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Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) is a five-year workplace-based training programme that provides opportunities for clinical scientists to train to become eligible to apply for available consultant clinical scientist posts.

Scientists entering these programmes will be trained to become the consultants of the future offering a pivotal role to meet the challenges of delivering healthcare ‘at the limits of science’.

The HSST programme is one that is entirely bespoke to you and your previous experiences. It is unlike other training programmes under the MSC umbrella in that it requires you and your employer to develop an appropriate job plan against the demands of the specialism specific curriculum.

It requires you to achieve a balance between academic learning and work-based training and to decide the level of formative evidence appropriate to meet the demands of summative assessments.

Whilst we use the word trainee for expediency, we recognise that those on the programme are experienced scientists.

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  • Applicants

    Useful information for anyone interested in applying to the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.

  • Trainees

    Information and resources to help current HSST trainees during their training.

  • Supervisors

    Useful information and guidance for HSST supervisors.

  • Employers

    Details about curriculum, funding and eligibility criteria for employers interested in the HSST.

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  • HSST Train the Trainer

    Guidance, resources and training opportunities for HSST training officers.

  • HSST research projects

    Take a look at what previous HSST trainees have submitted as their research project abstract.

  • HSST case studies

    Meet our HSST trainees and hear their thoughts about life on the programme.