Are you graduating with a STEM degree? NHS Scientist Training programme 2023 now open.

If you would like to work in public health the NHS is now advertising for the Scientist Training Programme to begin in 2023 (deadline 23 January at 4pm).

Take a good look at the programme, its named Scientist Training Programme but there are options for a lot of graduates from a huge range of degrees.

What is it?

This is a three-year funded programme that involves work-based learning in an NHS hospital alongside gaining a master’s degree from an accredited university as you work and gain a salary.

Due to the extensive variation in degrees, there isn’t a definitive list of relevant degrees but the most commonly accepted degrees are outlined under 3 sections, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Physiological Sciences. Some courses appear and are relevant to more than one section. For example, Life Sciences mentions Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Medicine.

Physical Sciences mentions Computer Science, Data Science, Maths and Software engineering and Physiological Sciences mentions Biology, Engineering, Nursing and Sports Science ( if there is sufficient Science).

If you successfully get through the initial application stages, the national shortlisting panels will judge which applicants closely match the Person Specification.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for applications is 23 Janaury, 4pm. Don’t miss out.

How competitive is the process?

This is a highly competitive application process, there are 400 positions and last year they had 7000 applications. They expect you to pick one specialism that you are most interested in and apply to the hospital in an area that you are willing and able to move to and live for 3 years, starting from September 2023.

How can I find out more and apply?

There is a lot of information to take on and an online seminar or webinar which is very handy in going through the process of application and what is expected of you.

It’s a chance to put into practice all the skills you have developed over your degree study. When applying answer the questions fully, provide evidence, write in a structured way, look at the marking criteria (i.e. look up the job description and adjust your answers to fit it), think about engagement, working in teams and professionalism.

A good application will take time to write, so look through all the help on the site in detail and apply well in advance of the deadline.

What support can I get for my application

If you need help with this please book a Careers Appointment on Careers Connect.

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Dan Archer • 17/01/2023

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