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:

* 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.

Contact us

External applicants from other institutions: Email

Current University of Bristol students: Email

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:

How to apply - external students

External students can apply now for 2019/20.

Apply online (external students)

Application deadline for external students

12 noon, Thursday 28 February 2019.

Admissions statement (PDF, 120kB)

How to apply - University of Bristol students

University of Bristol students can apply now for 2019/20.

Apply online (Internal students)

Application deadline for internal students

12 noon, Monday 14.01.2019 Vets and Dentists

12 noon, Monday 21.01.2019 Medics

FAQ for internal applicants (PDF, 130kB)

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: 

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

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.

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