Intercalated Pre-Hospital Medicine

Entry Year: 2020

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BSc (Intercal)
1 years
September 2020
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Intercalated Pre-Hospital Medicine


Would you like to learn about the care of seriously ill or injured patients before they reach hospital?

Our intercalated BSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine gives current medical students specialist training in this innovative and growing field, recognised as a subspecialty by the General Medical Council.

Barts and The London offers the UK’s first intercalated degree in this area, in partnership with the Institute of Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance.

You’ll build the scientific knowledge, practical skills and professional attitudes required for pre-hospital medicine. Modules cover pathophysiological processes and anatomy, resuscitation and trauma science – and the non-technical and teamworking skills to bring it all together safely and effectively.

You’ll complete shifts with pre-hospital medicine providers, engage with the emergency services, and hear from leading experts in the underpinning scientific fields. You will also attend large sporting events and other topic-related visits and field trips.

You'll undertake a supervised research project, using either a scientific or social science approach.

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You can start your one-year intercalated Pre-Hospital Medicine BSc after the third or fourth years of your MBBS.

Year 1

  • Applied Sciences
  • Resuscitation Science
  • Trauma Science
  • Integrated Topics
  • Clinical Applications
  • Research Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Intercalated degrees

An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.

It will also:

  • add extra points to your application for Foundation Year training, giving you a competitive edge
  • strengthen your application if you wish to take the highly competitive academic Foundation Year route into clinical research or education and teaching
  • help you to progress into postgraduate training within your chosen speciality
  • develop your scientific awareness, with an opportunity to carry out original research.

Barts and The London is a highly rated medical school and [the Pre-hospital Medicine course] provided the opportunity to complete a BSc with the London’s Air Ambulance. This was a fantastic opportunity to get unique experience and experience high-quality teaching. It has helped me develop my interests in different areas of medicine and I have learnt lots about dealing with emergencies . . . Whatever speciality I go onto in my future, this experience and learning will stay with me.


Teaching and learning

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, problem-based learning sessions, peer teaching, case discussions, placements, field trips, workshops, demonstrations, presentations and skills-based activities. You’ll need to be a self-directed learner, and we encourage you to be proactive in finding areas of interest to include in your learning.


The programme will be assessed through examinations, write-ups, essays, portfolios and a final project.

Resources and facilities

You’ll learn across three Queen Mary campuses, benefitting from the excellent resources of each to aid your studies:

  • the Turnbull Centre, a dedicated teaching room equipped with anatomical specimens, medical images, videos and specialised computer imaging
  • extensive library facilities – the Queen Mary Library at Mile End, large medical archives at the Royal London and Barts hospitals, and access to the University of London library
  • multi-user labs with computers and CCTV for practical classes
  • the facilities of London’s Air Ambulance Institute of Pre-Hospital Care.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.


Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.

These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Your BSc will be an advantage if you later apply for postgraduate training in the subspecialty of pre-hospital emergency medicine. It’s an opportunity to experience this highly stimulating but challenging field and be sure it’s right for you.

You’ll be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills in stabilising very sick and badly injured patients which are also highly relevant to other acute care specialties.

About the School

The Institute of Health Science Education is an academic grouping within Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry that focuses primarily on medical education.

We are at the cutting edge of education research and faculty development, frequently collaborating with academic and NHS colleagues. You’ll learn from our expert staff, who lead on curriculum design, delivery and assessment and provide the best in modern medical training.

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