Intercalated degrees

Intercalated degrees are an optional extra year of study in which you can take a break from medical learning and broaden your horizons, drawing on the expertise of academics in other parts of the College of Life Sciences. You will have the opportunity to research a health-related subject which is important to you, and to produce work which may lead to poster presentations at conferences or even publication in medical journals.

An intercalated degree is an unparalleled opportunity for you to study something in depth without the daily pressures of the medical curriculum. You can take a step back after the first two, three, or four years, reflect on how far you have come, and look to your future career. With an intercalated degree you will have an additional qualification, and unique knowledge and experiences that will be to your advantage when you are applying for jobs or further training.

You can read more about intercalated degrees on the NHS Health Careers website.

Intercalating at Leicester

At Leicester we offer four different ways to study for an intercalated degree, so you can choose one that suits your strengths and aspirations.

Intercalated MScs (iMSc)

MSc in Medical Research (Intercalated)

This iMSc has been designed to provide students with training in research methods and a substantial research experience. The additional knowledge and experience will ensure they are well-placed to incorporate a research element in their future careers. The course comprises 4 taught modules, each worth 15 credits, and a research project worth 120 credits. The taught modules are designed to give a solid foundation in qualitative and quantitative research, including study design, research methods, statistics, ethics, and research governance. The research project runs throughout the course, enabling students to complete a substantial practical project.

MSc in Healthcare Management

There has been growing interest in recent years in the application of management and leadership principles to multi-professional organisations in health and care settings. Although the climate of multi-disciplinary organisations such as the NHS is complex, interdependent and arguably fragmented, management and leadership behaviours play an active and influential role in the relationships and cooperation between different health and care professionals.

The MSc Healthcare Management programme responds to changes in medical education and careers. It builds on specialist management and leadership knowledge to:

  • extend understanding of different management and leadership behaviours in context and take into account such influencing factors as the culture and climate of professional groups and the experiences of patients and service users;
  • increase knowledge about management and leadership within health and care and to engage with ideas and explore valuable alternatives from different enquiry paradigms; and
  • make sense of a whole variety of challenges that belong to management and leadership roles—whether formal or not—in the NHS, many of which arise from a complex interaction between ethical, political and personal considerations.

Intercalated BSc (iBSc)

iBSc in Clinical Sciences

The iBSc in Clinical Sciences comprises three parts, starting with a stem module, worth 30 credits. This will provide you with some introductory material on research methods (qualitative and quantitative), statistics, research ethics, and design and conduct of clinical trials. 

The remainder of the course focuses on the subject area of Human Behaviour. You will then take four modules in this area of knowledge (two core modules: Integrated Approach to Mental Health and Topics in Health and Wellbeing, and two others - chosen from a list of eight), each worth 15 credits each, followed by a 30-credit dissertation/research project.

iBSc in Biomedical Science

For the iBSc in Biomedical Science, you join the final year of one of our Biological Sciences degrees, choosing six modules from a wide range of topics to broaden your knowledge in areas such as genetics, physiology, biochemistry or microbiology. You will also carry out a research project.

Intercalated BSc for medical students

Medical students talk about their experience of undertaking an Intercalated BSc degree.


If you extend your course to six years by taking the iBSc, you will still receive a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company for the first four years, and will then receive an NHS Bursary for Years 5 and 6. Find out more about financing your studies.

External applicants

If you are studying Medicine at another UK university, you can take your iBSc at Leicester before returning to your original university to finish your medical degree.

International students

International students are advised to contact about potential visa requirements when considering an iBSc year.

Contact us

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