University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) has banned UK students from taking up one of its medicine degree and has made it available only to overseas students.
The medicine course costs £36,500 per year and a total of £182,500 over the five years. The university announced it was unable to admit UK students due to government's limits on places to study medicine.
38 overseas students are in the initial intake, while students from the UK or anywhere in the EU are unable to apply. This restriction has been left as medicine degrees, part funded by the NHS, cost more than the £9,000 limit on fees in England.
Deborah Streatfield said, "This does absolutely nothing to help young students from disadvantaged backgrounds who struggle to access medical courses and then face five years of fees and tuition loans. These students would love to work and give back to the NHS if given a chance."
Cathy Jackson, head of UCLAN's medical school said, "we are very much not an elitist organization. These international students self-fund their course in the same way as international students do at every other medical school in the UK. Unlike other schools however, we don't yet have any home students."
A Department of Health spokesperson told, "They fund student places for doctors based on the numbers the NHS tell us it will need in the future to ensure we get value for money for the taxpayer and we are committed to deliver an estimated 5,000 more doctors in general practice by 2020."
This all comes after research from the Medical Schools Council released in December showed half of UK schools and colleges had not provided a single medicine candidate in recent years, leading to concerns that universities are not doing enough to recruit students from a range of backgrounds. The report released in 2014 found that 80 percent of all medical students came from just 20 percent of schools.