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Fees and funding

See below for the fees for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS)

2019-2020 fees

For applicants starting in September 2019

UK and EU students

Fees for students starting the BM BS undergraduate medical degree in 2019 are £9,250 per year for UK/EU students.

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. In subsequent years, fees for Channel Island, Isle of Man and international students may rise with inflation (RPI) or 5% per year (whichever is greater).

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

International students

Fees for international students are £32,886 per year with any possible rises in subsequent years capped at 5% per year. 

In subsequent years, fees for Channel Island, Isle of Man and international students may rise with inflation (RPI) or 5% per year (whichever is greater).

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: £129-167 per week (£5,031-6,513 per year, based on 2017 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: Average £110-145 per week (£5,720-7,540 per year, based on 2017 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: £25-50 per week

Local travel: Bus (Student Saver): £13.50 per week; £128 per three months; £399 per year; train (Brighton Unizone – unlimited travel between Eastbourne and East Worthing): £17.40 train per week; £66.80 per month, £200.40 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 £9,000 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

The University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars Scheme provides financial support to students from lower-income families. Eligible UK students whose household income is up to £42,875 per year will be entitled to the following in addition to any UK Government support:

  • Year 1 - a £2,000 cash bursary
  • Years 2, 3 and 4 - a £1,000 cash bursary in each year
  • Year 5 of medical study - the NHS bursary scheme currently replaces financial support from the First-Generation Scholars Scheme.

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 £42,875.

Your eligibility for the First Generation Scholars Scheme will be assessed by the University of Brighton when you make your application for funding:

For further information please contact

Care leavers are eligible for the Care Leavers Award rather than the First-Generation Scholars Award. 

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BSMS students are not eligible for the University of Brighton scheme.

Other financial support

To assist new full-time home/EU students studying for their first degree, a range of financial support is available from the UK Government:

  • 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 a certain threshold (currently £21,000 if resident in England or Wales, £17,775 if resident in Northern Ireland or Scotland).
  • If you are a UK Home student, you can apply for a means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards living costs such as food and rent.
  • If you are a parent or a carer, other means tested financial support is also available, including a Parents’ Learning Allowance and a Childcare Grant.

If you are Scottish, Welsh or from Northern Ireland, you will be offered a different package of support. Please refer to the relevant funding bodies: the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland

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

EU students

In 2018, EU students may be eligible for similar support to UK students, but there may be differences depending on your circumstances. This will be established by your relevant residency funding body. Funding has not yet been agreed for EU students entering university in 2019.

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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