The Scottish Government has implemented a mandatory national levy. This covers the costs of NHS clinical teaching for overseas medical students. These costs are met for UK and EU students by the Scottish Government and the funding is commonly called ‘Additional Cost of Teaching’ or ‘ACT’.

This means all medical students who pay overseas tuition fees from 2016/17 onwards have to pay the annual levy.

Although your tuition fees to the University (as outlined in your offer letter) will not change, this additional levy will increase the overall cost of your training.

How much is the levy?

The Scottish Government have confirmed that the charge will be £10,000 for all students starting from September 2017 onwards. This means that in September 2017 and every year of study, you will have to pay an annual sum of up to £10,000.

This cost is in addition to (and separate from) your University tuition fees.

Why has the levy come about?

From August 2016, the Scottish Government has introduced the requirement for a contribution to the cost of clinical teaching provided by the NHS in Scotland for overseas (non-EU) medical students. All Scottish universities are subject to this requirement.  

We will collect and pass on the levy to NHS Education Scotland (NES), which then allocates ACT funds within the NHS.