Working Towards Registered Scientist

Male scientist building a robot
It takes more than a qualification to become a registered professional scientist. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of their competences: skills gained through experience alongside learning.

If you’re a science undergraduate that is on or has completed a year in industry, or if you’re a graduate in their first science job, the Working Towards RSci programme can help you connect your experience in the workplace to what’s expected of a professional scientist.

Registered Scientist (RSci) for students

The Working Towards RSci programme uses the standards and competences expected of a full Registered Scientist to provide a framework for you to build and develop your workplace skills: giving you the tools to identify where to improve and grow your experience.

When you sign up, you receive:

  1. A printed handbook in the post, which provides guidance on how to identify opportunities for professional development and lots of space for notes! Here’s an excerpt to get a flavour of what the handbook contains.
  2. A status you can include on your CV, conferred by the Science Council.
  3. Evidence of your employability: proof that you take initiative and examples you can bring to job applications and interviews.

This programme will help you build a body of evidence to use in job interviews. In a competitive environment, where lots of people have degrees and masters, you will be able to stand out from the crowd and provide potential employers with evidence of your competence and skill to do the job they’re hiring for.

It costs £15 to sign up, which also gives you exclusive access to ongoing advice and support with your professional development.

“Having something on your CV that stands out from other applicants, in addition to academic qualifications, is always an advantage and something I will continue to update in the future,”

Suzanne Davies RSci, who completed a placement year at PepsiCo and is now employed by the company

To be eligible for the programme, you need to be in some form of employment, or in your final year of study having previously completed a year in industry. If you’re not sure if your employment experience is relevant, drop us a line at

The Working Towards RSci programme will set you on the path to applying for full Registered Scientist status. It may take a few months, it may take longer, depending on the level of experience you’re able to gain over time, and the Science Council team is here to help you every step of the way.

So what are you waiting for?

Sign up now to the Working Towards RSci programme!