Intercalated Degree (BMedSc, BSc, MSc or MRes)
As a medical student, you may choose to step aside from your medical degree for a year to study for an intercalated degree.
At the Birmingham Medical School intercalation is optional. For some students the opportunity to study an area in depth and undertake research is extremely attractive. Other students are keen to qualify and work as a doctor as soon as possible. Both paths are encouraged at BMS. In order to intercalate, student will need to meet certain academic criteria which indicate that they are performing well on the medical degree programme.
These are our current intercalation opportunties, but we are expanding our offering so this list may be different by the time you come to Birmingham.
We accept applications for the above courses from any medical or dental student currently studying in the UK or EU, with the exception of our BMedSc Medical Sciences course and BSc Human Neuroscience course, which are open to University of Birmingham students exclusively. Current University of Birmingham students wishing to intercalate at another institution should refer to the Intercalation section within Canvas for details of the process of securing leave of absence for the purpose of intercalation.
Those Birmingham medical students interested in cancer might also wish to consider transferring, during their intercalation year, into the PhD/MBChB programme in Oncology, funded by Cancer Research UK. We also support medical students in applying for British Heart Foundation MB-PhD studentships. Find out more about the PhD/MBChB programme.
MSc or MRes intercalation
Medical students who have completed four years of their degree in Birmingham or elsewhere can also join intercalated Masters programmes running alongside Masters programmes which recruit more broadly. These intercalation programmes are:
Why do people choose to intercalate?
There are many benefits of intercalating, including receiving in depth scientific training in an area already of interest to you and develop practical research and analysis skills within that discipline. In addition to its intellectual challenge, the intercalated course enables you to:
- Develop and conduct your own research (which may lead to publication)
- Receive an additional qualification of relevance to your future career
- 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
- Develop and enhance transferable skills such as writing, project management, presentation skills, argument development and debating skills
- Study with students from outside a clinical medicine background (some courses only)
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about intercalation, please email us at email@example.com
BMEDSC CLinical Sciences and Intercalation
Taking a research year as part of your degree
International and Public Health students talk about their intercalated research projects