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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 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.

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 school places for 2018-19

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 percent 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.

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

 

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 14 July 2017