EoE Bursaries for HFMA qualifications

The  East of England Finance Academy is providing NHS finance staff  the opportunity to further their knowledge, enhance career opportunities and progress to an MBA by enrolling in HFMA qualifications in healthcare business and finance with fully funded places.

What’s on offer?

Bursaries are available for the HFMA qualifications at certificate and diploma level in healthcare business and finance.

Who can apply and when?  

HFMA’s masters level qualification in healthcare business and finance is designed specifically for individuals working within the UK healthcare sector. It will help you to broaden your understanding of strategic management and business in the health service to help address the financial and operational challenges facing the system.

To be accepted to study on the HFMA qualifications programme you will need to demonstrate through your application that you can study at masters-level. To access a bursary you will need to work for an NHS organisation within the East of England. There are no other prerequisites required, and applications from finance professionals in a range of roles and bandings are welcome.  To ensure that we support as many individuals as possible from the funding available we will restrict bursaries to one per person.

We recommend that candidates with less than two years of professional experience in healthcare should complete the module ‘Making finance work in the NHS’ as part of their HFMA diploma. Qualified accountants with more than 2 years’ experience working in healthcare can gain exemption from the first 60 credits with HFMA if applying to study, and wish to move onto the executive MBA.

The places are on offer for the March 2024 and October 2024 intakes (subject to availability).

If you’d like to discuss your suitability for the programme please contact nick.passmore@hfma.org.uk

How do I find out more about the qualifications?

The easiest way is to come along to an information session.  A recording of the Spotlight on Qualifications session is available here.

There will be another spotlight workshop at the East of England Finance Conference – Monday 26 February 10-10:50.  Book all finance conference here NHS Skills Development Network (NHS SDN)

One of our East of England participants, Neeraj Beeknoo, talks about his experiences here.

If you have any further queries please contact nick.passmore@hfma.org.uk

How do I apply?

Please complete this application form –


Applications for bursaries will be reviewed by the finance academy to check that the bursary requirements are met and funding availability. Once approved the HFMA qualifications team will be in touch to complete your formal entry.

Deadlines for application

  • 4th March 2024 for March 24 intake
  • 8th October 2023 for October 24 intake

What support will I get as a learner?

The HFMA Academy will support learners throughout the application process, and once you are enrolled the HFMA qualification team provides:

  • Support from expert tutors
  • 24/7 accessible learning environment
  • Weekly live evening sessions
  • Guidance on academic study skills
  • Study breaks to allow catch-up

Is there financial support available towards an Executive MBA?

Bursaries are available for completion of the certificate and diploma qualifications which are the building blocks towards an MBA.  Due to the higher level of funding required for an MBA, bursaries are not available for the full cost, however individuals who have not previously received a bursary can apply to the academy for part-funding.

Colleagues with protected characteristics can apply for HFMA research fellowships towards the costs of an Executive MBA.

Please contact the East of England Finance Academy (jane.payling@eastamb.nhs.uk) for more information on funding for MBAs