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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 or fourth year of your course, but the majority of students intercalate after Years 3 or 4.

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. You will have the opportunity to meet with staff across the University, who will inform you about the courses available. You can also talk to 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 from courses offered at Manchester, you can also intercalate at another institution. However, students who decide to intercalate externally will not be eligible for the full range of bursary funding offered.

We also welcome applications from medical students from other institutions. For more information, please see below for links to the courses and relevant contact details.

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 will specify that 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 is only available to students studying on the Manchester MBChB course.

MB-PhD in Inflammation

The Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD is a funded three-year programme aimed at MBChB students who wish to intercalate to train as clinician scientists.

Our funded MB-PhD training route enables aspiring clinician-scientists to undertake the vocational training of a medical degree while gaining the research expertise of a PhD in Inflammation, leading to the awards of MBChB and PhD.

Eligibility criteria

To apply to intercalate onto the Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD, you must be a student on either the Manchester MBChB course, or the Manchester course pathway of the University of St Andrews Medicine BSc (Hons).


University of Manchester MBChB students must be:

  • currently studying in Year 3; or
  • currently studying in Year 2 and already holding a BSc (Hons) with an Upper Second (2:1) or above in a relevant subject; or
  • intercalating after either Year 2 or Year 3 of the MBChB.


 University of St Andrews Medicine BSc (Hons) students on the Manchester course pathway must be:

  • Currently studying on Year 3 of the Manchester MBChB, having already obtained a BSc classification of an Upper Second (2:1) or above from the University of St Andrews.

Predicted to obtain a BSc classification of an Upper Second (2:1) or above from the University of St Andrews.


Exceptionally, the programme will accept applications from medical students on other UK programmes, external applicant must demonstrate equivalent academic eligibility and institutional support which should evidence opportunities for integration with their undergraduate programme that meet those of internal applicants.

How can I find out more?

Interested candidates should contact the team by emailing: Jemma.fielding@manchester.ac.uk

You can also visit the website for further information

Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD | Biology, Medicine and Health | The University of Manchester 

 

 

 

 

MB-PhD in Cancer Sciences

Our Cancer Research UK-funded MB-PhD training route enables aspiring clinician-scientists to undertake the vocational training of a medical degree while gaining the research expertise of a PhD in Cancer Sciences, leading to the awards of MBChB and PhD.  

Eligibility criteria

To apply to intercalate onto the PhD in Cancer Sciences, you must be a student on either the Manchester MBChB course, or the Manchester course pathway of the University of St Andrews Medicine BSc (Hons).

University of Manchester MBChB students must be:

  • currently studying in Year 3; or
  • currently studying in Year 2 and already holding a BSc (Hons) with an Upper Second (2:1) or above in a relevant subject; or
  • intercalating after either Year 2 or Year 3 of the MBChB.

University of St Andrews Medicine BSc (Hons) students on the Manchester course pathway must be:

  • currently studying on Year 3 of the Manchester MBChB, having already obtained a BSc classification of an Upper Second (2:1) or above from the University of St Andrews;
  • predicted to obtain a BSc classification of an Upper Second (2:1) or above from the University of St Andrews.

How can I find out more?

Interested candidates should contact the Manchester Cancer Research Centre by emailing: MCRCtraining@manchester.ac.uk.

You can also visit the CRUK Manchester Centre website. Videos from our supervisors are available to watch on the Manchester Cancer Research Centre YouTube page.

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. 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