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NHS bursaries

Overview

If you’re studying medicine, dentistry or a healthcare course in England, you may be eligible for an annual payment from the NHS to help with your study and living costs (known as a ‘bursary’).

You don’t have to pay your NHS bursary back.

What you'll get

If you’re a full-time NHS student starting a degree course after 1 September 2012, you can apply for:

  • a bursary from the NHS (based on household income)
  • a £1,000 grant from the NHS
  • a reduced Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England

If you’re an eligible part-time student, you can apply for:

  • a reduced bursary from the NHS
  • a reduced grant from the NHS

The amount you get depends on the length of your course. Check how much you could get with the NHS Award Estimate Calculator.

Tuition fees

If you’re eligible for an NHS bursary, the NHS pays your standard tuition fees. Your course tuition fees are paid directly to your university.

If you’re doing the graduate-entry accelerated medical or dental programme you can get £3,465 of your tuition costs paid with an NHS bursary in years 2 to 4 of your programme.


Further information on NHS Bursaries, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the Government webpage or directly through the NHS

Medical students can also find course specific information on the UCL Medical School's website.

Click here to view the 2016/17 guide to NHS Student Bursaries.