NHS funding for prospective postgraduate students

Postgraduate Nursing and Physiotherapy programmes

Students studying for an M.Nurs, MSc Nursing or MSc Physiotherapy are funded through the Student Loans system in the same way that undergraduate students are funded.  They should therefore be able to apply for tuition fee loans, maintenance loan and other support from the Student Loans Company (SLC).  The Government has recently announced that such students are also be eligible for a bursary of around £5000 from September 2020 onwards.  The most up to date details can be found on this dedicated NHS webpage.  You can also subscribe to regular email updates directy from the NHS at http://eepurl.com/gUUXeL.   

If you are a Birmingham undergraduate moving on to a postgraduate taught programme here in September 2020 we can also offer you £1500 off your tuition fees.  Full details can be found at https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/current-students/fee-discounts.aspx.  If you are successful in obtaining this discount and will be taking out a tuition fee loan for the remainder of your tuition fees, you only therefore need to apply for a £7,750 tuition fee loan from the SLC.

Graduate entry Medicine and Dentistry programmes

Currently these courses are funded via the Student Loans system for undergraduates for the first year, followed by NHS Bursary support for Year 2 onwards.  Further details can be found here.

Postgraduate Social Work programmes

Students on postgraduate social work programmes continue to be supported by the NHS. As a home postgraduate social work student, we expect that you will be eligible to apply for a Social Work Bursary from the NHS.  The bursary is split into means-tested (up to £2,721 on 2019/20) and non means-tested (£3,362.50 in 2019/20) parts which are paid in three termly instalments.

You will also get at least £4,052 (in 2019/20) 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. You will also be able 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, we expect you will be eligible to apply to the SLC for a Postgraduate Loan, to assist with your tuition fees and living costs. 

Find out more

Contact the NHS Business Services Authority.


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