Find out how to get help with your finances - including support from the Medical School as well as UCL and other sources
We have many bursaries and scholarships – some funded by UCLMS and some by alumni, staff and other supporters – to help medical students have the best possible experience of university, in what is a really demanding and challenging 6-year course.
Students can apply for funds for emergency situations, general hardship, or to help with extra costs such as conferences, societies and other activities.
Most awards for current students can be applied for via Moodle - look for MBBS Bursaries
- Emergency bursaries
- General support bursaries
- Elective bursaries
- Conference funding
- Heller bursaries
- Medical Student Support Fund
- UCL support
- External funding
- Arthur Blagg Award
- RUMS Alumni Award
- SQUID Fund
- Start-up Support Fund
- Surgical Career Support (SCS) Grant
Prospective Student funds
These bursaries are to help with urgent unanticipated one-off costs or immediate financial commitments which cannot be met because of a significant change in circumstances. Applications can be submitted at any point during the year. Apply via Moodle (MBBS Bursaries).
General support bursaries:
the majority of our financial need bursaries are awarded through an annual application process which opens in March and closes in October each year, with awards made in November. Apply via Moodle (MBBS Bursaries).
All of our elective bursaries are awarded through an annual application process which opens in summer and closes in October each year. Awards are made in November/December. Details of externally-funded bursaries can be found on Moodle as well as our own application form (MBBS Electives).
We have some funds to assist with the costs of presenting at conferences - up to 50% of the fees and travel to a maximum of £250. You can receive funding once during the MBBS course. If conferences are during term time, you must obtain permission to be absent from the course before applying for funding. Apply via Moodle (MBBS Bursaries) for awards throughout the year.
We have a fund to assist with journeys home which might otherwise prove difficult. Contact the Student Support Manager for details. No further funds are available for travel to UCL or placement sites.
These annual bursaries are for medical students wishing to take a part-time course in arts and humanities - anything from singing classes, to language lessons to juggling will be considered! The donors, Lord and Lady Heller, hope that an extra-curricular course in arts will benefit students' well-being, help relieve the stress of an intensive medical course and provide a more rounded experience of university life. Apply via Moodle between January and June each year for awards in the autumn.
Medical Student Support Fund:
This fund is open to all medical students, with a focus on those from WP or under-represented backgrounds and those who contribute to their community in some way. Awards vary in amount depending on your need and can be for emergency situations, to help achieve a certain education-related goal, or to help those financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
To apply, email Deanne Attreed, or another UCLMS staff member, with details on your situation. The staff member will then propose the application to the Director of UCLMS for approval.
UCL also has funds and resources available to you. More information can be found on their website, including guides such as examples of managing your money, budgeting advice and how to make an appointment with an advisor.
Many other institutions have funding opportunities for medical students. Some of these require us to nominate students to them, such as:
- The George Drexler Foundation has awards available for up to 5 UCL students annually, to a maximum of £15,000 in total. Applicants must have a personal or family link with commerce. Look out for the Moodle notification from us with details each January.
- The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries also ask us to propose two Year 5 or Year 6 students each year to receive a maximum of £1000 each. Look out for the Moodle notification from us in spring.
UCLMS Community Funds
Arthur Blagg Award:
Open year-round, this fund is to provide support for student (group rather than individual) activities and initiatives. Arthur was a student at the Royal Free who sadly died during the course. He loved sports and was much loved by his many friends, who established a fund in his memory.
- Award amounts are not fixed so applications will be considered on their individual merits.
- Successful applications are likely to include: broad impacts across a significant number of students or under-represented groups, alignment to RUMS priorities, and have sustainability, community-building and connectedness at their core.
- Your application will be anonymised and sent to a panel of senior UCLMS staff to consider.
- Arthur Blagg Award application form (can apply year-round)
RUMS Alumni Award:
This fund was established by alumni to provide support for students wishing to participate in RUMS medical student societies. Individual students can apply for funding. This is aimed at widening access to societies and supporting current or prospective students who may otherwise struggle financially to participate in a society. Potential uses could be: sports equipment/clothing, travel to activities, membership subs, social events.
Points to note:
- Award amounts are not fixed so applications will be considered on their individual merits.
- Particular consideration may be given to applications from students from backgrounds currently under-represented in student societies, or those experiencing financial difficulties.
- Your application will be anonymised and sent to a panel of RUMS reps and senior UCLMS staff to consider.
- RUMS Alumni Award application form (can apply year-round)
Our Student Quality & Improvement Development Fund is to support students with innovative projects aimed at enhancing the student experience.
- Your application should address significant educational priorities, as identified by feedback, external monitoring and/or other quality review procedures.
- You must also have a named member of UCLMS staff as project supervisor.
- Awards can be up to £500.
- Full details including how to apply are on the Quality Assurance Unit’s website.
Start-up Support Fund:
This fund is for Black British male students and was generously donated by a supporter who noticed the relatively small numbers of Black British men studying medicine and wished to help address this imbalance. We worked with our African Caribbean Medics Network and designed this innovative approach to attainment and retention.
The fund aims to encourage those considering medicine as a career, and to help current students thrive during the MBBS course. You can apply year-round to the two streams:
- A £200 ‘Welcome to UCLMS’ bursary to each new Black British male student
- Support grants for your ideas and activities e.g. attending conferences and events, getting research published, educational placements, as well as unexpected need.
- Start-up Support Fund application form (apply year-round)
Prospective Student funding
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- The scholarships include a sum of £350 bursary payment and the opportunity to have all or part of your tuition fees paid for each academic year.
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- For more information and to apply, please visit: https://acergamsat.com/gamsat-scholarships
Will Sherwood Memorial Scholarship:
An entrance scholarship of £1000 to a new Year 1 MBBS student with rugby experience and aptitude.
Will was a medical student at UCH/Middlesex Medical School between 1990 and 1996 and a keen contributor to student sports, particularly rugby. He sadly died at the age of 48 and his friends established a scholarship in his memory.
Prospective students who are interested in joining RUMS Rugby upon entry, and have experience of playing rugby, can apply and selection of anonymised applications will be made by a panel.
- Will Sherwood Memorial Scholarship (by 31st December 2021)
Get in touch if you would like help in reaching out to our other supporter networks.
Please be aware that we may ask for details of your income and expenses, as well as supporting evidence - all of this means we can make careful and well thought-out decisions. Your supporting statement is really important and gives us context on your individual situation so we can help you as much as possible.
Any information you provide will be confidential and only assessed by staff as completely necessary.
It can also be invaluable to speak to someone about finance and any money worries. Money can cause considerable stress which can lead to other issues such as lack of sleep or concentration, or over-stretching yourself and we can help with all of these things.
Talk to us!
Please make an appointment with our friendly Student Support team if you are experiencing difficulties and would like to talk to someone.