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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. Fees and financial support for 2020 have not yet been agreed, and will be posted on this page once confirmed.

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. Fees are subject to UK Government confirmation and to regulatory approval, and may change throughout the period of enrolment on the courseas the Government reviews fee levels. Please note that fees for EU students may change substantially in 2020

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

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

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

For further guidance on rents, retail prices and other living costs, please see Budgeting for student life on the University of Brighton website.

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 financialsupport to students from lower-incomefamilies. In 2019, eligible UK students areentitled to the following in addition to anyUK Government support:

  • Year 1 – a £2,000 bursary if your household income is under £25,000, or a £1,000 bursary if your household income is between £25,001-£42,875
  • Years 2, 3 and 4 – a £1,000 cash bursary in each year
  • Year 5 of medical study – not available to students in receipt of an NHS Bursary.

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: gov.uk/student-finance

Specific university bursaries are also available for care leavers and students estranged from their families. BSMS students are not eligible for the University of Brighton package of bursaries.

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.


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). 

For further information see nhsbsa.nhs.uk


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 the University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars scheme, 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 statutory funding.

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

In 2019, 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 2020.

Financial advice

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.

At BSMS we 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 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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Student travel expenses policy

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