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Clinical scientist

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Training to become a clinical scientist, I had the choice of specialising in life sciences and working in a lab, or physical sciences and working in medical physics or clinical engineering departments. I chose life science and focus on microbiology – studying bacteria and viruses to help prevent and control infections and diseases.

Top skills

An interest in science and technology and a good academic background

Excellent attention to detail

Strong analytical and experimental skills

Other specialisms that clinical science could lead to:

Blood sciences

Transplant sciences



Reproductive sciences

Medical physics

Clinical engineering

What training do I need to become a clinical scientist?

A degree in a cognate life science discipline if you want to specialise in life sciences, or a degree in a cognate physics or engineering discipline if you plan to specialise in physical sciences. Then you must complete a three-year NHS Scientist Training Programme.