Health Sciences Courses

Students taking a course in Nursing (including Graduate Entry Nursing for English domiciled students only), Midwifery and allied health care courses, including Physiotherapy and Dietetics are now funded through Student Finance and the NHS Learning Support Fund.

Students who already have a degree will be able to receive funding to study on these courses.

For details of funding from Student Finance please refer to our Funding for Undergraduates 2021 web page. Additional funding from the NHS Learning Support Fund is detailed below:

(All information on this page relates to students who usually live in, and are studying in England)

NHS Learning Support Fund

The Government have announced that both New and Continuing students will receive aTraining Grant from the NHS of £5,000 per year of study from September 2020.

Further awards will also be available to eligible students, including those with children, and students in a region or specialism which is struggling to recruit. 


Parental Support

If you meet the eligibility criteria and have eligible child dependants you can apply for this allowance, which is a non-repayable grant of £2,000 per year.

Specialist Subject payments and Regional Incentive

You do not need to apply for these awards; they will be automatically added to your account when you select a qualifying course and university when applying for the Training Grant.

Travel and accommodation costs

Eligible students will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

Those with dual accommodation can claim £55 per night for commercial accommodation, such as a hotel or bed and breakfast, and £25 per night for non-commercial accommodation, such as staying with friends or family.

Exceptional Support Fund

Eligible students facing severe financial hardship, having exhausted all other available sources of funding, including the University Support Funds, will be able to apply for additional funding. 

For any of the above you will need to apply through the NHS LSF portal 


Funding information for students who started their course in September 2016 or earlier

If you started your  Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy or Dietetics course before September 2016 your funding will continue in the same format:

From the NHS:

  • tuition fee bursary
  • non means tested grant of £1,000
  • means tested bursary of up to £4,491

From Student Finance (apart from Graduate Entry Nursing):

  • reduced rate, non means tested loan

For more detail please refer to the NHSBSA web pages.