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This page contains details and links to further information on fees and funding for the MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society.


Information on fees for this course can be accessed via the search facility on the Graduate Admissions finance pages.

Graduate Admissions also provide general information on maintenance costs can be estimated using their maintenance calculator.


Securing funding to support graduate study will be important for many applicants. This is a separate process from your academic application. There are a number of funding opportunities available through the University, but all are very competitive. Therefore you should make sure to research funding opportunities outside the University and apply for all funds for which you are eligible.

Graduate Funding Competition

You are automatically considered for funding through the Graduate Funding Competition if you:

  • Submit a completed application by the relevant funding deadline. The deadlines are 9 October 2019 for US Gates applicants, and 3 December 2019 for all other applicants.
  • Tick the boxes on the Applicant Portal relating to the funding for which you would like to be considered.

Many, but not all, University funding sources participate in the Graduate Funding Competition. You can search through all funding sources using the Student Funding Search.

For general information on finance, including details of the fees for this course, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Wellcome Masters Awards in Humanities and Social Science

We have a limited number of Wellcome Trust awards (normally one per year) to support students on the Health, Medicine and Society MPhil course. These awards pay all fees (at UK/EU rate only), plus a £15,000 stipend. All successful applicants will be automatically considered for one of these awards by the HMS course managers.

There is no deadline for consideration for the Wellcome Masters Award.

HMS Maintenance Awards

The Managers of the MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society will automatically consider all applicants for a limited number of maintenance awards of up to £6,500. Assessment will be based on information provided in the Applicant Portal. Offers of funding will start to be made in March each year, and awards will continue to be allocated until all available funding has been committed.

There is no deadline for consideration for the HMS Maintenance award

Other sources of funding

The British Society for the History of Science offers up to three bursaries each year to support students taking a master's degree.

The Institute of Medical Ethics offers scholarships to support UK medical undergraduates who wish to undertake an intercalated degree – such as an MPhil – that has medical ethics as a substantial component.

The Royal Historical Society offers a number of research grants for those undertaking postgraduate research. Funds are available to subsidise attendance at conferences and training courses, and to help defray the costs of archival visits.


Students experiencing hardship should consult their College tutor for advice about sources of funding for which they may be eligible. More information is available at the following link.

Student Registry: Hardship funding for graduate students