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Intercalated Oral Biology

Entry Year: 2021

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BSc (Intercal)
1 years
September 2021
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Deepen your knowledge of oral biology and gain first-hand research experience.

Our intercalated BSc in Oral Biology gives students already taking a medical or dental degree the chance to achieve an additional degree in this specialist field in just one year.

This research-driven programme allows you to study oral biology in greater depth than is possible in the BDS or MBBS courses.

You'll acquire detailed knowledge of cell biology, and learn to interpret the principles of biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology as applied to the oral cavity of humans and other mammals.

You'll also gain a firm understanding of the applications of biomaterials currently undergoing clinical trials, and will be strongly encouraged to develop an interest in and critical appraisal of current research practices in these subjects.

Throughout the year you'll develop the practical, analytical and computing skills necessary to carry out original research and, in your final semester, gain first-hand experience of conducting a hypothesis-driven research project in oral biology.

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You can start your one-year intercalated Oral Biology BSc after the second, third or fourth years of your MBBS, BDS or BVetMed.

Year 1

  • Hard tissue biology
  • Introduction to Oral Biology
  • Oral biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology
  • Research Project
  • Research Skills

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
  • allow you to experience your chosen field and be sure it’s right for you.

This course has given me invaluable experiences which were impossible to get as a medical student. I not only learnt to study something in so much detail that I could write essays on that topic, but also learnt advanced laboratory research skills. Overall, this course prepared me for the career I strive to achieve while providing me with skills and knowledge that would make me a better clinician even if I change my career path.

Muhammad Hussain, intercalated Oral Biology (2016)


Teaching and learning

You’ll learn through lectures, lab work, group discussion and independent study, and also through hands-on application of research methodologies and data analysis.


Your progress will be assessed through written examinations, library-based essays and a portfolio demonstrating your practical experience. You’ll also make a Powerpoint presentation, produce a dissertation and scientific poster based on your research project, and take an oral examination.

Resources and facilities

You’ll be based in the Blizard Building, which houses state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff including open-plan research laboratories, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a café.

Entry requirements

Intercalated degrees are for undergraduate students currently enrolled in the MBBS or BDS programmes at Barts and the London, or at another medical, dental or veterinary school.

Medical students
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme) and passed all years to date.

Dental students
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the BDS course and passed all years to date. You must also have completed all continuous assessment and have satisfactory annual progress reviews.

Veterinary students
Veterinary students are welcome to apply.

All students
Satisfactory performance in, and completion of, all student-selected components (SSCs).

Students who meet the criteria will be asked to attend an interview.

Where there is competition for places, students will be ranked on their exam results to date and their interview performance.

How to apply
See full information on how to apply for intercalated degrees.

Non-UK students

Students from the UK and overseas are welcome to apply for our intercalated degrees.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

Find out more about our intercalated degrees.


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.


This course will give you a head start if you plan to specialise in maxillofacial, ENT or plastic surgery. With its strong focus on evaluating the latest findings, this programme will equip you to become a medical professional who stays at the cutting edge.

The practical, analytical and computing skills you acquire will also form a strong basis for careers in biomedical research. Some previous students have had their research project published in peer-reviewed journals.

About the School

Opened in 1911, the Institute of Dentistry at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has a long and proud record of internationally recognised excellence in oral and dental science. We are ranked first in the UK for dentistry in the 2018 Complete University Guide, and third in the country for the quality of our research in the most recent national assessment (REF 2014).

We are a research-led institution, at the forefront of the provision of dental education and excellent patient care, with specialisms including oral cancer and public oral health. With around 70 students per year, we are a relatively small dental school with a strong sense of community. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionately engaged with their subject.

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