Intercalated medical degrees
This page lists the main features of intercalated degrees and explains how they can be of benefit to you. You can find out more about intercalated degrees from your medical school.
The main features of an intercalated degree
- the degree you take is in a subject related to medicine
- it usually takes one extra year of study
- depending on your medical school, the degree is taken between years 2 and 3, 3 and 4, or 4 and 5
- entry is competitive, especially for the more popular degree courses
- in exceptional circumstances, there may be the option to take your intercalated degree at a different university
Benefits of taking an intercalated degree
- it gives you a chance to study a subject that interests you in greater depth or to find out more about a particular specialty
- the experience can help your application for foundation and specialty training
- an intercalated degree can be particularly useful if you’re thinking of going into an academic career in medicine or into medical education
- it’s an opportunity for you to develop skills, such as scientific techniques, research skills and critical evaluation
- you may have the opportunity to present your work at national or international meetings and/or have it published in a medical journal
Some students take the opportunity to gain a further qualification whilst studying for their degree in medicine. Certain medical schools expect all their students to complete an intercalated degree, for others you must apply.