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Medical and Dental students

Information for medical and dental students about the NHS Bursary.

Students on medical and dental courses are able to apply for a bursary in the later years of their course:

  • students on a 5 or 6 year undergraduate course can apply from their fifth year of study
  • students on a 3 or 4 year graduate entry course can apply from their second year of study

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

You can find information about applying for and managing your NHS Bursary in the NHS Bursary Students section.


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

If intercalation takes place in the first 4 years of the undergraduate programme, you can transfer to NHS support in study year 5 (and beyond for 6 year courses) which could, in effect, be the fourth or earlier year of the medical or dental course.

If you're intercalating in your fifth year of study you can apply for NHS Bursary support. You will then receive a bursary for the remaining years of the course as well as the intercalation year.

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