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Funding for UK and EU medical students (2012 entry onwards)

This page contains information for UK and EU students in 2018/19, 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 tuition 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 for details on the impact of the result of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union. 

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 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, tuition 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.

For budgeting purposes it is important to note that any Student Loans Company maintenance loan payments you are entitled to will not be released until after 1st August, despite your course year commencing before this date.  

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

 EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesEU
Tuition 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 £4,000Not available
NHS/DoH Bursary or
Scottish Maintenance grant
Up to £4,491*Up to £4,203Up to £1,875Up to £4,491*Not available
NHS Grant£1,000*Not availableNot available£1,000*Not available

*The figures for 2017/18 have been used as a guide and will be updated with 2018/19 information when confirmed

Studying for a higher degree

Students are sometimes permitted to defer entry to the clinical school in order to take further study in a related field. This is not the same as intercalation as the Oxford medicine course already comprises an intercalated bachelor’s degree after the third year of study.

If you choose to undertake other study your funding entitlement will be affected when you return to the clinical school. This is because the medicine course will be considered to be an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) to the higher qualification that you now hold. This means that you will not be eligible for government tuition fee support in year four of your course, although you will still be able to receive a means tested maintenance loan. You will therefore be expected to self-fund your tuition fees for this year.

However, if your other study is no higher than master’s level or equivalent, the NHS may agree to fund your studies early and allow you to apply to the NHS Bursary scheme from year four of your course. This is at the discretion of the NHS Business Services Authority and further advice must be sought from them.

Different rules apply to students from Northern Ireland and Scotland. These students should seek advice from their regional funding agency.

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. 

 EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesEU
Tuition 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 £8,700 loanUp to £4,840 loanUp to £5,750 loanUp to £9,000 combined loan and grantNot available

*The figures for 2017/18 have been used as a guide and will be updated with 2018/19 information when confirmed

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 tuition fees. Students from Northern Ireland and Scotland are required to self-fund the full amount of their tuition fee. 

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.

For budgeting purposes it is important to note that any Student Loans Company maintenance loan payments you are entitled to will not be released until after 1st August, despite your course year commencing before this date.  

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

 EnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWalesEU
Tuition 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 £4,000Not available
NHS BursaryUp to £4,491*Not availableNot availableUp to £4,491*Not available
NHS Grant£1,000*Not availableNot available£1,000*Not available

*The figures for 2017/18 have been used as a guide and will be updated with 2018/19 information when confirmed

See also: NHS Student Bursaries

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