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The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarships for 1st degree undergraduate MBBS and BDS students

The John Abernethy Scholarship, The Dean Rees Scholarship and The Dame Margaret Seward Scholarship are for ‘Home’ students only.

To encourage applications from students in financial hardship who would benefit from the MB BS or BDS programme, the trustees of St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College Trust are pleased to offer these new Scholarships to two new medical students and one new dental student each year.

The undergraduate scholarships are worth £5,000 for each of the five years of the course – subject to the holders’ satisfactory progress each year – and are named after:

  • John Abernethy, founder of the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, who lived between 1764 and 1831
  • Dean Rees, emeritus Professor of Chemical Endocrinology and Consultant Physician, and the first female Dean of the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, who led the College to its successful merger as part of Queen Mary University of London in 1995
  • Dame Margaret Seward, the first woman to be elected to the General Dental Council, serving as President from 1994-99. She was appointed Chief Dental Officer in 2000

The scholarships have been designed to assist students who, despite exceptional academic ability and their aptitude for a medical or dental career, might not be able to undertake the course for financial reasons.

All students who enrol in the School of Medicine and Dentistry are considered for the Scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of their household income (which is reviewed annually) and the attainment of at least three grade A A-levels taken in the same sitting. Students’ performance in their Fundamentals of Medicine/ Dentistry module (at the end of their first term) will also be a major criterion.

You do not have to apply formally to be considered for one of these prestigious Scholarships.

Instead, the School of Medicine and Dentistry will receive the relevant financial and academic information after you have enrolled and, depending on the Fundamentals of Medicine/ Dentistry results, will recommend the three best students, two from medicine and one from dentistry who also meet the financial requirements to the Trustees for their approval.

Additionally, the School will report annually to the Trustees on the Scholarship holders’ academic performance.

More information about sources of financial support for our students is available on our Student Support web site.

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