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Fees and funding

2022-2023 fees

Fees below are for applicants starting their Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) in September 2022. 

UK students

Fees for UK students starting the undergraduate medical degree in 2022 are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to UK Government confirmation and to regulatory approval, and may change throughout the period of enrolment on the course as the Government reviews fee levels.

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will pay £19,000 per year.

International students

Fees for international students are £39,158 per year.

In subsequent years, fees may rise with inflation (RPI) or 5% per year (whichever is greater). If offered a place to study at BSMS, you will be required to pay a £1,500 tuition fee deposit when you accept your offer.

EU students

EU students will pay international fees and will not be eligible for student funding from the UK government. However, there are exceptions to this for Irish nationals and EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Read more about international study at BSMS >



Financial support

Financial support may be available to BSMS students from both the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

For funding from both universities, BSMS students should contact the University of Brighton Student Advice Service:
Telephone: 01273 642888
Drop-in times are available at 

They will explain which funds you might be eligible for, and how to access them. Their experienced staff can also advise on statutory funding, accessing benefits and making your money go further.

Sussex Bursary 

If you are a new undergraduate student with a household income of less than £25,000 you will automatically receive the Sussex Bursary.


Year 1: £1,000 
Years 2-4 £500 in each year


The bursary will be automatically paid to you if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Starting your undergraduate course in September 2022
  • Funded as a Home student in 2022
  • Have an assessed household income of less than £25,000
  • Registered as a full-time student in 2022

Find out more about the Sussex Bursary >

Your eligibility will be assessed by the University of Brighton based on information provided in your Student Finance application:

Other bursaries and scholarships include:

  • International scholarships
  • Merit scholarships
  • Sports scholarships


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

NHS Bursary

From the fifth year of study, you may be eligible for an NHS Bursary. This may include:

  • Support with tuition fees
  • Grants towards living costs
  • Additional help, depending on your circumstances (eg, Dependents’ Allowance). 

Find out more about the NHS Bursary >

Students with a previous degree

If you are a UK student and already have a degree you may find funding difficult for the BM BS degree, as you will not have access to a Tuition Fee Loan. However you may apply for a partially means-tested Maintenance Loan to help towards living costs such as food and rent. Before you begin your studies, you should make sure that you have adequate funds to cover your living costs and tuition fees for the duration of your course. 

You may be eligible for University of Sussex support (see above), and from your fifth year of study you may be eligible for an NHS Bursary to cover tuition fees and maintenance costs. 

The universities and external charitable organisations are, at times, able to make additional support available specifically for graduate students, subject to eligibility.

Other financial support

To assist new full-time home (UK) students studying for their first degree, a range of financial support is provided by 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.
  • You can apply for a partially 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.

See for further information on government funding for students normally resident in England.

If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will be offered a different package of support: please refer to the relevant funding bodies:




EU students

EU students starting new undergraduate courses will not be eligible for student funding from the UK government. However, there are exceptions to this for Irish nationals and EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Additional issues

Remember in all cases to seek advice if financial difficulties impact on your studies, wellbeing or other parts of your life. BSMS Student Welfare Advisors will be happy to discuss these issues with you. While there may be limits to the course adjustments that can be offered, it’s important to ask for help if needed. 


Typical costs

Brighton and Hove is currently the most expensive place to be a student in the UK outside of London. Prospective students should take this into account when applying to study medicine. Read our typical costs guide below for more information on studying and living in Brighton and Hove.

University halls

£118–£165 per week (£4,602–£6,435 per year, based on 2020 figures) depending on type of accommodation. Costs include electricity, heating, water rates, the internet and contents insurance.

Private accommodation

Average £120–£150 per week (£6,240–£6,513 per year, based on 2020 figures). Rents for private accommodation do not include utility bills, food or insurance.


While PCs and 4–6 hour loan Chromebooks are available at both universities, to enable you to make the most of the learning opportunities at BSMS, we strongly recommend that you have a suitable laptop computer. The minimum specification for a laptop is:

  • Intel i5 or equivalent
  • Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.14 or later
  • 8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD
  • Full HD screen

You will be entitled to a range of free software from the University of Brighton, including Microsoft Office.

Other costs

You should add the one-off cost of buying a stethoscope (approximately £50). There can also be costs for travel, parking etc when on regional attachments, and travel, accommodation and living expenses for your fifth-year clinical elective. However, these costs will vary, depending on where you go, and reimbursement schemes and bursaries are available to support you.

Find out more about budgeting for student life >


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

Read more about Totum >

Useful links

The BSMS Student Welfare Team and the University of Brighton Student Advice Service offer information and advice on additional sources of funding, money management and debt counselling.

Paid work while studying

At BSMS we provide opportunities for our students to earn money where we can. 

Students are paid to assist with admissions, outreach and open days, for example, and other jobs are available from time to time. The careers services of both universities are experienced in helping students find part-time or vacation work, whether on campus or in the local area (some students are able to work in the NHS or other healthcare jobs). 

As you progress through the degree, your study will require an increasingly significant time commitment throughout the week, and term times will lengthen.

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