NHS bursary scheme rules 2016

NHS Bursary Scheme rules that apply for the current academic year 2016 to 2017.



From academic year 2017 to 2018, new rules will apply. These will supersede the current 5th edition on this page.

Students who began their studies before 1 September 2012 and are continuing training in the 2017 to 2018 academic year should refer to the NHS Bursary Scheme old rules (17th edition) on this page.

The documents set out the rules and administrative arrangements for the payment of NHS bursaries to students who are considering work in the NHS and have accepted a place on an eligible course. The NHS Bursary Scheme rules ensure the bursaries are paid fairly and consistently.


Students and prospective students should not rely on the current NHS bursary rules and allowances when planning for subsequent academic years. These rules may be subject to review in the future and as a result may change. Further information about the NHS Bursary Scheme will be posted on the NHS Business Services Authority website. Students are advised to check the website on a regular basis.

The Department of Health and NHS Student Services will not accept responsibility for loss of any type suffered by students who have relied on current rules and allowances, whether for the current academic year, academic year to begin or indeed for subsequent academic years.

Published 17 March 2016
Last updated 26 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. Update of the NHS Bursary Scheme New Rules, Fifth Edition to include a new long residency eligibility criteria.

  2. First published.