Training in haematology

To work as a consultant in haematology, you can begin your career as a medical doctor or as a clinical scientist. Medically-qualified doctors need to complete specialty training in haematology, while clinical scientists will need to complete Higher Specialty Specific Training (HSST) in haematology or transfusion science. 

The medical route

What are the entry requirements?

Recruitment will be after completion of two years of Internal Medicine Training (indicative two years of IM stage 1 training), Acute Care Common Stem Medicine – Internal Medicine (ACCS-IM) or Paediatric Level 1 training (indicative 3 years). Completion of core training will be evidenced by satisfactory:

  • Foundation competences
  • IMT (2 years) or ACCS-IM (3 years) or Paediatric Level 1 training (3 years)
  • Full MRCP(UK) (Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians UK) or MRCPCH (Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health).

How long will it take?

Training in Haematology will usually be completed in five years of full-time training.

What will my training cover?

Haematology is a group 2 specialty and is entered at ST3 on completion of two years of Internal Medicine (IM) stage 1, or 3 years of Acute Care Common Stem – Internal Medicine (ACCS-IM) with full MRCP(UK) diploma, or 3 years of paediatric level 1 training with MRCPCH. Trainees will undertake an indicative 5-year higher specialist training programme and complete the Part 1 & Part 2 FRCPath examinations.

What exams will I need to take?

To complete your training, you’ll be required to pass the following.

  • FRCPath Part 1 in Haematology – this aims to determine whether you have successfully acquired a core body of knowledge that will underpin your ability to practise in Haematology.
  • FRCPath Part 2 in Haematology – this is designed to test your practical skills and understanding, and show that you can apply your expertise appropriately and safely.

For further information about the format of exams, visit our exams pages.

The science route

To train to be a consultant clinical scientist specialising in haematology, you’ll first need to become a qualified clinical scientist. You can then enter Higher Specialty Specific Training – or HSST – in haematology.