Intercalating study (Master’s degree)

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. The School also received the prestigious "University of the Year" award for 2016/17 (Times Higher Education).

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:

*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 to 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.

Students from Hong Kong

If you are taking the new condensed MBBS, you will be permitted to intercalate after your second year of study. You will need to provide a transcript indicating that you are studying the condensed medical degree.