Bursaries for new graduate medicine course
27 July 2017
Up to £16,000 in return for service in NHS.
A bursary of £4,000 per year will be made available to students
on Scotland's new graduate entry medical course.
The optional grant, worth £16,000 over the four year course,
will be payable to students who agree to work in Scotland's NHS for
a certain time period. For each £4,000 claimed, there will be a
commitment to one year of service.
This return of service arrangement, sometimes known as bonding,
is used in other countries and has been used for dentistry training
The ScotGEM course will be hosted by the universities of Dundee
and St Andrews with support from the University of the Highlands
and Islands, and will have a particular focus on general practice
and rural working.
In addition to the return-of-service bursary, the Scottish
Government will pay the tuition fees for eligible students.
Currently, eligible students are those assessed as "home funded"
for fee purposes (Scottish domiciled/EU students).
ScotGEM will have 40 places and is open to people who already
hold a degree who want to move into medicine as a career. After
completing the degree, graduates will then complete foundation and
specialty training before starting work as fully-qualified doctors.
For graduates opting to receive a bursary, the 'return of service'
commitment begins at the start of their Foundation Training.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
"I'm pleased to be able to offer these bursaries for students on
our ScotGEM course who are willing to commit a certain part of
their service to Scotland's NHS. I hope this will encourage
students to consider this course as a route into a medical
"Along with the free tuition for eligible students, this
represents an attractive package for potential applicants.
"ScotGEM is an entirely new concept for Scotland, with a
particular focus on rural medicine and general practice. These are
two priority recruitment areas for Scotland's NHS, and they are
also extremely rewarding career paths."
Applications open in September but anyone interested must
register for the
preliminary aptitude tests GAMSAT and UKCAT. Registration
for GAMSAT closes on 4 August.
More details of the ScotGEM course can be found on the University of
Dundee and University of St
Source - The Scottish Government