Financial support for medicine students

If you are an undergraduate studying medicine, the financial support available to you depends on which year of the course you are in and whether it is your first or second degree.

Studying medicine as your first undergraduate degree

Tuition fees

  • In your first four years of study, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the government.
  • In your fifth year and further years of study, your tuition fees will be paid by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Living costs

You can apply to the government for a maintenance loan during your first four years of study. In years three and four, you'll have a longer academic year due to practice placements. If you receive the means-tested part of the maintenance loan, you'll be entitled to additional loan to cover these extra weeks.

In your fifth year and further years of study you can apply to the NHS for a non means-tested grant of £1,000. You may also be eligible for an additional means-tested bursary. You can also apply to Student Finance for a reduced-rate maintenance loan for living costs. For 2019/20, the maximum reduced-rate loan is £1,862 for a final year of study and £2,389 for a continuing year.

Studying medicine as your second undergraduate degree

Tuition fees

  • Second degree students on the five-year MB ChB Medicine programme are not entitled to a tuition fee loan from the government. You will liable for the first four years' tuition fees yourself.
  • In your fifth year and further years of study, your tuition fees will be paid by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Living costs

You can apply to the government for a maintenance loan during your first four years of study. In years three and four, you'll have a longer academic year due to practice placements. If you receive the means-tested part of the maintenance loan, you'll be entitled to additional loan to cover these extra weeks.

In your fifth year and further years of study you can apply to the NHS for a non means-tested grant of £1,000. You may also be eligible for an additional means-tested bursary. You can also apply to Student Finance for a reduced-rate maintenance loan for living costs. For 2019/20, the maximum reduced-rate loan is £1,862 for a final year of study and £2,389 for a continuing year.

Your initial Student Finance assessment may suggest that there is no available funding from the government. Don’t worry because when your application is picked up by an assessor, the £0.00 funding will change and you'll be assessed for financial support based on your household income.

Second-degree students who live in Wales are not eligible for maintenance grants for living costs from Student Finance Wales, but can still apply for the maintenance loan for their first four years of study.

For further information:

Applying for funding

Where you apply for financial support depends on where you normally live when you're not at university.

NHS funding

You need to apply for your NHS funding; it isn't automatic. The NHS Business Services Authority's student website contains useful information about how to apply for your funding.

Other sources of funding

  • If you receive the NHS means-tested bursary, you can claim for practice placement expenses such as travel and accommodation. Download a guide to completing the PPE form.
  • Current students who are experiencing financial difficulty can apply to the University Financial Assistance Fund.
  • The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund provides information about medical support for medical students.
  • The NHS hardship grant is for medical students who have exhausted all other sources of financial help and still require additional support.

University of Bristol Bursary

UK undergraduate students will automatically be considered for funding from the University of Bristol Bursary.

Second-degree students are not eligible for this bursary. The University of Bristol bursary isn't paid in the NHS-funded years of your course.

Intercalation

Find out more about the funding available during the intercalation year of your course.

Funding enquiries or money worries

Undergraduate and general funding queries:
student-funding@bristol.ac.uk

Postgraduate funding queries:
pg-funding@bristol.ac.uk

Call our Information Point:
Tel:+44 (0)117 428 3000

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