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NHS Bursary students

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

  • 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

Intercalating years could count as qualifying years of study for funding if you studied them as part of your:

  • bachelor's degree, in the first 4 years
  • master's degree

Intercalation years do not count if you studied them as part of your PhD.

What you’ll get

If you’re 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’re living with parents
  • £3,191 if you’re studying in London
  • £2,643 if you’re studying outside of London

How to apply

New students

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

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

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’ve registered, you can log in to your account and re-apply for your NHS Bursary.

You can also still access your BOSS account for the 2021/22 academic year if you need to.

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’re 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:

Find out more in our NHS Bursary guidance document (PDF:647K).