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Our Medicine MBBS (5 year) and Medicine MBBS (4 year graduate entry) programmes are supported by NHS Student Bursaries. This means that medical students may not have to pay for some year(s) of study at St George’s. The funding available depends on the course studied.

Medicine MBBS (5 year)

The following non-repayable NHS funding is available for year five (years five and six for students who intercalate):

  • non-income assessed tuition fee grant available to English students

  • non-income assessed £1,000* grant for living costs available to English students

  • income assessed bursary for living costs available to English students (please visit the NHS Bursary website for more details).

Medicine MBBS (4 year graduate entry)

The following non-repayable NHS funding is available for years two, three and four:

  • partial non-income assessed tuition fee grant of £3,715* available to English students (you can apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan for the remaining £5,535*)

  • non-income assessed £1,000* grant for living costs available to English students

  • income assessed bursary for living costs available to English students (please visit the NHS Bursary website for more details).

*Please note that these figures are based on the arrangements in place at the time of writing and may be subject to change.

If you normally live in Northern IrelandScotland or Wales, please visit your local student finance website for information about any government support you may be eligible for.

Receiving your NHS funding

Medicine MBBS students apply for NHS bursary support in the spring/summer prior to the relevant year(s) of study. Eligible students will receive the non-income assessed grant and income assessed bursary in monthly instalments to their nominated personal bank account. The NHS tuition fee grant will be paid directly to the university.

Additional financial support for NHS-funded years of study

NHS

Extra non-repayable financial help is available from NHS Student Bursaries if you:

  • have a disability or specific learning difference

  • have children

  • financially support an adult dependant.

Assistance with practice placement expenses is also available to students who are eligible for the income assessed NHS bursary.

Student Finance England

Medicine MBBS students can also apply to Student Finance England for a non-income assessed reduced rate maintenance loan for each NHS-funded year of study.

The 2021/22 annual rates are:

  • living away from the parental home, in London—£3,558 (full year), £2,724 (final year)

  • living in the parental home—£1,902 (full year), £1,443 (final year).

Maintenance loan payments are made directly to students in three termly instalments.

Further information and how to apply

Medicine students will need to apply to NHS Student Bursaries in the spring/summer prior to the relevant year(s) of study.

Please visit the NHS Student Bursaries website to check your eligibility and for further details.

Support for non-NHS funded years of study (MBBS)

Medicine MBBS 5 year students can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for a full tuition fee loan for each non-NHS funded year of study (years 1 to 4). Please note that previous study at Higher Education level may affect entitlement.  Graduates on the MBBS5 programme will not be eligible for the SFE tuition fee loan and will need to self-fund the tuition fees for the first four years of the course.

Medicine MBBS 4 year graduate entry students are required to self-fund the first £3,465 of the first year’s tuition fee. A tuition fee loan of £5,535 is available from Student Finance England for the remainder.

In addition, MBBS students in a non-NHS funded year of study can apply to Student Finance England for an income assessed maintenance loan. Grants for dependants and Disabled Students’ Allowances are also available to eligible students.

Medicine MBBS 5 year students in non-NHS funded years of study may also be considered for our university bursary, the St George’s Opportunity Fund Grant. This bursary is available to SFE-funded students who are undertaking their first degree. Other previous study may also affect entitlement.

Please visit our student loans and grants and bursaries pages for more information.

NHS Bursary Reforms - funding arrangements for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional courses from academic year 2017/18

From 1 August 2017 the student loans system replaced NHS Student Bursaries for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional courses. This affects:

  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (adult, child, learning disability, mental health)

  • Midwifery/Registered Midwife and Midwifery/Registered Midwife for registered nurses

  • BSc Physiotherapy

  • BSc Radiography, Diagnostic

  • BSc Radiography, Therapeutic

  • BSc Occupational Therapy.

Usually students with an equivalent level qualification are not entitled to student finance, however an exception to this rule applies to the above courses. Students undertaking these courses as a second undergraduate degree can apply for the standard student finance package, just like students studying for a first degree.

Current students who commenced their course prior to 1 August 2017 are unaffected by these changes and can continue to apply for NHS Student Bursaries for the subsequent years of their course.

Additional information

Under the student finance system students can apply for loans to support their tuition fee and living costs. The income assessed maintenance loan is calculated using the course term dates, so offers additional support to students on courses that have a longer than average academic year.

Students can also apply for income assessed grants for dependants, for example Childcare Grant, Adult Dependants Grant and Parents’ Learning Allowance, if applicable. Non-income assessed Disabled Students’ Allowances are also available.

Support

Although there have been changes to the national funding arrangements in recent years, St George’s, University of London and Kingston University continue to provide quality education and training to support your career goals.

Students may also be eligible to apply for additional grants and bursaries offered through both Universities.

For more detail on the latest changes and how the student loans system operates, please visit GOV.uk and The Funding Clinic.

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