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Fees and funding

2020-2021 fees

Fees below are for applicants starting their Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) in September 2020. Fees and financial support for 2021/22 have not yet been agreed, and will be posted on this page once confirmed.

UK and EU students

Fees for UK/EU students starting the undergraduate medical degree in 2020 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.

Please note that fees for EU students may change substantially in 2021.

Home (UK) fee status students are eligible to apply for financial support from the University of Sussex.

Read more about available support >

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

Channel 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 financial support from the University of Sussex.

International students

Fees for international students are £35,517 per year with any possible rises in subsequent years capped at 5% 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 £3,000 tuition fee deposit when you accept your offer.

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.

Read more about international study at BSMS >

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Financial support

Financial support is 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:
Email: studentadvice@brighton.ac.uk 
Telephone: 01273 642888
Drop-in times are available at brighton.ac.uk/current-students/contacts 

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.

University of Sussex financial support

The University of Sussex provides financial support to students from lower-income families.

In 2020, eligible UK students with a household income of less than £25,000 are entitled to the following in addition to any UK Government support:

  • Year 1 – a £1,000 bursary
  • Years 2, 3 and 4 – a £500 cash bursary in each year
  • From the fifth year of study, eligible students will receive support from NHS Bursaries instead. 

Your eligibility will be assessed by the University of Brighton based on information provided in your Student Finance application: gov.uk/student-finance

Special packages are also available to care leavers and students estranged from their families.

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). 

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 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 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 gov.uk/student-finance 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:

Scotland: saas.gov.uk

Wales: studentfinancewales.co.uk

Ireland: studentfinanceni.co.uk

EU students

In 2020, EU students are only eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK Government. There are some exceptions, eg, for EU students who have been living in the UK for more than five years - see gov.uk/studentfinance for more information.

Funding has not been agreed for EU students entering university in 2021. 

Additional issues

Remember in all cases to seek advice if financial difficulties impact on your studies, wellbeing or other parts of your life. While there may be limits to the course adjustments that can be offered, it’s important to ask for help if needed. BM BS students can speak to the BSMS Student Welfare Advisers, who will be happy to discuss this. 


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Typical costs

University halls

£91–£171 per week (£3,549–£6,669 per year, based on 2019 figures) depending on type of accommodation, and whether you choose catered or non catered. Costs include electricity, heating, water rates and the internet.

Private accommodation

Average £120–£150 per week (£6,240–£7,800 per year, based on 2019 figures). Rents for private accommodation do not include utility bills, food or insurance.

Additional costs

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. We offer a minimum specification for guidance, which includes information about the software available to you free as a BSMS student.

Download laptop specification >

You should add the one-off cost of buying a stethoscope (approx. £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 >

Totum

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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