Applying, fees & funding
Applications are made via UCAS
All potential applicants must apply via UCAS prior to the 15th October deadline, any late applications will not be accepted. Please note, graduates can apply to both the four and five year programmes and these will be two separate UCAS choices. Please see the Selection Criteria for more information as to how we process applications.
Tuition fees for Home
Tuition fees for International students and EU students
MBBS and BDS as a first degree
Years 1-4: you will be able to apply for the same package of Student Finance and Queen Mary Bursaries as students on other courses.
Year 5 and beyond: the NHS will pay the tuition fee (non income assessed). For your living costs you can get a £1000 NHS grant (non income assessed), and you can apply for an income assessed NHS Bursary for living costs (in 2017/18 this was up to £3191 for students living away from home plus extra weeks allowance at the London rate of £108 per week).
You will also be able to apply to Student Finance England for a non income assessed reduced rate Maintenance Loan. In 2017/18 this is £2498 for final year students living away from home. You will not be eligible for a Queen Mary Bursary in your NHS funded year.
International tuition fees (from 2019/20)
The UK government has just announced that the intention is that international students will need to fund their own clinical placements, in addition to the tuition and living costs they pay currently. At this point in time it is not possible to advise you of the cost of clinical placements; this additional element of the fee has yet to be determined by providers of medical education in negotiation with their partner National Health Trusts but it is possible that the total cost for the programme may increase.
Living and other costs
On top of your tuition fees, you will have several other major expenses to budget for. The largest and most essential of these costs is probably your accommodation. On the plus side, our location in the east of London means cheaper rents than elsewhere in the city. You can check the average cost of living, work out your own budget, and get great money saving ideas at www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/money. It is important to be sure before you start the course that your income will cover all of your living costs.
International students can find more detailed information on the cost of living in London and how to plan finances at: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/international/money
Financial support for Home and EU students
Students who are UK residents should apply as early as possible to Student Finance England (or equivalent in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), who will determine your eligibility for government funding for your studies. We have detailed information online explaining the funding arrangements for all of the medical degree programmes. For more information, see www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/money/medicaland-dental-students.
If you are a non-UK national of the European Union you can apply to the Student Finance EU Team for a loan to pay your tuition fees. EU students may also be eligible for the living costs elements of UK government student finance in certain circumstances. See: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/money/medical-and-dental-students
The loan for tuition fees is not available to undergraduate students from outside the EU. If you take out a government Tuition Fee Loan, you start to pay it back after completing your degree, once you are earning more than £21,000 a year. You should apply for Student Finance once you have applied to university – you do not need to wait until you have an offer or have decided where to study.
Entitlement to Student Finance is subject to residence, immigration status and previous study criteria.
If you would like individual confidential advice about your eligibility for funding, planning your budget or any other financial or practical issue, please contact the Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary: welfare.qmul.ac.uk
Queen Mary offers student bursaries to help with the costs of higher education. These bursaries are aimed at students from lower income households. The amount of the bursary you receive each year will depend on your household income, which is assessed during your application for UK Government Student Finance. Please note that all international students and those EU nationals who are only eligible for a tuition fee loan will not be eligible for a QMUL bursary.
To find out if you are eligible, visit: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/bursaries/
There are a number of scholarships available each year to undergraduate entrants who are permanent residents of specific London Boroughs, including scholarships from the Aldgate and Allhallows Foundation for permanent residents of either the London Borough of Tower Hamlets or the City of London. Candidates must also meet other eligibility criteria regarding age and means of support, please see website for further details: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/bursaries/
The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarship
To encourage applications from students in financial hardship who would benefit from the MBBS programme, the trustees of The Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Trust are pleased to offer these new scholarships to two new medical students and one new dental student each year. John Abernethy was the founder of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and scholarships are named, The John Abernethy scholarship, The Dean Rees scholarship and the Dame Margaret Seward scholarship and are valued at £5,000 for each of the five years of the course and an intercalated year - subject to the holders’ satisfactory progress each year.
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 household income (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/Dental 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 two best medical students and one best dental student 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.
Financial Assistance Fund (FAF)
If you have exceptional or unforeseen costs or you are in financial hardship, you could be eligible for help from the Financial Assistance Fund. The fund is made up of the Queen Mary Hardship Fund, Student Opportunity Funding, University of London Hardship Fund and Queen Mary International Hardship Fund. The fund is there to help any eligible student who has a particular financial need, although we cannot meet every application we receive and cannot always meet all of the costs that you might apply for. Priority is given to certain groups of students when deciding how to allocate the funding; please see the website for more information and application form. http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/finances/bursaries-grants-scholarships/financial-assistance-fund/
You do not normally have to repay a payment from the FAF. The amounts available to students through the FAF are strictly limited, and the Fund can in no way be regarded as a substitute for other finance.
The Barts and The London Alumni Association Benevolent Funds also offer grants to medical and dental students in financial hardship, and bursaries to students undertaking intercalated degrees and final-year electives on the recommendation of the appropriate committees of the School. Donations from generations of former students have made it possible to offer such assistance.
East London will provide you with plenty of opportunities to work and earn extra money during your studies. However, the School would not recommend that you spend more than 10 hours a week in paid employment, so as not to have a detrimental impact on your studies. International students may also be eligible to work in the UK. If you are registered on a full-time course of six months or longer, then you will be eligible to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. For information about part-time work, including the national minimum wage and the living wage rates, and the income tax rules for students, visit: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/
The Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary offers detailed advice and guidance on all aspects of student finance and more. It also offers advice to international students about all the financial, practical and immigration-related aspects of studying at Queen Mary.
Contact the Advice and Counselling Service on:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717