Intercalated BSc Medical Sciences
The Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education delivers undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Science and Human Biology, and Intercalated Degrees are part of this organization. The Intercalated BSc in Medical Sciences is a degree taken between two years of a medical or dental course. The year is equivalent to the final year of a degree in science or biomedical pathways. The degree awarded is a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and depending on performance, this is graded as a 1st Class Honours or Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2.1) or Second Class Honours, Lower Division (2.2) or 3rd Class Honours.
Timing of Intercalated BSc degrees
The first two years of a medical or dental course with the addition of the intercalated year fulfil the requirement of three years study for the award of an undergraduate BSc degree. Intercalated degrees are usually taken after the end of the 2nd or 3rd year of the medical or dental curriculum. It is also possible to do an intercalated degree between 4th and 5th year, but not usually recommended as this would break up the flow of the main clinical teaching.
Selection for Intercalated BSc degree courses
At the time when places are finally agreed (end June) for the following academic year, there should normally be no resit examinations outstanding. Acceptance onto a degree course is subject to the agreement of the relevant degree co-ordinator and final approval by the Head of School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences. Students will be informed of the decision in early July. Please refer to frequently asked questions for full application process and forms.
Project work: iBSc in Medical Science
Project work is carried out under the direct supervision of a member of academic staff, and on a day to day basis, research or technical personnel are available to provide support. The areas available for project work reflect the research interests of the academic staff in the teaching area involved. Most research is laboratory-based, but there are limited opportunities for clinical projects in a number of areas. Allocation of projects occurs prior to the beginning of the academic year, often during the summer vacation or much earlier if funding is sought (see later), and preliminary discussions should take place with supervisors during the previous academic year. In the organization of projects, particular interests of the student will be taken into consideration, if at all possible. If a particular project of interest has already been taken up, degree co-ordinators will suggest alternatives.
Details of project areas / specific projects for 2023-24 are available here. Additional projects may become available as the academic year progresses and will be added to this list.
Assessment and examinations
The taught modules are assessed using a mixture of coursework and written examinations. Students will normally be allowed to present themselves once only for the examinations during the intercalated year of study. The research project is assessed by means of a dissertation and also by an oral presentation given as part of a research symposium. Dissertations are normally read by the external examiner in the subject.
At the beginning of the year, each new student is put in contact with a student who has just completed an intercalated BSc. The student mentor will draw on their recent experience to give general support and guidance when required.
In the context of peer group mentoring, intercalated students are encouraged to develop and maintain a social network with a view to providing a mutual support structure and to share general knowledge and skills.