Should you study for an intercalated degree?
What’s entailed, and how to make the most out of intercalating
- By: Rachel Walden, Ian Watt
An intercalated degree is an opportunity for medical students to take a year out from their medical training and to undertake a further degree qualification. The aim of an intercalated degree is to give future clinicians additional skills and experience in a specialist area, which can be anything from anatomy, global health, psychology, and medical education to medical journalism and philosophy. Taking an intercalated year when you are at medical school can also add up to five points to your foundation programme application, which may improve your chances of getting the training destination of your choice. In this article we look at the things you need to consider when thinking about studying for an intercalated degree.
About one third of undergraduate medical students in the United Kingdom intercalate (see figure).1 Some medical schools, such as Oxford and Imperial College London, offer a 6 year programme which includes studying towards a