NHS bursaries

If you're planning to study medicine, dentistry, some healthcare subjects, or social work, the funding you're entitled to may be different from the standard package of funding available to other students.

In some cases, you may be entitled to extra funding on top of the standard finance package, and in other cases you'll receive different funding altogether.

Please note that information relating to 2016/17 entry is still to be confirmed by Government; the information below relates to 2015/16 entry and is provided for guidance.  

Up to date information can be found on the NHS Student Bursaries website so please keep an eye on this for the latest developments.

Medicine and dentistry

If you're taking a first degree in medicine or dentistry you can apply for the standard government loans and support package for the first four years of your course.

From year five onwards, you may be eligible instead for the NHS student bursary scheme.

Healthcare professional courses

If you're taking some healthcare courses (including nursing and midwifery courses) you may be eligible throughout your course for the means-tested NHS student bursary.

2015/16 entrants on nursing, midwifery and radiography degrees, were able to apply for the NHS financial support package which consisted of:

  • a full tuition fee waiver
  • a means-tested cash bursary (based on their household income)
  • a reduced rate of living cost loan (not based on their household income)
  • a non means-tested cash grant

Social work degrees

For 2015/16 entrants, certain UK students studying towards a degree in social work also qualified for living cost support from the NHS. The Department of Health information stated that selected students undertaking undergraduate level courses would receive a social work bursary in years two and three of their programme.

For up to date information for 2016/17 entry please visit the NHS Social Work Bursaries website

More details of the NHS student bursary scheme can be found at: