BGL Training

Training at Bristol Genetics Laboratory

Bristol Genetics Laboratory (BGL) has a long and established history in training. The department is committed to providing training and continuing professional development of all members of staff.

The Training Committee oversees and coordinates all aspects of training to ensure high standards and quality of all the training delivered across the department. There are regular seminars covering a variety of current topics in genetics, while technical and teaching seminars complement the training schemes for both scientists and technical staff.

The laboratory is accredited as a Training Centre by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) for STP and HSST programmes.

The Bristol Genetics Laboratory provides workplace training for the following Modernising Scientific Careers training programmes:  Scientist Training programme (STP) (Genomics, Bioinformatics-Genomics and Cancer Genomics), and the Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) in Genetic Science, Molecular Pathology of Acquired Disease and Bioinformatics –Genomic Science.

The Scientist Training Programme involves a salaried training position for three years and includes rotations into other life science disciplines and a research project; it runs alongside a part time MSc.  Recruitment is managed nationally by the NSHCS and starts in January for training to begin in September.  All posts are advertised at

The Higher Specialist Scientific Training is a five year scheme.   Trainees work as Clinical Scientists while training.  Completion of this programme confers eligibility to apply for posts as a Consultant Clinical Scientist and entry onto the Higher Specialist Scientific Register.

The Bristol Genetics Laboratory participates in the training and assessment of other healthcare professionals, including Specialist Registrars in Clinical Genetics, Fetal Medicine, and Haematology. Study days are hosted for groups of healthcare professionals, such as midwives, specialist nurses, genetic counsellors and biomedical scientists.

The Bristol Genetics Laboratory (BGL) also has links with local Universities (University of Bristol and University of West England) to provide undergraduate lectures and research affiliations.

For any enquiries please contact the Bristol Genetics Laboratory at with 'training' in the subject line.

Last updated: 30/07/2019