Intercalating a Master's (medical students)
Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.
Why intercalate with us?
Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:
- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)
- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)
- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)
- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)
Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.
Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.
Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.
MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.
Which Master's can you intercalate?
We offer a wide range of courses in topics that go beyond the scope of your medical degree. Some may require relevant work experience, so please check the entry requirements on each individual course page:
- MSc Control of Infectious Diseases
- MSc Demography & Health
- MSc Epidemiology
- MSc Global Mental Health
- MSc Health Policy Planning and Financing
- MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases
- MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control
- MSc Medical Microbiology
- MSc Medical Parasitology
- MSc Medical Statistics
- MSc Nutrition for Global Health
- MSc One Health
- MSc Public Health
- MSc Public Health for Development*
- MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research
- MSc Veterinary Epidemiology
*Applicants for the MSc Public Health for development are expected to have lived in a developing country and worked in activities related to public health for a minimum of two years.
Please be aware that medical students are unable to intercalate on the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health as a full medical degree is one of the prerequisites for the course.
How do I apply for an intercalated MSc?
The application process for intercalating Master’s is the same as for all other MSc and applications should be made online.
Intercalation requires leave of absence from your current medical programme. You should therefore consult with relevant staff at your university to ensure that your intercalate option is compatible with the requirements of your medical degree. (eg. term dates)
You will need the equivalent of a bachelor degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree.
Please note that on occasions there are implications with regards to a student's entitlement to receive student loans following successful completion of an intercalated MSc. If you have any queries about this please contact the Student Loans Company for advice.
Intercalating student profile
Tai Ken Ting studied the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases:
"”My choice to pursue a Master’s at the School before completing my undergraduate degree has proven to be amongst my best decisions. I now comprehend and appreciate healthcare on a larger spectrum; within and beyond the clinical picture that we have been exposed to so far. I have had the pleasure of meeting, learning and working with inspirational individuals from a multitude of backgrounds. I firmly believe I am now more prepared as a prospective healthcare professional. This decision undisputedly has fulfilled and excelled my expectations of an intercalating degree.”