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2020 Funding for UK and EU Medical Students

This page contains information for UK and EU students, on the two main routes to a medicine degree at Oxford; a six-year undergraduate entry course, and a four-year graduate entry course.

Medical course funding

The funding available is very different for each course, and also varies by where you are from, whether you choose to be financially assessed, and the year of the course you are in. You should be aware of what funding, if any, is available to pay your course fees and help support your living costs during each year of your course.

The regional funding agency figures below may be subject to inflationary changes in future years.

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage about the implications of the UK plans to leave European Union membership. 

Six-year course for students with no previous undergraduate degree (A100)

Years 1 - 4

During the first four years of the six-year medicine course, government support is available through your relevant funding agency. Support for living costs is available to UK students on the same basis as all other Home undergraduate students.

UK and EU students will be eligible for an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship based on household income and will need to apply to be means-tested to be considered for this.  

Years 5 - 6

In years five and six, course fees are paid in full by the relevant funding agency:

  • The National Health Service (NHS) for students from England and Wales
  • The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for students from Scotland
  • The Department of Health (DoH) for students from Northern Ireland

UK students can also access a maintenance loan from their regional funding agency, but this will be at a reduced rate for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who can apply for a means-tested NHS or DoH bursary in years five and six. Students from England and Wales are also eligible for an additional non means-tested NHS grant of £1,000.

Students from Scotland will continue to be eligible to be assessed for the means-tested maintenance loan and grant available to them in years one to four.

UK and EU students will continue to be eligible for an Oxford Bursary or Crankstart Scholarship based on the latest household income assessment provided.

Financial support available to students entering their fifth year of study in 2019/20*
 EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesEU
Course fee supportNHS pays full feeDoH pays full feeSAAS pays full feeNHS pays full feeNHS pays full fee
Maintenance loanUp to £2,324
(up to £1,811 final year)
Up to £2,370
(up to £1,850 final year)
Up to £5,750Up to £3,598 (up to £2,804 final year)Not available
NHS/DoH Bursary or
Scottish Maintenance grant
Up to £4,491Up to £4,203Up to £2,000Up to £4,491Not available
NHS Grant£1,000Not availableNot available£1,000Not available

* Full details of support not yet confirmed for 2020/21.

See also: NHS Student Bursaries

Graduate-entry medicine: four-year course for students with an undergraduate degree in an experimental sciences subject (A101)

Year 1

During the first year of the four-year medicine course, government support is available through your relevant funding agency. The type of funding and the amount available varies according to where you are from.

UK and EU students will be eligible for an Oxford Bursary based on household income and will need to apply to be means-tested to be considered for this. 

Financial support available to students commencing study in 2019/20*
 EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesEU
Course fee supportSelf-fund first £3,465.
Fee loan: up to £5,785
Self-fund full feeSelf-fund full feeSelf-fund first £3,465.
Fee loan: up to £5,785
Self-fund first £3,465.
Fee loan: up to £5,785
Maintenance supportUp to £8,944 loanUp to £4,840 loanUp to £5,750 loanUp to £9,225 combined loan and grantNot available

* Full details of support not yet confirmed for 2020/21.

 

Years 2 - 4

During years two to four of the graduate-entry medicine course, students from England and Wales are eligible to apply for help from the NHS and their regional funding agency towards their course fees. Students from Northern Ireland and Scotland are required to self-fund the full amount of their course fees. 

UK students can also access a maintenance loan from their regional funding agency, but this will be at a reduced rate for students from England and Wales who can apply for a means-tested NHS Bursary in years two to four. Students from England and Wales are also eligible for an additional non means-tested NHS grant of £1,000. Students from Northern Ireland and Scotland will continue to be eligible for the means-tested maintenance loan available to them in year one.

UK and EU students will continue to be eligible for an Oxford Bursary based on the latest household income assessment provided.

Financial support available to students entering their second year of study in 2019/20*
 EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesEU
Course fee supportNHS pays first £3,715.
Fee loan: up to £5,535
Self-fund full feeSelf-fund full feeNHS pays first £3,465.
Fee loan: up to £5,785
NHS pays first £3,715.
Fee loan: up to £5,535
Maintenance loanUp to £2,324
(up to £1,811 final year)
Up to £4,840
(up to £4,480 final year)
Up to £5,750Up to £3,598 (up to £2,804 final year)Not available
NHS BursaryUp to £4,491Not availableNot availableUp to £4,491Not available
NHS Grant£1,000Not availableNot available£1,000Not available

* Full details of support not yet confirmed for 2020/21.
See also: NHS Student Bursaries