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Funding update for Postgraduate, Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene students

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed new funding arrangements will take effect for students starting a Postgraduate, Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene course.

From 1 August 2018, new students starting a pre-registration Postgraduate Nursing, Midwifery or some Allied Health Professional courses or a Dental Therapy/Dental Hygiene course will apply to Student Finance for their tuition fees and maintenance loans as these courses no longer attract an NHS Bursary. The full list of affected courses can be found below:

  • Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability)
  • Midwifery
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry/Chiropody
  • Radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Operating Department Practitioner

You can read more about the changes on the DHSC website

Students starting these courses for the first time in the 2018/19 academic year may also be eligible to receive additional financial support from the Learning Support Fund. Please visit for more information about what's available and the eligibility criteria.

There are five Dental Therapy/Dental Hygiene courses which are excluded from these changes and will continue to attract an NHS Bursary for the 2018/19 academic year:

  • Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry
  • Bristol Dental School
  • Eastman Dental Hospital
  • Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals
  • King's College Hospital Foundation Trust

Students attending the above courses can find out more information about NHS Bursaries on our website. Please note, students who fall into this category are not eligible to apply for support from the Learning Support Fund. 

We will be updating our website with more information shortly.