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Clinical scientist Green Job

Clinical scientists research and develop techniques and equipment to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £68,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; on a rota

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Clinical scientist jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

There are 4 main areas of clinical science. You could work in clinical bioinformatics, life sciences, physical sciences and biomedical engineering or physiological sciences.

Depending on your area you could:

  • research, develop and test methods of diagnosing and treatment
  • collect and analyse complex data to help develop treatments
  • assess different parts of the body to diagnose abnormalities
  • advise medical staff of how to use products and equipment
  • investigate the causes of illness or death
  • study cells or diagnose and analyse blood disorders

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, in a laboratory or at a university.

You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.


You'll need a first or upper second class honours (2:1) degree in a subject related to the specialist area you want to work in. For example:

  • life sciences like biology, genetics or biochemistry
  • biomedical science
  • medical physics

Practitioner Training Programme

Alternatively, you could apply for the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) to get a degree in healthcare science.

Scientific Training Programme

Once you have your degree, you could apply for the NHS Scientific Training Programme (STP). This programme will train you to become a qualified clinical scientist with a master’s degree.

There are 2 different ways to apply for the Scientific Training Programme depending on your current circumstances.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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You might be able to start by doing a higher or degree apprenticeship.

You could do a:

  • healthcare science associate higher apprenticeship
  • healthcare practitioner degree apprenticeship
  • clinical science degree apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Further information

You can find out more about how to become a clinical scientist from Health Careers.

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With experience you could:go on to study for a PhD; apply for the NHS Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme (HSST); become a consultant or move into management; become a higher education lecturer

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of biology
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • science skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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