Financial support for medical and dental students – Northern Ireland

Students on university courses in medicine (recognised by the General Medical Council) and dentistry (recognised by the General Dental Council) may be eligible for financial help from the NHS as part of their course. 

Funding for medical and dental courses varies between England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This page provides details about the system in Northern Ireland. 

Find out more about the system in England, Wales and Scotland.

The information here is for guidance only. In all cases, make sure you contact the relevant funding authority as regulations can change and individual circumstances vary.

Standard 5-year degrees

In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health (DoH) provides bursaries for eligible medical and dental students. These bursaries are available for the fifth and later years of study in the UK.

The funding for the bursaries is administered by Student Finance Northern Ireland. Visit their website for addresses of your local student finance offices (Tel: 0300 100 0077).

Bursaries are income-assessed according to household income. The tuition fees are paid by the DoH for the period of the bursary. In addition to the DoH bursary, students can apply for the reduced rate maintenance loan under the Northern Ireland Student Support Regulations

For the first three or four years of the degree, (depending on whether or not an undergraduate intercalated degree has been taken) students can apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland for a tuition fee loan, a means-tested maintenance grant and a maintenance living cost loan under the Northern Ireland Student Support Regulations.

Accelerated degrees

You can apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland for a maintenance living cost loan for a UK accelerated graduate entry medical or dental degree. However, students on accelerated degrees are not eligible for a means–tested maintenance grant or a DoH bursary and will be responsible for paying their tuition fees to the university.

Intercalated degrees

If you decide to follow an intercalated Bachelor’s degree, (eg BSc) irrespective of the year you intercalate as part of your medical and dental undergraduate degree, you can apply for a DoH bursary for years five and six of your course. Tuition fees are paid by the DoH for the period of the bursary. In addition to the DoH bursary for years five and six, students can apply for the reduced rate maintenance loan under the Northern Ireland Student Support Regulations.  

Currently if you choose to intercalate for a Master’s degree, you are not eligible to apply for student finance under the Northern Ireland Student Support Regulations.  You are not entitled to a maintenance grant, maintenance loan or a DoH bursary and you will be responsible for the payment of tuition fees to the University. This may be reviewed for the 2017/18 academic year. 

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