Intercalated degrees at Bristol
All UK and international medical, dental and vet students can intercalate at our prestigious University, set in the friendly, vibrant city of 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.
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?
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:
- Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science (BSc)
- Bioethics (BSc)
- Functional and Clinical Anatomy (BSc)
- Genomic Medicine (BSc)
- Global Health (BSc)
- Health Sciences (BSc)
- Health Sciences Research (MRes)
- Medical Humanities (BA)
- Pathology and Microbiology (BSc)
- Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences (MSc)
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:
- Biochemistry (BSc)
- Cancer Biology and Immunology (BSc)
- Cellular and Molecular Medicine (BSc)
- Childhood Studies (BSc)
- Medical Microbiology (BSc)
- Neuroscience (BSc)
- Pharmacology (BSc)
- Physiological Science (BSc)
- Virology and Immunology (BSc)
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 intercalate.co.uk, or download our Intercalated degrees for medical, veterinary and dental students (PDF, 836kB).
Application deadline for external students
Friday 10 February 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:
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 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.
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