Intercalation: is there a right time?
Students and staff guide you through the process of deciding when to take a year out
Almost all UK medical schools offer students the opportunity to take an intercalated degree. These programmes give students the chance to study in a field related to medicine for an additional year. Various qualifications are available, including bachelor of medical science and bachelor of arts degrees. The most common is a bachelor of science degree (BSc). Deciding which programme to embark on is just one of the many considerations. A number of questions must be considered and decisions made in relation to what course you should do, when you should do it, and how much it will cost.
Some medical schools include a compulsory intercalated degree within their six year undergraduate degree programme, whereas others allow students to choose whether to intercalate. Generally, students intercalate after their second, third, or fourth year of study, but how should you decide when is the right time for you? The decision can be