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 intercalate at our prestigious University, set in the friendly, vibrant city of Bristol.

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.

Why intercalate at Bristol?

Studying at Bristol offers intercalators the ideal blend of research-led teaching and independent study, delivered in superb facilities.

Bristol’s many sports, society, and volunteering opportunities also make it a fun place to be a student during your intercalation year.

What intercalated degrees can I study at Bristol?

Bristol offers the following exciting range of intercalated degrees.

One-year standalone courses

These degrees are designed as standalone one-year degrees aimed specifically at intercalating students:

One-year entry on a three-year course

Students can also intercalate onto the final year of the following three-year degrees. Please check the course structure for the third year to find out more about what you will study:

How to apply

Benefits of intercalation

Pausing your studies to intercalate provides a whole host of positive benefits for your career and personal development, offering you the chance to:

  • delve deeper into a subject or specialism that interests you;
  • study something completely different from your current subject;
  • explore current trends in cutting-edge areas of research working alongside international experts at a leading research institution;
  • focus on a research project which will provide you with an excellent grounding in research methods;
  • present your research at an academic conference or as a journal publication;
  • enhance your skills in researching literature, critical scientific thinking, evaluating evidence and academic writing. These transferable skills will prove invaluable when you return to your first degree and for the rest of your career. They also offer you a significant headstart if you decide to embark on postgraduate study in the future;
  • improve your career prospects in a competitive graduate market. For medical students, a successful intercalated year gains extra points for matching and can help you gain the F1 placement you want when you graduate;
  • make new friends away from your professional programme;
  • experience life as a student away from your clinical programme and its extensive timetable.

More information about intercalation

Choosing to intercalate is a significant decision and there is a lot to consider before you apply.

For example, you will need to think about the additional costs of another year at university, how you will deal with different teaching and assessment methods and how you will feel about rejoining your professional programme a year behind your peers.

We want our students to have the very best experience with us so to help you with any concerns, the University offers a wealth of support services.

These include a knowledgeable Student Funding Office, a comprehensive range of study skills sessions and an approachable Student Services team who are on hand to offer plenty of support and advice should you ever need it.

You can also find out more about what intercalation involves at, or download our Intercalated degrees for medical, veterinary and dental students (PDF, 836kB).

I don’t know anyone who has regretted intercalating, but I do know a few people who have regretted not intercalating. Do some research on how particular courses differ between universities... I would recommend the University of Bristol to anyone thinking of intercalating.

Charlie Beavis, BMBS Medicine, University of Southampton. Intercalating at the University of Bristol

How to apply for external students

Apply online

Application deadline for external students now extended:
Friday 30 June 2017

Supplementary application forms

For the following five programmes, supplementary application forms are required and these should be downloaded and completed ready to upload when making your application online. The programmes are: 

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.

Funding for intercalated degrees

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.

Studying at Bristol

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