NHS funding for current postgraduate students

Students on postgraduate social work programmes continue to be supported by the NHS via the Social Work Bursary.

Nursing and Physiotherapy postgraduate programmes

M.Nurs, MSc Nursing and MSc Physiotherapy students are funded through the Student Loans system in the same way as undergraduate students are funded.  They therefore are able to apply for tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and other support from the Student Loans Company.  Such students (new and continuing) are also eligible for a bursary of around £5,000 from September 2020 onwards.  For the most up to date details visit the NHS Business Services Authority.  

Social Work programmes

As a home postgraduate social work student, you are eligible to apply for a Social Work Bursary from the NHS.  The bursary is split into means-tested (up to £2,721 in 2023/24) and non means-tested (£3,362.50 in 2023/24) parts which are paid in three termly instalments. 

You will also get a maximum of £4,052 (in 2023/24) towards your tuition fees, which is paid directly to the University. Furthermore, a contribution of around £862.50 (to help with expenses for attending placements) has been built into the bursary. Should you need it, you are also eligible to apply for a Parents’ Learning Allowance, Adult Dependants Allowance, Childcare Allowance and Disabled Students’ Allowances from NHSBSA, depending upon your circumstances.

Please note that the number of Social Work bursaries is restricted. If you do not qualify for a bursary towards your living costs, you will not be assisted with tuition fee support or any other type of allowance (except your travel allowance of £862.50).  As a non NHS funded student however, you will be eligible to apply to the SLC for a Postgraduate Loan. 

Find out more

Contact the NHS Business Services Authority


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