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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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We run the annual Medical and Dental Students survey (MDS) to collect data on intakes to medical and dental programmes across the UK. We collect this data on behalf of the Department of Health, Health Education England, HEFCE, Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland).

The data is used for funding and workforce planning purposes. For institutions in England, HEFCE monitors the data against medical and dental intake targets to inform our funding  allocations.

MDS 2017 data

We asked higher education institutions in the UK to provide data on the intake of medical and dental students in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

The 2016-17 data from this survey are available below. Please note all figures are rounded to the nearest 5.


MSD 2016 data

We asked higher education institutions in the UK to provide data on the intake of medical and dental students in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

The 2015-16 data from this survey are available below. Please note all figures are rounded to the nearest 5.


MDS 2015 data

We asked higher education institutions in the UK to provide data on the intake of medical and dental students in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

The 2014-15 data from this survey are available below. Please note all figures are rounded to the nearest 5.


MDS 2014 data

We asked higher education institutions in the UK to provide data on the intake of medical and dental students in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

The 2013-14 data from this survey are available below. Please note all figures are rounded to the nearest 5.


MDS 2013 data

We asked higher education institutions in the UK to provide data on the intake of medical and dental students in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

The 2012-13 data from this survey are available below. Please note all figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Download the data from the 2013 survey

Download the MDS 2013 data asDownload the MDS 2013 data as MS Excel Spreadsheet (58 KB)

See the MDS13 guidance

Page last updated 10 January 2018