Expansion of Undergraduate Medical Education

Closed 2 Jun 2017

Opened 14 Mar 2017


The government proposes to increase the number of student places at English medical schools by 1,500.  The first 500 places will be allocated to medical schools and will be available to students in September 2018.

A further 1,000 places will be allocated through a competitive bidding process - this consultation seeks views on the allocation of these 1,000 places.

We are particularly interested in receiving comments on:

  • the proposed criteria that will be used to allocate the places between medical schools
  • whether medical graduates should be required to work in the NHS for a specified period of time, in return for the investment that the taxpayer has made in their medical education

Higher Education Funding Council for England and Health Education England will work together to design the competitive bidding process for the distribution of places between universities. The responses to this consultation will inform that process, which will allow the government to take this policy forward.


  • GPs
  • Doctors
  • Foundation Trusts
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Regulatory body
  • Academic/ Professional institution
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Trade union
  • Deaneries
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Members of the public


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