What you need to know about intercalation
The pros and cons of intercalation and when you can intercalate at different medical schools
An intercalated degree is an opportunity for medical students to take a year out from their training and get a further degree qualification. The aim of an intercalated degree is to give future doctors 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 can add up to five points to your foundation programme application.
By undertaking an intercalated degree you will have a chance to study different subjects in depth and to become familiar with scientific techniques and methods or research that you might not otherwise encounter. You can also study for a masters or PhD, although this can take longer than a year and you may need either a full or intercalated degree in the subject. Intercalation also provides an opportunity to obtain prizes for your research and to