Studying in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Student funding arrangements vary across the UK. Your eligibility for funding is determined by your usual place of residence, not your place of study.

If you are living in England and want to study in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will have access to the same student loans system as if you were studying in England. This is the same as the system for other university courses. You can find out more in our UK funding tables showing tuition fees and financial support across the home nations or via the gov.uk website.

Scotland

Scotland does not have any tuition fees. Nursing and midwifery students in Scotland are funded under a different system to allied health profession students.

Funding for nursing and midwifery students

Nursing and midwifery students receive a non-means tested non-repayable bursary and additional allowances for eligible students , including a dependants’ allowance, a lone parent’s allowance, contributions towards childcare costs and a disabled student’s allowance. As in England, the costs of placement-related travel and accommodation are reimbursed.

Funding for allied health profession students

Unlike nursing and midwifery students, allied health profession students in Scotland come under the general Scottish student funding system and receive a combination of bursaries and loans, dependent on household income and whether an individual is classified as a Young Student or Independent student. Additional allowances are available to eligible students. These include a dependants’ allowance, a loan parent’s allowance, contributions towards childcare costs and a disabled student’s allowance. As in England, the costs of placement-related travel and accommodation are reimbursed.

More information can be found on the Student Awards Agency Scotland website.

This part of the website will soon be expanded with more detailed information.

Wales

Welsh-domiciled students in Wales

Wales still has an NHS bursary for 2018/19, though arrangements for future years are yet to be confirmed. Wales is reviewing its student support system for all students.

Students in Wales who access the NHS bursary now need to commit to working in Wales for two years after graduation. If you are a Welsh domiciled student and you do not wish to commit to working within Wales on completion of your course, you will have access to the standard student support package available from Student Finance Wales. However, if you already have a first degree and are undertaking a pre-registration programme you are not eligible to apply for a reduced rate student loan.

If you’re a student studying an NHS funded course in Wales, you can get a Maintenance Loan of up to £4,000 in 2018/19 from Student Finance Wales.

Individuals who already have a first degree and are undertaking a pre-registration programme at MSc/PG Dip level in Wales will have access to the NHS bursary package but no access to the reduced student maintenance loan.

Further information can be found on the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership website.

Students from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland wishing to study in Wales

If you come from England and wish to study in Wales you will have a choice of taking out a loan from your own nation or applying for a Welsh NHS bursary. If you take the bursary, at the moment, like Welsh students you would need to commit to working in Wales for at least two years after graduation.

This part of the website will soon be expanded with more detailed information.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland students of nursing and midwifery are eligible for a non means tested NHS bursary. AHP students can access a means-tested NHS bursary and a reduced rate maintenance loan. More details can be found on the nidirect website.