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Intercalation

Intercalated degrees give you a chance to study a particular area of medicine in depth, whether you’ve already covered it on your medical course or want to study something new.

You can apply to take an intercalated degree after the second, third of fourth year of your course.

Intercalated degrees

Intercalation allows you to:

  • gain new skills;
  • experience a different kind of study;
  • obtain an excellent foundation for a career in academic medicine;
  • strengthen your CV;
  • study on a BSc or master’s course;
  • take advantage of scholarships and bursaries;
  • undertake courses that have been specifically developed for intercalating students.

You will be supported in your decision to intercalate. We also run an intercalation fair where you can meet with staff across the University who will inform you about the opportunities available and with students who have already intercalated.

Most students intercalate on courses within The University of Manchester, but, as long as the content of the degree differs sufficiently to courses offered at Manchester, you can also intercalate at another institution. However, students who decide to intercalate externally will not be considered for the full range of bursary funding offered by Manchester.

We also welcome applications from medical students from other institutions. For more information, please contact us at intercalation@manchester.ac.uk.

BSc and master's courses

For students intercalating at Year 2 or later, you can choose from BSc courses in a range of relevant science, law and humanities subjects allied to our medical courses. However, please note that some courses may require you to have studied at least one year of clinical medicine and therefore will specify you can only apply after Years 3 and 4.

A number of topics can be studied in depth during this year, with most courses having a significant research component, based on either laboratory work or a literature review.

For students intercalating after Year 3 or 4, it is also possible to study on a master's course. Please note that the full range of courses are only available to students studying on the Manchester MBChB course.

Available degrees and how to apply

Undergraduate courses

* Only available to intercalating students from Manchester's MBChB course.

How to apply or ask a question

Intercalation candidates who are currently studying at Manchester should contact intercalation@manchester.ac.uk to apply or for further information.

Applicants from other universities should contact the relevant programme director to apply or for further information. Details can be found on the above course pages.

Postgraduate courses

MSc/MPH/MA courses

MRes courses

How to apply or ask a question

Intercalation candidates who are currently studying at Manchester should contact intercalation@manchester.ac.uk to apply or for further information.

Applicants from other universities should contact the relevant admissions team to apply or for further information. Details can be found on the above course pages.

Funding

Students should consult with their funding body to confirm how they will finance their intercalated year.

Scholarships

The four highest performing intercalation applicants within The University of Manchester will be invited to apply for the Wolfson Award, a grant administered by the Royal College of Physicians. There are also some course-specific awards and, in addition, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has limited funds available to award some of its own scholarships.

Melissa Whitworth

"Without the intercalated BSc, I don't think I would have got a research job as a registrar and, without the research job, I wouldn't be where I am today."

Melissa Whitworth / Consultant Obstetrician and MBChB alumna