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;
  • 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 you can 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 Medical and Veterinary 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.

Visit 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 you need a supplementary application form.

Contact us

External applicants from other institutions: email

Current University of Bristol students: email

Fees and funding for intercalated degrees

Funding for intercalation varies depending on where you live. Our Student Funding Office can provide you with up-to-date information about the financial support that is available.

Intercalated degrees – course fees

Medical and dental undergraduates seeking further information on the NHS bursary should visit the NHS website.

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

How to apply – external students

Applications for entry in 2024/25 are open from 05 October 2023.

The application system will close at 11:59 pm on 31 May 2024. We recommend that you apply early because we might fill all available places before this deadline.

Admissions Statement 24/25 (Office document, 53kB)

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How to apply – University of Bristol students

Applications for 2024–25 for existing Bristol students are open from 5 October 2023.

The deadline for applications from medical students is 11:59 pm on 2 November 2023.

The deadline for applications from dental students is 11:59 pm on 16 January 2024.

The deadline for applications from veterinary students is 11:59 pm on 16 January 2024.

FAQs Intercalation 24-25 (Office document, 43kB)

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Accommodation guarantee

Students who intercalate from other institutions to undergraduate degrees are guaranteed an offer of accommodation subject to the normal conditions of Bristol's accommodation guarantee.

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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