Intercalated degrees at Bristol
An intercalated award is an additional undergraduate degree (BSc or BA) or master's level programme that you complete in an intensive year away from your normal medical, dental or veterinary studies. All UK and international medical, dental and vet students can apply to intercalate at our prestigious University, set in the friendly, vibrant city of Bristol.
Benefits of intercalation
Pausing your studies to intercalate gives you the chance to:
- Delve deeper into a subject or specialism that interests you;
- Improve your career prospects in a competitive graduate market (for medical students, a successful intercalated year gains extra points which can help you secure the F1 placement you want when you graduate);
- Enhance your skills in research, critical scientific thinking, evaluating evidence and academic writing;
- Make new friends and experience life as a student away from your clinical programme.
What can I study?
You can study a BSc or BA after two or more years of study on your professional programme. You need to complete at least three years of your programme for entry on to our master’s level programmes. We offer the following intercalated degrees:
- Biochemistry (BSc)*
- Bioethics (BSc)
- Cancer Biology and Immunology (BSc)*
- Cellular and Molecular Medicine (BSc)*
- Childhood Studies (BSc)*
- Clinical Sciences (BSc)
- Functional and Clinical Anatomy (BSc)
- Genomic Medicine (BSc) (Suspended for 2019/20 and due to return in 2020/21)
- Global Health (BSc)
- Global Wildlife Health and Conservation (MSc)
- Health Sciences Research (MRes)
- Health Sciences Research (Translational Cardiovascular Medicine) (MRes)
- Medical Humanities (BA)
- Medical Microbiology (BSc)*
- Neuroscience (BSc)*
- Pharmacology (BSc)*
- Physiological Science (BSc)*
- Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences (MSc)
- Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (MSc)
- Virology and Immunology (BSc)*
- Zoology (BSc)*
* One-year entry onto a three-year course. Check the course structure for the third year to find out what you will study.
You can check which courses you are eligible to apply for here along with information on the language requirements for each course and whether a supplementary application form is required.
External applicants from other institutions: Email email@example.com
Current University of Bristol students: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees & Funding for intercalated degrees
Fee information for all our courses can be found in the table here.
Funding for intercalation varies depending on where you live. Our Student Funding Office is here to provide you with up-to-date information about the financial support that is available.
A number of bursaries/awards are available to students to assist you during your intercalation year, for example:
Wolfson Foundation Intercalated Awards
This is administered by the Royal College of Physicians and assists outstanding undergraduate medical students during their intercalation year. Nominations for this award will be made by University of Bristol.
Think Big Undergraduate scholarships
These awards are made by the University of Bristol for overseas students and will cover between 25 and 100 per cent of tuition fees for the duration of your course.
The British Association of Dermatologists
The British Association of Dermatologists offers Intercalated Degree Grant grants of £3,000 to assist a UK or Irish undergraduate medical student during an intercalated degree which includes a project that is relevant to dermatology and/or skin biology.
John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated Awards
These awards are funded by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI)/ Anaesthesia and the British Journal of Anaesthesia/ Royal College of Anaesthetists, and are designed to capture medical student interest in anaesthetics and its related disciplines.
Kidney Research UK
Kidney Research UK offers grants of £5,000 to medical students undertaking research that is directly relevant to the kidney and kidney disease as part of an intercalated degree
The Pathological Society
The Pathological Society provides tuition fee, stipend and consumables support to medical, dental or veterinary undergraduates who are members of the Society during their intercalating degree.
For medical and dental undergraduates seeking further information on NHS bursary, please visit the website
How to apply - external students
External students can apply now for 2019/20.
Application deadline for external students
12 noon, Thursday 28 February 2019.
How to apply - University of Bristol students
University of Bristol students can apply now for 2019/20.
Application deadline for internal students
12 noon, Monday 14.01.2019 Vets and Dentists
12 noon, Monday 21.01.2019 Medics
Supplementary application forms
For the following seven programmes, supplementary application forms are required and these should be downloaded and completed ready to upload when making your application online. The programmes are:
- Bioethics (BSc) (Office document, 19kB)
- Childhood Studies (BSc) (Office document, 13kB)
- Functional and Clinical Anatomy (BSc) (Office document, 15kB)
- Global Health (BSc) (Office document, 21kB)
- Medical Humanities (BA) (Office document, 39kB)
- MRes Health Sciences Research (Office document, 14kB)
- MRes in Health Sciences Research TCM (Office document, 14kB)
Students who intercalate from other institutions are guaranteed an offer of accommodation subject to the normal conditions of Bristol's accommodation guarantee. Please contact the Accommodation Office for further details.
For 2019-20 only
While we fully expect to run our one-year intercalation only courses in Bioethics, Clinical Sciences, Functional & Clinical Anatomy, Global Health & Medical Humanities in the academic year 2019/20, we can only do so if we recruit sufficient numbers of students. We will notify you by 31 March 2019 if we are unable to run the course. We may also offer you a place on another intercalation programme of your choice at the University.