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Funding your Intercalated Year

BMedSci Funding

Tuition fee rates for students who entered medicine before 2012-13:

If you entered the MBChB before the 2012-13 academic year then you will be charged tuition fees for the BMedSci at the tuition fee rate of ££3,465.

Please note SFE Undergraduate loan money cannot be used to fund intercalation to Masters Programmes.

Tuition fee rates for students who entered medicine in 2012-13 to 2018-19:

If you entered the MBChB in the academic year 2012-13 up to the academic year 2017-18 then you will be charged tuition fees for the BMedSci at the 2018-19 tuition fee rate of £9,250.

Please note SFE money cannot be used to fund intercalation to Masters Programmes.

Tuition Fees for Overseas Students

Tuition fees for overseas students intercalating will be charged at the non-clinical rate of £20,470.

Student Finance England (SFE) Funding

Students receiving a Student Loan and/or Tuition Fee Loan will be able to apply for this funding for the intercalated year on the same basis that they are currently in receipt of it. (If for any reason you should want to use your Student Loan/Tuition Fee Loan entitlement for the first time for the intercalated year, please ensure you apply for it in good time as it can take several weeks for you to be assessed).

Please note SFE undergraduate loan money cannot be used to fund intercalation to Masters Programmes.

NHS Bursaries Funding for BMedSci Intercalation

BMedSci intercalating students who are entering their 5th year of study - so Phase 3b students and any Phase 3a students who did the Foundation year - at the start of the BMedSci year in August 2017, should be eligible to have their BMedSci tuition fees for the year paid by the NHS Bursaries. Please contact the University Student Fees Office for further information.

Please note NHS Bursaries will NOT cover funding for students intercalating to BMedSci degrees in their 3rd or 4th year of study.

Other Sources of Funding for BMedSci Intercalation

Each year the Medical School is also given a number of scholarships by research organisations and charities to support students doing intercalated degrees. Some of these organizations, for example the Wolfson Foundation, ask us to nominate students to apply for funding.

These scholarships help towards student’s tuition fees and subsistence costs for the intercalated year.

Where there is more than one eligible applicant for a bursary, the funding is allocated to students on the basis of academic record and seniority on the course, with those students intercalating from later phases having priority over students coming out of earlier phases, provided that the applicant has a good academic record. External applicants to the BMedSci are not eligible for funding.

However, many of the awards have conditions attached to them as to whom they can be granted: for example the Jean Shanks award will only fund research on pathology-related topics. You could therefore find that you are the only eligible applicant for a particular award and providing you have the support of the relevant academic approver you would automatically receive that award.

Funding sources: Scholarships and awards*

The following table gives an indication of where awards may be made from. The numbers in brackets refer to numbers of awards potentially available in August 2017. These awards are only for internal students intercalating to the BMedSci.

Please note in all these cases, the BMedSci Programme Director and the BMedSci Administrator make the initial decision as to which student will be nominated for what funding and then the students will be contacted with any further instructions regarding application.

Allocation of scholarships will be finalised in July 2018. None of the bursaries and scholarships will cover the full cost for tuition fees and living expenses for the year, so please ensure you can fund your studies. Please contact Fran Oldale if you wish to discuss this in more detail.

*These awards are for students intercalating on the BMedSci Programme at the Medical School. Students wishing to intercalate to a Masters or externally to Sheffield should contact the relevant department or institution to find out about any scholarship opportunities.

Funding Body Value Conditions

Association of British Neurologists

Up to £5,000

Competitive application for a student studying for a project in Neurology. Speak to Dame Professor Pamela Shaw or Dr Oliver Bandmann in the first instance.

British Association of Dermatologists

Up to £3,000

Competitive application by 20th May 2014 for a project that is relevant to dermatology and/or skin biology. Supervisor to support in application but speak to Fran Oldale in first instance.

Colin Beattie Fund Scholarships (2)

Up to £3000.

Projects in the Department of infection and Immunity - to be approved by Professor Ian Sabroe

Harry Bottom Trust (1-2 nominees)

Up to £9,000

None. To be approved by Dr Oliver Bandmann on the basis of academic record.

Ian Noble Trust Fund (1-2 Nominees)

Up to £1,000

Via a competitive application for a candidates studying BMedScis in any area displaying outstanding attributes in terms of scholarship and leadership. To be approved by the Ian Noble Trustees.

Jean Shanks Foundation (1 nominee)

Up to £4,100 for living costs and separate award made for fees and consumables

Project must be pathology-related (histopathology, microbiology, haematology, chemical, virology, immunology or molecular pathology) and the studentmust be nominated by the Medical School.

John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated BSc Award 2014


The scheme has been designed to capture medical student interest in anaesthetics and its related disciplines. Assessment criteria: (1) quality of the student, (2) quality of the research project and (3) supervisor and teaching environment. 

Kidney Research UK (1)

Up to £5,000

Competitive application for the award to be made by 31st March 2017. Student to be studying a kidney research/nephrology project - Professor Albert Ong to approve.

School of Medicine Bursaries (20-30)

Up to £1,000


Wolfson Foundation (3 nominees)**

Up to £5,000

Students apply for a competitive process via application form by 31 March 2017 after nomination by the Medical School/

**We will nominate 3 applicants to apply to the Wolfson Foundation, immediately after the deadline date for BMedSci applications. Those nominees who are not successful in receiving Wolfson Awards will be entered back into the Medical School bursary allocation process and will be considered eligible for other bursaries.

Masters Funding

Masters Fees

Fees for Masters programmes are variable by course. Please check with the specific Masters programme to confirm the fee for the year.

Intercalation to Masters in 4th year of Study (Phase 3a)

If you are intercalating to Masters in 2018-19 during Phase 3a, then you may be eligible to apply for the SFE Postgraduate Loan (PGL). This loan enables you to borrow up to £10,000 towards your Masters fees, with the remaining amount to be taken as a contribution towards your maintenance. Please note: if you take this loan, you will need to start making repayments on it as soon as you graduate from the MBChB as well as making repayments from that point on any undergraduate SFE loans you have taken. You apply for the PGL via the SFE student portal.

If you are intercalating to Masters in your 4th year of study, you cannot apply for SFE undergraduate loans for either tuition fees or maintenance costs in the intercalation year.

Students intercalating to Masters in their 5th year of study (Phase 3b) cannot apply for the SFE PGL to fund intercalation.

Intercalation to Masters in 5th year of Study (Phase 3b)

Students intercalating to Masters in their 5th year of study (Phase 3b) cannot apply for the SFE PGL to fund intercalation.

If you are intercalating to Masters in your 5th year of study (Phase 3b), you can apply to NHS Bursaries to fund your tuition fees (up to the standard UG tuition fee rate for the year) for a Masters level intercalation. For students starting medicine from 2012-13 there is also a small, non-means tested bursary available from NHS Bursaries. 

However, for 5th year intercalation to Masters you cannot apply for any additional funding from SFE undergraduate loans towards your fees or maintenance cost during a masters level intercalated year.