Research Scientist Apprenticeship

The Research Scientist Apprenticeship at Keele University offers a specialism in analytical or biomedical science. The programme is designed to provide scientific technical knowledge and skills, alongside developing leadership qualities to equip professionals for the challenges of the modern science sector. 

Duration: 2 years.

Qualification: MSc Technical Leadership.

Application: We typically require applications 8 weeks before programme starts.

The apprenticeship programme is suitable for a range of Technicians working in the scientific sector who are looking towards, or are currently working in, an analytical or biomedical role.

  • The apprenticeship provides participants with the technical and professional skills to plan, lead and conduct scientific experiments.
  • During the programme we will also explore how to analyse scientific results and the impact of this, in the wider strategic context of your organisation and the sector.

The apprenticeship integrates a range of modules applicable to the workplace, including advanced analytical or biomedical science, data analysis, research communication and advanced decision making. This is complemented by additional components, such as leadership and management, critical appraisal, professional ethics, and reflective practice.

Examples of indicative modules include.

  • Project and processes.
  • Data analysis.
  • Research communication.
  • Research and development in analytical or biomedical science.
  • Leading teams.
  • Work project.

To complete an apprenticeship, you must be employed in an organisation with your employer's support. We typically require apprentice applications 8 weeks before programme starts and by undertaking an apprenticeship, you commit to completing the End Point Assessment (EPA).

The Research Scientist Apprenticeship typically requires.

  • Hold a degree which justifies the learning of analytical or biomedical science. Where applicants can demonstrate substantial and relevant experience, formal qualifications may be waived.
  • 2 years relevant experience in the sector.
  • GCSE Maths and English, Grade C (4) or equivalent.

We will work in partnership with you to ensure you are supported throughout the apprenticeship process.

  • Our Business Engagement Manager will provide tailored support and offer guidance on applying for an apprenticeship at Keele University, direction on eligibility and contracting, or any other questions you may have.
  • This relationship does not stop once you start an apprenticeship at Keele University. We also have dedicated Work-Based Learning Officers to guide you through the apprenticeship when you are studying on one of our programmes.
  • We offer a personalised approach to apprentices, ensuring you have the assistance you need from Keele University as your Training Provider, every step of the way.
Research Scientist Case Study

"“The jump from scientist to leader can be intimidating, but the apprenticeship gave me a safe environment to develop both analytical and managerial techniques. It has given me the confidence to be a leader and exposed me to invaluable content and networks to aid my growth as a scientific professional in the sector.”"

Kelly-Anne Harrison, Research Scientist Apprentice at Avantor.

Why Keele University?

Keele University is proud to offer a variety of apprenticeships across different sectors and specialisms. We provide a personalised approach to apprenticeships and have an evolving programme portfolio, based on employer needs through consultation.