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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.

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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 made an initial allocation of 500 medical school places for 2018-19 to existing providers via a formulaic approach and then allocated the remaining 1,000 places via a competitive process informed by the outcome of the Department of Health’s consultation.

Read more about the Department of Health’s consultation

HEFCE worked in partnership with Health Education England to allocate these 1,000 medical student places via a rigorous bidding process.

Read more about the criteria and process for the competitive bidding process in the bid guidance publication.

The expansion addresses key government priorities:

  • to support geographic areas that have difficulty recruiting doctors
  • to widen participation into medical training so that the future workforce better reflects the community it serves
  • to meet demand for more doctors in both primary care and mental health
  • to invest in innovation in delivery and new training models. 

The expansion took the opportunity to establish some new medical schools as well as expanding existing providers, creating more opportunity for people to train as doctors.

Read more about the allocation of 1,500 additional medical school places

This increase of 1,500 places represents the largest ever expansion of medical training in one year. It opens the door for many more students to gain high quality medical education and training and to enter the medical profession.

InstitutionAllocation of 1,500 placesTotal places
 2018-192019-202020-21 

Anglia Ruskin University

100

-

 -

100

Aston University

20

80

 -

100

University of Birmingham

26

-

 -

26

Universities of Brighton and Sussex

15

50

 -

65

University of Bristol

19

-

 -

19

University of Central Lancashire

15

-

 -

15

University of Cambridge

21

-

 -

21

University of East Anglia

16

25

 -

41

Edge Hill University

-

-

30

30

University of Exeter

15

73

 -

88

Universities of Hull and York

25

65

 -

90

Imperial College

23

-

 -

23

Keele University

15

20

 -

35

Universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church

-

-

100

100

King’s College London

27

-

 -

27

Lancaster University

15

60

 -

75

University of Leeds

20

-

 -

20

University of Leicester

19

30

 -

49

University of Nottingham: Lincoln Medical School (in partnership with University of Lincoln)

-

80

 -

80

University of Liverpool

25

-

 -

25

University of Manchester

26

-

 -

26

University of Newcastle

24

-

 -

24

University of Nottingham

24

20

 -

44

University of Oxford

16

-

 -

16

University of Plymouth

15

55

 -

70

Queen Mary, University of London

23

32

 -

55

St George’s Hospital Medical School

20 -  -

20

University of Sheffield

19 50  - 69

University of Southampton

19 -  - 19

University of Sunderland

- 50 50 100

University College London

12 -  - 12

University of Warwick

16 -  -

16

Total

630

690

180

1,500

Page last updated 19 March 2018