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I've applied for biomedical science at uni, my top choice is Royal Holloway however the course isn't IBMS accredited. I want to become a clinical scientist after graduating, does anyone know if I need an IBMS accredited degree for this career????
Reply 1
Original post by bhumigrg26
I've applied for biomedical science at uni, my top choice is Royal Holloway however the course isn't IBMS accredited. I want to become a clinical scientist after graduating, does anyone know if I need an IBMS accredited degree for this career????

Just to add on but would I also need to do a placement year during uni???
No, you don't need an IBMS accredited course to become a clinical scientist. You need a related degree to the specialism that you're aiming for and then to look for a training post as you need a minimum of 3 years working in a clinical setting in order to get HCPC registration as a clinical scientist.

Biomedical science isn't always the best degree option, so it depends which specialism you're thinking of.

Placement years are always helpful if you can get onto one for work experience but not necessary for clinical science either.
(edited 2 months ago)
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Original post by HealthcareSci
No, you don't need an IBMS accredited course to become a clinical scientist. You need a related degree to the specialism that you're aiming for and then to look for a training post as you need a minimum of 3 years working in a clinical setting in order to get HCPC registration as a clinical scientist.

Biomedical science isn't always the best degree option, so it depends which specialism you're thinking of.

Placement years are always helpful if you can get onto one for work experience but not necessary for clinical science either.

Thank you so much for this, i was having a hard time finding some answers. Do you know what specialist areas are most benefited by a biomed degree?
Original post by bhumigrg26
Thank you so much for this, i was having a hard time finding some answers. Do you know what specialist areas are most benefited by a biomed degree?

It's not the ideal degree for any of them. The best degree is one that directly feeds into your chosen specialism (e.g. Microbiology for clinical Microbiology).

You can do them with a Biomedical Science Degree but it's a general degree that doesn't align perfectly to any.

(I am a clinical scientist with a biomedical science degree but it wasn't my initial plan. And my degree was paid for by an apprenticeship so a different situation.)
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Original post by HealthcareSci
It's not the ideal degree for any of them. The best degree is one that directly feeds into your chosen specialism (e.g. Microbiology for clinical Microbiology).

You can do them with a Biomedical Science Degree but it's a general degree that doesn't align perfectly to any.

(I am a clinical scientist with a biomedical science degree but it wasn't my initial plan. And my degree was paid for by an apprenticeship so a different situation.)

I see, is it okay if I could ask what you specialise in since you did biomed as well (even if it was an apprenticeship). I’ve seen lots about the STP and how competitive it is, do you know any extra information about the STP? Sorry if I’ve asked you a lot of questions 😅.
Original post by bhumigrg26
I see, is it okay if I could ask what you specialise in since you did biomed as well (even if it was an apprenticeship). I’ve seen lots about the STP and how competitive it is, do you know any extra information about the STP? Sorry if I’ve asked you a lot of questions 😅.

You can ask! I specialise in microbiology. But I applied to the STP with a bms degree and five years work experience (through the apprenticeship).

All the big STP information is here: Scientist Training Programme (hee.nhs.uk)
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Original post by HealthcareSci
You can ask! I specialise in microbiology. But I applied to the STP with a bms degree and five years work experience (through the apprenticeship).

All the big STP information is here: Scientist Training Programme (hee.nhs.uk)

For the stp did you have a 1st or a 2.1 or does this only apply for if you did it through uni? I’ve seen a few websites say that you need a 1st or a 2.1 to apply to the STP. What is it like working in microbiology and what does your daily routine involve with being a clinical scientist?
Original post by bhumigrg26
For the stp did you have a 1st or a 2.1 or does this only apply for if you did it through uni? I’ve seen a few websites say that you need a 1st or a 2.1 to apply to the STP. What is it like working in microbiology and what does your daily routine involve with being a clinical scientist?

You need a 2:1 or a 2:2 with a postgraduate degree (masters or phd) for the STP. That's because the STP includes a masters and so everyone on it needs to have the qualifications to join and complete the masters.

Clinical scientists can do a huge variety of things. Some embed in clinical research, some see patients, some are laboratory based and advise medical doctors, some work towards consultant.
(edited 2 months ago)
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Original post by HealthcareSci
You need a 2:1 or a 2:2 with a postgraduate degree (masters or phd) for the STP. That's because the STP includes a masters and so everyone on it needs to have the qualifications to join and complete the masters.

Clinical scientists can do a huge variety of things. Some embed in clinical research, some see patients, some are laboratory based and advise medical doctors, some work towards consultant.

So I would need to complete a master's degree or a PhD after I do my bsc degree?

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