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Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Intercalated degrees

Intercalated Degrees Science Fair

Date for January 2023 to be confirmed later in the year.

All UK and Overseas medical students welcome

If you have any queries, please contact Thuraisha Naidoo:

Why should I take an intercalated degree?

Courses leading to an intercalated degree offer students an excellent opportunity to think critically about, and to study more deeply, the scientific bases of the medical sciences. Experience has shown that those who have undertaken an intercalated degree gain a deeper knowledge of the underlying science as well as a greater understanding of their clinical studies.

The medical and dental courses are by their very nature vocational, and therefore stress the basic aspects of the topics they cover. They aim to provide students with a set body of well-established knowledge on which they can rely during their training, without going into either the controversies or experimental evidence behind many of the areas of knowledge.

By studying for these courses you will be encouraged to pursue such ideas in greater depth. You will be taught by staff who have personal research experience in the topics and, therefore, speak with authority. There are also lectures by outside speakers and workshops where you can talk about new work.

In addition, you will undertake a research project supervised by a member of staff. This will give you the chance to experience the excitements and the difficulties of research. This not only provides a stimulating and challenging period of your training, but the performance of a research project will give you a very good appreciation of whether you may wish to pursue a research career after the finish of your medical training.

Who can take an intercalated degree?

Applications to study will be considered from post 2nd/3rd/4th year medical, dental and veterinary medicine students for an iBSc or post 3rd/4th year for an MSc (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU countries) who have passed all years to date. This includes those who have previously undertaken an undergraduate degree unless that course was itself an intercalated degree. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.

Approximately 25 - 30 places at external medical schools will be available to post 2nd, 3rd and 4th year QMUL students. For details of the selection procedure and guidelines for students intending to apply including those applying from other medical schools see how to apply.

Please note all QMUL students must receive full written permission from the School of Medicine and Dentistry before they are permitted to intercalate. Full permission will be sent to students by the intercalated degrees administrator after the application period has ended in April/May 2022. Any prior permission should be considered provisional and liable to change until this has been received.

What intercalated BSc courses are available?

There are 9 intercalated BSc courses available at QMUL:

In addition 20 masters (MSc) degrees have been identified as suitable for intercalation. Please see below.

Note, offered courses may change ahead of the 2023 application period.

Masters Degrees

General Information

There is now a formalised process for taking up masters degrees (MSc) during your intercalating year. However, it should be noted that these are extremely challenging degrees. As masters degrees are not necessarily just for intercalating students, you may find yourselves on courses with fellow students who have vocational experience as well as an academic interest in their field of study. The standard therefore is high. Only MSc degrees advertised as suitable for intercalation should be considered. All degrees in this range have been adapted for intercalation.

The minimum entry requirement for our MSc degrees will be 360 credits i.e. at least three years study on the MBBS/BDS course. 

Also, the School will require written evidence that all academic assessment on an external masters course is to be completed prior to your return to the MBBS/BDS course so that student progression on the MBBS/BDS programme is not compromised by the intercalating year.

Students should also consider that, as master degrees are of 12 months duration, students requiring resits and /or retakes will only be permitted to do so at the discretion of the Dean for Education. Should a student fail an MSc degree, the student would require approval for an interruption of studies of the MBBS/BDS, for the MSc degree to be retaken. The rejection by a student of taking the year again would mean a failed MSc, but no further consequences for the MBBS/BDS.

Students wishing to intercalate onto our MSc programmes from other countries than the UK may apply. Applications will be assessed by postgraduate admissions to ensure that the equivalency of a UK BSc i.e at least 3 years, with sufficient credits at the appropriate academic level as set out by Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, would be attained before intercalation. The usual procedures for application will also apply. 

Loan for Fees and Student Maintenance for Masters Degrees (UK)

It should be noted that MSc degrees are not fully supported by the Students Loan Company. English students electing to study an MSc degree after year 3, may be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan (PGL) of £11,570. There is no further funding. English students electing to study an MSc degree after year 4, will be able to apply through the NHS Bursary Scheme for financial support during their year of intercalation. The NHS Bursary Scheme will financially support both year 3 and year 4 intercalating students on their return to the MBBS/BDS/Veterinary degree.

Intercalated MSc degree after year 3

New: Funded MBBS with PGL funded intercalated MSc after year 3












The PGL is £11,570. Further details on the PGL

Intercalated MSc degree after year 4

Funded MBBS with NHS funded intercalated MSc after year 4











Students whose home address is not in England, i.e. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland should seek appropriate advice through their respective loans companies.

SFE: Student Finance for England

PGL: Postgraduate Loan

NHS: National Health Service Bursary Scheme

MSc Degrees for Intercalation

  • MSc Cancer & Clinical Oncology
  • MSc Cancer & Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • MSc Cancer & Molecular Pathology and Genomics
  • MSc Cancer & Therapeutics
  • MSc Clinical Drug Development
  • MSc Clinical Endocrinology
  • MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health
  • MSc Critical Care
  • MSc Cultural Psychology and Psychiatry
  • MSc Forensic Medical Science
  • MSc Gastroenterology
  • MSc Global Public Health and Policy 
  • MSc Healthcare Research Methods
  • MSc Laparoscopic Surgery & Surgical Skills
  • MSc Neuroscience and Translational Medicine
  • MSc Regenerative Medicine
  • MSc Dental Materials
  • MSc Dental Technology
  • MSc Experimental Oral Pathology (Oral Sciences)
  • MSc Oral Biology

Details can be found on the MSc Degree webpages Course Finder

External applicants

The School does not restrict these courses to its own students and welcomes applications from elsewhere in London, the UK and overseas. See how to apply for application details

Selection Criteria & Guidelines for students applying from outside Queen Mary University of London.

Important dates to remember:

Application closing date: 1st February 12 noon

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