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How medicine and dentistry courses are funded

How many students can study medicine and dentistry?

The number of places available to study medicine and dentistry is regulated by Government and controlled through intake targets.

See the current intake targets

Undergraduate medical and dental training is jointly funded by:

  • HEFCE for teaching costs
  • Health Education England for clinical placements costs
  • the fees that institutions charge.

Our funding takes the form of a grant allocated as part of our annual funding allocations to each university. These grants are based on the number of medical and dental students in each university. 

Education standards

Medical and dental schools set their own admissions criteria. Standards for medical and dental education are set by the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council.

Read about the General Medical Council’s role in setting education standards

Read about the General Dental Council’s role in setting education standards

Increase in undergraduate medical school places

The number of medical places in England is increasing by 1,500 from 2018-19. HEFCE has made an initial allocation of 500 medical school places for 2018-19 to existing providers.

Read more about the allocation of 500 medical schools places for 2018-19

For the initial student places allocated for 2018-19, HEFCE carried out a formulaic approach to allocate additional student numbers to eligible medical schools. The distribution of these places was made to:

  • make a restoration of the two per cent cut from 2013-14
  • give an additional flat rate increase.

As a condition of the offer, providers had to confirm that they had capacity to accept the places and that there would be sufficient availability of clinical placements to accommodate the additional students. HEFCE re-distributed any places unable to be taken due to these reasons among the other providers.

HEFCE allocated a total of 500 places for entry in 2018-19 which was communicated to relevant institutions in May 2017.

Where the 500 places were allocated

InstitutionAllocation

University of Birmingham

26

Universities of Brighton & Sussex

15

University of Bristol

19

University of Central Lancashire

15

University of Cambridge

21

University of East Anglia

16

Universities of Hull and York

15

Imperial College

23

Keele University

15

King’s College London

27

Lancaster University

15

University of Leeds

20

University of Leicester

19

University of Liverpool

25

University of Manchester

26

University of Newcastle

24

University of Nottingham

24

University of Oxford

16

University of Plymouth

15

University of Exeter

15

Queen Mary, University of London

23

St George’s, University of London

20

University of Sheffield

19

University of Southampton

19

University College London

12

University of Warwick

16

Total

500

Following the outcome of the Department of Health’s consultation, HEFCE is working with Health Education England to allocate the remaining 1,000 medical student places through a competitive process.

Read more about the Department of Health’s consultation

Institutions interested in bidding for medical student places through this competition should complete the application form in the bid guidance publication and email it to medexpansion@hefce.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 1700 on 23 November 2017.

Further information

HEFCE and Health Education England held a briefing event on 10 October 2017 to guide colleagues through the bid document and address any initial queries on the bidding process. 

We have also developed a document to address common questions and points of clarification.

Download FAQs on the medical expansion bidding process

Download the Medical Expansion FAQs as PDF (221 KB)

 

Page last updated 20 October 2017