Undergraduate initiatives

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Intercalated Degrees

As a medical or dental student, you may choose to take a year out from your medical / dental course and study on one of our intercalated Bachelor in Medical Science degree programmes.

Reasons for intercalating

  • To get in depth scientific training in an area already of interest to you and develop practical research and analysis skills within that discipline.
  • To develop and conduct your own research (which may lead to publication)
  • To get an additional qualification of relevance to your future career.
  • To broaden your medical interests into an area outside the undergraduate curriculum or to take your interest to a higher level than can be covered within core curricula.
  • To develop and enhance transferable skills such as writing, project management, presentation skills, argument development and debating skills.
  • To study with students from outside a clinical medicine background (some programmes only)
  • As an intellectual challenge

 

Conference Fund for Clinical Students

This fund has been established to assist undergraduate clinical students (MBChB, BNurs and BDS) to attend national and international conferences when presenting their own research. Money is available towards registration fees, travel and accommodation.

There will be two closing dates a year Friday 20 June 2014 and Friday 21 November 2014.

Students may submit applications retrospectively if a decision has been made to attend a conference which does not enable application prior to attendance.

Vacation and Elective Scholarships

Vacation and Elective Scholarships offer an early taste of life in research. There are a number of national funding bodies that award both Vacation and Elective Studentships.

Vacation Grants

These schemes give students the chance to work full time on their own research project for a period over their holidays providing undergraduates with a glimpse of life in a research environment. The experience can be very rewarding, enabling students to sample the joys and frustrations of research.

There is a selection of externally funded scholarships available to medical students for vacation research experience.

The Sir Arthur Thomson Charitable Trustis a locally funded scheme for Birmingham students. Up to 4 studentships are awarded each year and each award is for a maximum of 10 weeks. Students  receive £185/week subsistence allowance(if less than 10 weeks payment will be pro-rata for the number of weeks).

Students will be expected to contact a supervisor and submit a joint application. Host supervisors can either be members of the University of Birmingham or from another institution.

The applications will be assessed and awarded by the Clinical Academic Training Operation Group. Preference will be given to research projects with a clearly defined objective, achievable in the time available, and those which give the student scope for thought and initiative. However the criteria by which the grants will be awarded will be flexible to encourage all forms of research.

Students from both the 5 year MBChB and the graduate entry MBChB course will be eligible to apply for the grant.

  • The application form can be found here and the closing date is Friday 18th April 2014

 

Elective Grants

A comprehensive list of elective grants and prizes can be found at http://www.revise4finals.co.uk/medicine/abroad/funding.php