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Fees and finance

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) 2016-2017 fees

For applicants starting in September 2016

UK and EU Students

Fees for the BM BS undergraduate medical degree are £9,000 per year.

Home (UK) fee status students are eligible to apply for the University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars scheme.

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Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

Channels Islands and Isle of Man students will pay £19,000 per year, with any possible rises in subsequent years capped at 5% per year.

Please note that Channel Islands and Isle of Man students are not eligible to apply for the First-Generation Scholars scheme.

International students

International fees are £28,000 per year with any possible rises in subsequent years capped at 5% per year. 

Please note fees and financial support available differs for international students. More information about international fees and finance can be found on our international students page.

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Typical costs

Rent and utilities

University halls: £124-163 per week (£4,844-6,357 per year, based on 2015 figures) depending on type of accommodation, and whether you are catered or non-catered. Halls includes electricity, heating, water rates and the internet where available. If you are in catered halls you will also need to budget for the cost of food at weekends and during holidays.

Private accommodation: £95-100 per week (£4,940-5,200 per year, based on 2015 figures), visit Your Student Pad to see typical averages for Brighton and Hove. Rents for private accommodation do not include utility bills or insurance unless otherwise stated in your contract. Contracts are generally for six or 12 months. You will need to buy a TV licence if you want to watch TV. You will also need to budget for utilities, food and travel.

Utility bills: (Water/electricity/gas) £54 per month, unless included with rent. You may share these costs with your housemates.


Additional costs

Telephone: (national and local calls) £5-10 per week

Food/housekeeping: £20-45 per week

Local travel: Bus (Student Saver): £12.50 per week; £115 per three months; £365 per year; train (Unizone – unlimited travel between Eastbourne and East Worthing): £16.50 train per week; £63.40 per month, £190.10 train per three months

Personal belongings insurance: £6 per month

Books/stationery: £5 per week

Clothing: £10 per week (including smart clothes for working with patients)

Socialising/leisure: £10-50 per week


You should add the one-off costs of buying a stethoscope (approx. £50) and travel, accommodation and living expenses for your fifth-year clinical elective, where costs will vary depending on where you choose to go. (A number of bursaries are available to support electives.)

When you live off-campus, you may find it useful to have access to a computer with a broadband connection, to use BSMS learning resources.

A rough guide is to have about £8,500 available for the September to June academic year, including vacations, plus tuition fees.


Discount cards

An NUS Extra card will get you discounts in many shops, cinemas, museums and galleries, and on national and local bus and train travel.


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Financial support

Eligible UK undergraduate BSMS students starting in September 2016 will benefit from the University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars Scheme. BSMS students are not eligible for the University of Brighton scheme. Eligible students whose household income is up to £42,620 per year, or are leaving the care system to start the degree in September 2016 will be entitled to the following financial support in addition to any UK Government support:

  • Year 1 - a £1000 cash bursary plus a £2000 rent reduction if you live in University-managed accommodation (Brighton or Sussex Universities) or a £2000 fee waiver if you are not living in University-managed accommodation;
  • Years 2, 3 and 4 - a £1000 cash bursary in each year
  • Year 5 of medical study - NHS bursary scheme applies.
  • The University of Brighton Registry will contact eligible BSMS students by August 2016.

Students studying for a second undergraduate degree are also eligible for the University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars Scheme, provided that their household income is below £42,620.


Other financial support

To assist new full-time home/EU students studying for their first degree, a range of financial support has been announced by the UK Government:

  • You don't have to pay for your degree programme yourself upfront
  • You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees in full, which you only start to pay back when you are earning over £21,000 a year
  • You can apply for a Maintenance Loan for living costs like rent
  • In addition, other financial support is available to students from England to help with living costs. 

Students who normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will receive financial support for university from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government or the Northern Ireland Executive (as appropriate).

For more details of the financial support available from the UK Government and the repayment of loans, refer to Directgov student finance >

Financial advice

The University of Brighton’s Student Advice Service offers information and advice on applications for additional sources of income and advice on money management and debt counselling.

We seek to provide opportunities for our students to earn money where we can. Students are paid to assist with admissions and open days for example, and other jobs are available from time to time. The University of Brighton's Careers Centre and the University of Sussex Careers and Employability Centre are experienced in helping students find part-time or vacation work, whether on campus or in the local area.

From the third year onwards, it is anticipated that the demands of the course will be incompatible with those of paid employment. You should therefore not rely upon an income from this source in the latter years of the course.

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