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Medical and dental students

If you're a student on a medical or dental course you can apply for an NHS bursary in the later years of your course. If you're studying on a:

  • five or six-year undergraduate course you can apply from your fifth year of study
  • three or four-year graduate entry course you can apply from your second year of study

Check the application deadlines to make sure you apply at the right time.

You can find more detailed advice and information about NHS bursary funding, including the full eligibility criteria, in our guidance booklet:

NHS Bursary funding for Medical and Dental Students (PDF: 724KB)

General information about applying for and managing your NHS bursary can be found in the NHS Bursary Students section of this website.


Intercalating years at bachelors or masters level (but not PhD) count towards the qualifying period for NHS bursary support.

If you undertake an intercalation year in any of your first four years of the undergraduate programme, the intercalation year will count towards bursary funding, so you may become eligible for NHS bursary support in an earlier study year than your fifth year of study.

If you're intercalating in your fifth year of study you can apply for NHS bursary support for your intercalation year and any subsequent course years.

Our guidance booklet for Medical and Dental students can be accessed from this page. It explains in more detail how intercalation years affect NHS bursary funding.

NHS hardship grant for medical and dental students

A hardship grant is available for medical and dental students. You can claim between £100 and £3,000 if you are in genuine financial hardship.

To be eligible to apply you must be:

  • on a course leading to registration as a doctor or dentist
  • eligible for a full bursary (tuition fees, non-means tested grant and any means-tested bursary)
  • in genuine hardship
  • unable to manage any shortfall between income and expenditure by their own actions

How to apply for the hardship grant

Your application should be made in writing and should include:   

  • details and evidence of your income and expenditure
  • signed university approval of your NHS hardship grant application
  • evidence you have applied for other available funding, such as student loans and university hardship funds
  • a copy of your BOSS student coversheet (available to print from the ‘Documents’ section of your BOSS account)

You should send all of the above to:

The Operations Manager
Student Services
Hesketh House
200-220 Broadway