How to become a clinical research scientist: Zahra's story

To make sure a test is fair, another scientist should be able to repeat it and get the same results.

  • As a scientist, Zahra is curious and asks lots of questions about how the world works. She wants to understand how different diseases can be treated
  • Zahra does experiments, which are scientific tests, looking at human cells under a microscope to find out more about them
  • Zahra works and studies at the University of Salford. She hopes her work will help people with problems like heart disease, and that her discoveries will help save lives.

Zahra's career path

What to expect if you want to be a clinical research scientist

  • Salary: Variable ranging from £26,000 to £99,000
  • Working hours: Average 37.5 hours a week

What qualifications do you need to be a clinical research scientist?

  • Entry requirements: Either a degree in life sciences related to medicine, or you can enter clinical science in the NHS at practitioner level by applying for the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP). You also need to complete the three-year NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme (STP)

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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