3. Eligibility

Whether you can get an NHS bursary depends on:

  • where you live
  • your course
  • your household income
  • whether you’ve already had funding

Check whether you’re eligible for an NHS bursary with the NHS Personal Eligibility Calculator.

Where you live

To be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary you must have been 
living in the UK, 
the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years up to the start of the academic year.

You may still be eligible if you don’t meet the residency requirements - find out more from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Your course

Whether you’re eligible depends on when your course starts.

You won’t get an NHS bursary if you’re a first level nurse or midwife and you’re registering for a second field in nursing or midwifery.

If your course starts before 1 August 2017

You must be accepted for a place on a full or part-time NHS-funded course which will lead to you registering as a:

  • doctor or dentist (you can apply for an NHS bursary from the 5th year on the 5 or 6 year undergraduate course or from your 2nd year on the 4 year accelerated graduate course)
  • chiropodist (including podiatrist), dietician, occupational therapist, orthoptist, physiotherapist, prosthetist, orthotist, radiographer, radiotherapist, audiologist or a speech and language therapist
  • dental hygienist or dental therapist
  • nurse, midwife or operating department practitioner (degree or diploma course)

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2017

You must be accepted for a place on a full or part-time NHS-funded course which will lead to you registering as a:

  • doctor or dentist (you can apply for an NHS bursary from the 5th year on the 5 or 6 year undergraduate course or from your 2nd year on the 4 year accelerated graduate course)
  • dental hygienist or dental therapist

Household income

Your total bursary amount depends on your household income. This can be either your own income, your parents’ income, or that of your partner, spouse or civil partner.

Check the amount of bursary you might be entitled to with the NHS Student Bursary Estimate Calculator.

If you’ve already had funding

You may be eligible for an NHS bursary even if you’ve already had public funding for higher education.

If you’ve had an NHS bursary and want to change professions, you may also be eligible.

Find out more from the NHS Business Services Authority.