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Complete the Department of Health’s consultation on how to maximise the benefits to the taxpayer and the NHS arising from increases in the numbers of medical school places. The consultation closes on 2 June 2017.

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 onthe 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. Read more about the increase in medical school places.

As indicated in our Grant Letter, HEFCE will make an initial allocation of 500 medical school places for 2018-19 to existing providers. We will shortly be announcing the outcome of this initial allocation process.

We will work with Health Education England to allocate the remaining 1,000 medical school places through a competitive process taking account of the views of respondents to the Department of Health’s consultation. We will provide further details about the competitive process later in 2017.

Page last updated 26 June 2017