Why should I intercalate to do a degree?
There are three key reasons to intercalate.
Do you enjoy a subject? Do you have a research project idea that you want to explore in more depth? This may be your last opportunity to do that, without taking a career break later on, which is always difficult. So some students decide that they are fascinated in anatomy, or public health, or endocrinology and choose an intercalated degree to further that interest.
Intercalating strengthens your future job applications. At Foundation level having a degree gives you extra points on the scoring system. The table below gives you an indication of the points out of 100 that are awarded for these degrees. Other points are awarded for your quartile (34-40 points), and performance in either the application questions, or, in future, a Situational Judgement test (currently being piloted) – a further 0-50 points. Be aware that this system of marks may change in future.
Primary Medical Qualification only
Honours degree 3rd class, unclassified or ordinary degree
Honours degree 2.2 class
Honours degree 2.1 class
Masters degree, Honours degree 1st class, Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS), B Vet Med
Doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, etc)
Marks are also awarded for prizes, published papers and academic conference presentations:
Max Points = 5 Scoring Criteria
Up to 2 Publications
Publication of peer reviewed academic work to which the applicant is a named contributor and has a PMID.
Up to 2 Presentations
Oral or poster presentation at national or international level to which the applicant is a named contributor. Poster presenters do not need to have presented the poster in person at the conference. Please note that online presentations do not count for purposes of this application.
Up to 2 Prizes
Academic/educational prizes at national level (excluding medical school prizes and bursaries).
Please do not be worried about the above mark system as relatively few medical students gain any marks in this section – but it is worth being aware of this system. Clearly, having an intercalated degree does gain you marks, and some of those students will then also gain marks for publications or presentations – though often publications are not published in time, but will always be helpful to you in the future.
In application for core and specialty training when the experience gained in specialty during a year of intercalation, masters level qualification and possession of publications arising can be strong determinants in favour of candidates that have undertake an intercalated MRes in Clinical Science.
Finally, intercalated degrees often include a period of research. Medical research is great fun, though sometimes hard work. The feeling of achievement when you make a new discovery is immense. Having experience of undertaking research is always helpful whatever post you end up doing as you will gain a broad range of new skills, and understand the difficulties of carrying out research whether in a laboratory or outside on patients or the public etc. If you are at all interested in an academic career pathway, then undertaking an intercalated degree is very important and you would be sensible to pick a degree that does include a strong research project element.
When can I intercalate?
Between years 3 and 4 or years 4 and 5.
What are the criteria?
You will be:
In good academic standing i.e. have passed all assessments in year 4
In good professional standing i.e. no outstanding fitness to practice issues
I don't meet the criteria, can I still apply to intercalate?
You must make an appointment to see Professor Tom Wileman to discuss your request further (email@example.com).
Specific detailed information on the intercalation process can be accessed via the Portal.
We welcome medical students from other medical schools in the UK and overseas who have successfully completed the first three years of a recognized medical degree, and who are native English speakers or can demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or above. Candidates should provide a letter from their medical school as evidence of leave to intercalate with us.
For additional information please contact the intercalations tutor, Professor Tom Wileman (firstname.lastname@example.org).