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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?

External students can study a BSc or BA after two or more years of study on their professional programme. Three years of a professional programme need to be completed for entry on to our Master’s level programmes.  University of Bristol students can only intercalate between years 3 and 4 of their programme for either a BSc/BA or Masters.

We offer the following intercalated degrees:

* One-year entry onto a three-year course. Check the course structure for the third year in the programme catalogue to find out what you will study.

See the eligibility and entry criteria page to check which courses you are eligible to apply for along with information on the language requirements for each course and whether a supplementary application form is required.

Contact us

External applicants from other institutions: Email

Current University of Bristol students: Email

Fees & Funding for intercalated degrees

For information on fees see Intercalated degrees - Course Fees.  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.

For medical and dental undergraduates seeking further information on the NHS bursary, please visit the NHS website

A number of other bursaries/ awards are available to students to assist you during your intercalation year, for example:

How to apply - external students

Applications are now closed for external students and expected to reopen in early 20/21 academic year for entry in 21/22

Admissions Statement 2021-22 (PDF, 123kB)

How to apply - University of Bristol students

Applications for the 2021/22 are open for Year 3 Medical Students and close Friday 16th October. More information will follow for Veterinary and Dental student deadlines.
Apply Now 

FAQs Intercalation 2021-22 (PDF, 236kB)

Accommodation guarantee

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.

It’s a guarantee of a good time and an interesting year. You can study something that has always piqued your interest, whilst exploring a city with so much to offer that nine months won’t be enough.

Patrick Quinn (Medicine and Surgery MBChB, Keele University), Intercalating at the University of Bristol
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