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NHS Bursary students

Funding is available if you are studying to become a doctor or dentist and you are:

  • studying a 5 or 6-year undergraduate course (you can apply from year 5)
  • studying a 3 or 4-year graduate-entry course (you can apply from year 2)
  • a returning NHS Bursary student and started your course before 1 August 2017

An intercalation year taken in the first 4 years of an undergraduate medical degree may count towards your qualifying year of study for NHS Bursary funding, if you undertook one at either bachelor's or master's level.

Intercalation years taken at PhD level will not be included.

What you will get

If you are an eligible full-time student, you can apply for a:

  • non-means tested grant of £1,000 per academic year
  • tuition fee contribution
  • means-tested bursary based on your household income

The rates for full-time students are up to:

  • £2,207 if you are living with your parents
  • £3,191 if you are studying in London
  • £2,643 if you are studying outside of London

Find out more in our NHS Bursary guidance document (PDF:687KB).

How to apply

New students

You need to register for an NHS Bursary account before you start your application.

After you have registered, you can log in to your account and apply for an NHS Bursary.

We have produced a Step-by-step guide to the NHS Bursary Application System (PDF 285 KB), if you need help with registering or completing your online application.

Register for an NHS Bursary account

Existing students

If you are an existing student applying for the 2022-23 academic year, you need to register for an NHS Bursary account on our new system before you start your application. After you have registered, you can log in to your account and re-apply for your NHS Bursary.

Contact us if you are having difficulty applying online.

Extra allowances

Extra weeks allowance

You get this if your course runs for more than 30 weeks and 3 days in the academic year, excluding vacation periods. We add this to your account based on your term dates.

Dependant’s allowance

If you are eligible, we pay up to:

  • £2,448 per year for your spouse, civil partner, partner, and first child
  • £549 for each child after that if you have people who are dependent on you during your training

You can watch a short YouTube video about dependant's allowance

Parent Learning Allowance (PLA)

We pay up to £1,204 per academic year if you have dependent children.

Other support

Depending on your circumstances you could also get: