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A chance to study the science more deeply

Medicine is an incredibly broad subject – which means that the course stresses the basics of each topic it covers. While an MBBS degree provides a strong foundation of well-established knowledge for you to build on during your training, taking an intercalated degree during your medical studies lets you explore the science in more depth.

You’ll have the option of taking a year out following your second, third or fourth year of Medicine to study a related course, which will result in a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Master of Science (MSc). You can choose from courses offering laboratory research experience, or others providing specialised clinical and professional skills.

This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience while getting to grips with the natural and social sciences that form the basis of Medicine. In studying the underlying science more deeply, you’ll gain a better understanding of your clinical studies. Choosing this path can also demonstrate your commitment to a particular area of interest, and broaden your career options when applying for foundation programmes after you graduate.

Queen Mary offers a wide range of intercalated degrees at bachelors and masters levels. More than 20 programmes are available, ranging from Global Public Health, Prehospital Medicine and Sports and Exercise Medicine to a number of specialist cancer masters degrees, as well as Creative Arts and Mental Health, and Forensic Medicine.

As part of the intercalated degree year, you’ll undertake a research project supervised by a member of staff. This gives you an insight into the excitements and challenges of research, and your performance will be a good indicator of whether you’d be suited to a career in research after completing your medical training.

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