Medicine as a second degree

Studying medicine as a second degree can be very rewarding, but there are serious financial considerations to take into account.

Graduate medical students have to make a significant contribution to the funding of their medical training. Unless they have a place on an accelerated course, graduates are not entitled to a government maintenance grant or a tuition fee loan for their medical degree, although they may be eligible for a student loans company maintenance loan. This means that graduates have to make their own arrangements to finance tuition fees and maintenance costs for those years not funded by the NHS.

If you are studying medicine as a second degree, the amount of financial help you’ll get depends on whether you normally live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland (see the links below) and the type of course you’re following.

There are also some charitable trusts available for those wishing to study medicine as a second degree. See our article on applying to charitable trusts for more information.

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