Studying Medicine With A Disability
You can apply to study Medicine in the UK if you are disabled.
If you’re studying Medicine with a disability, or you are applying on behalf of a disabled student, there is a range of practical and financial support available.
This page answers the following questions about applying to Medicine as a disabled student:
- Can I apply to study medicine if I am disabled?
- What funding is available for disabled students studying medicine?
- What else can I do as a disabled student?
- When do I tell people about my disability?
Studying Medicine With a Disability: Can I Apply To Study Medicine If I Am Disabled?
Most medical schools require that students have the capability to be fit to practice medicine at the end of the course. If you are unsure how this rule might affect you, it’s a good idea to contact your chosen Medical Schools well in advance of the UCAS deadline, so that your individual circumstances can be considered.
What Funding Is Available For Disabled Students Studying Medicine?
If you’re studying Medicine with a disability, the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) is the main source of financial help. It can provide funding for equipment, books and any other support you may need.
What Else Can I Do As A Disabled Student?
Visit some Medical Schools! Go to open days or arrange a visit with the course provider. This way you can get a sense of whether the facilities, provisions and of course the atmosphere suits you and your needs.
You should also contact the course provider with any questions you have. They will be happy to help you decide if their institution is right for you.
Consider any special study materials or assistance you will need whilst at university and familiarise yourself with the Disability Services at the universities you are applying to. All universities have them, and they are there to help you study as independently as possible.
When Do I Tell People About My Disability?
Once you’ve worked out where and what you will be studying, you have the option to declare your disability on your UCAS form. This means that course providers can start putting the right support in place for you before you arrive.