post type: Healthcare Science - In Service". If you are a direct entry applicant you will need to apply to the other vacancy that is not labelled as 'In Service'. Please visit the applicant guidance for clarification between direct entry and in service entry. Please note most applicants are likely to be direct entry as in service applicants will be internal to the NHS and be already working for in the department of the specialism they want to specialise in and be sponsored by their employer. Direct entry applicants will need to apply to the vacancy that is not labelled as the post type of “In service”.

Please click on the following link to apply:

Please note direct entry closes at 1700 hours on Friday 12th February 2016


Interview process

The interview process is based on an established methodology which has been evaluated and recognised as a proven method for the selection of the best applicants.

  • Each applicant progresses through a number of interview stations and each station has two interviewers
  • The questions used at each station are designed with input from the relevant Professional Bodies and senior scientists, and normally cover leadership, motivation and understanding of healthcare science services and patient care, scientific skills and understanding, values and behaviours and knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism
  • The interviewers also score the applicants for their communication skills
  • Average scores from the panels are used to rank applicants and a threshold set to select the required number of highest scoring applicants to fill the places available
  • Successful applicants are employed by an NHS Trust after successfully going through the relevant employment checks and references. Training starts in September and new trainees are required to attend a Trainee Induction Day held by the School in Birmingham.

Places on the STP are offered on condition that the applicant passes the required employment checks. Applicants are advised not to resign from any current post until they receive in writing an unconditional offer and contract confirming their post, start date and terms and conditions of employment from their employing Trust.

What applicants can expect at interview


Interview timetable

Offers and allocations

Please note: the shortlisting and interview scores will be available on Oriel in due course.


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