Graduate Entry Medicine Funding

Tuition Fees at Swansea University for the GEM course will be £9,000 per annum.  Funding regimes for the first year of the Graduate Entry Medicine course differ significantly to years 2, 3 and 4:

Statutory Funding

Welsh Domiciled Students

Year 1

If you are a Welsh domiciled student, and in the first year of the Graduate Entry Medicine course you will have to Self Fund a portion of the fees (£3,465). A Tuition Fee Loan is available from Student Finance Wales for the remaining £5,535.

You are also eligible to apply for a full income assessed Maintenance Loan from Student Finance Wales.

You will NOT be eligible to receive any Maintenance Grants or any NHS Bursary funding.

You may be eligible for Supplementary Grants such as Parental Learning Allowance (PLA), Adult Dependents Grant (ADG), and Childcare Grant (CCG) and will need to apply for these with your student loan. Again, you should apply to Student Finance Wales.

You will therefore need to pay £3,465 in the 1st year so must think carefully about how you will fund this.

Funding regimes for those students who obtained their previous degree outside of the UK may differ.  Please contact the Money@CampusLife team for more information.

Years 2, 3 and 4

£3,465 of the £9,000 tuition fees is paid by the NHS Bursary Scheme. Students will again be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan to fund the £5,535 short fall in tuition fees not funded via the NHS Bursary. 

Students are also able to access a reduced rate non-means tested Maintenance Loan of £3,030 from their Funding Provider.

NHS Funding is also available in the form of a means-tested NHS bursary (based on household income) and a non-means tested NHS grant of £1,000.

If you are eligible for supplementary grants (PLA, ADG or CCG) these will be made available through the NHS and not Student Finance Wales (as in the First Year).

For up to date information and entitlement amounts, as well as the online application we would recommend that you visit the NHS Student Bursary website.

English Domiciled Students

Year 1

English Domiciled Students will have to self fund £3,465 of the fees and should apply to Student Finance England for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the remaining £5,535.

You are also eligible to apply for a full income assessed student Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England.

You will NOT be eligible to receive any Maintenance Grants or any NHS Bursary funding.

You may be eligible for Supplementary Grants such as Parental Learning Allowance (PLA), Adult Dependents Grant (ADG), and Childcare Grant (CCG) and will need to apply for these with your student loan. Again, you should apply to Student Finance England.

You will therefore need to pay £3,465 in the 1st year so must think carefully about how you will fund this.

Funding regimes for those students who obtained their previous degree outside of the UK may differ.  Please contact the Money@UniLife team for more information.

Years 2, 3 and 4

£3,465 of the £9,000 tuition fees is paid by the NHS Bursary Scheme. Students will again be eligible to apply for a student loan to fund the £5,535 short fall in tuition fees not funded via the NHS Bursary. 

Students are eligible to apply to Student Finance England for a reduced rate non means tested Maintenance Loan of £2,483.

NHS Funding is available in the form of a means-tested NHS bursary (based on household income) and a NHS grant of £1,000.

If you are eligible for supplementary grants (PLA, ADG or CCG) these will be made available through the NHS and not Student Finance England (as in the First Year).

For up to date information and entitlement amounts, as well as the online application we would recommend that you visit the NHS Student Bursary website.

Scottish and NI Students

Currently, if you are a Scottish or NI domiciled student then you will not be eligible for any support from the NHS. You will be eligible to apply for a Maintenance Loan but will not be eligible for any Tuition Fee support so will be expected to pay the full 4 years Tuition Fees yourself. Please contact the Money@CampusLife team to check on the latest updates.

International and EU

If you are an EU student and are considering studying the GEM course please contact the Money@CampusLife team for further funding information.

The Graduate Entry Medicine course is not currently open to International students. 

Other funding Opportunities

Other funding Opportunities

There are other organisations who offer financial help to students on the Graduate Entry Medicine Course. For an up to date search on current financial assistance that may be available please visit the Prospects website.

The following website may also be useful when looking to fund your GEM course: www.money4medstudents.org

PCDL

During your 3rd and 4th years you may also be able to apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL).  It provides financial help for vocational education or training. You can borrow from £300 up to a maximum of £10,000.  You are eligible to apply for this loan up to 3 months before the start of your course.  To order an application pack or receive further advice/information please call the PCDL helpline on 0800 585 505 or visit the direct.gov website.

Working Part Time

The Graduate Entry Medicine Course is intense and many students simply do not find the time to work and study. Therefore we recommend that you consider the possible negative effects that working may have on your studies. However, if you are interested in a part time job then please contact the University’s Careers library.

Hardship Funds

Swansea University Opportunity Award

The Money@CampusLife Team administers the Swansea University Opportunity Award for current Swansea University students.  It is a discretionary, means tested award that is intended to help low income students who have unforeseen expenses with a non repayable grant. 

It is available to all “home” and EU (i.e. not International) GEM students who have taken out all statutory funding entitlements. However, you are expected to have made adequate provision for tuition fees and essential living costs prior to enrolment. GEM students are expected to evidence this when applying.

Application forms are available from the Money@CampusLife team.

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Current GEM students who are facing unexpected and exceptional financial hardship are also able to apply for the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.

GEM Funding talk 2015/16