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The Government have set out initial plans for the reform of higher education to ensure that we maintain England's world class university sector underpinned by progressive student funding with the emphasis on first undergraduate degrees.
Unlike the vast majority of students doing a second undergraduate degree, students who choose to take a second undergraduate degree in medicine continue to have access to Government support.
Those taking the normal length five or six-year medicine degree receive a maintenance loan from this Department for the first four years of the course. From the fifth year, the Department of Health (DH) pays the student's tuition charges in full and also provides a means-tested NHS Bursary; the BIS maintenance loan continues to be available at a reduced rate.
Some students take a four-year accelerated graduate-entry medicine degree. Individual universities set their own entry requirements for this course, but most entrants are required to hold an honours degree in an appropriate science discipline. Students are eligible for a maintenance loan from BIS for the first year of the course. For the remaining three years the DH pays the student's tuition charges in full as well as providing a means-tested NHS Bursary; the reduced maintenance loan from BIS is also available.
Lord Browne did not recommend any changes to the funding of postgraduate education but did recommend that participation in postgraduate study should be monitored to identify whether changes to the undergraduate funding and finance system have any effect on entry to postgraduate courses: we have committed to do so.