In an intercalated year, you complete a BSc in a medically related subject. You can do this after year three or year four of your MBBCh studies.
Approximately 100 students intercalate each year, most studying BSc courses in Cardiff University or at Bangor University, with whom we have close links.
Top students can intercalate at other UK institutions for courses not offered here. We also accept applications for intercalated degrees from medical students currently studying at other medical schools.
Reasons to intercalate
The benefits of a completing an intercalated degree include:
- studying an area of interest in more detail and depth than a medical degree covers
- engaging in a piece of original research
- enhancing your research-related transferable skills, which benefits you
in both academic and clinical careers
- developing basic theoretical knowledge, and potential research networks, for a future MD or PhD in a particular specialist field.
With some medical schools now making intercalation compulsory, a BSc is an attractive addition to your CV.
Intercalated degrees we offer
The intercalated year aims to provide a balance between classical anatomical studies and the modern understanding of cell and developmental biology, genetics and disease mechanisms.
You will have the opportunities to spend an academic year in a research-active environment where your learning is aligned closely to the research areas that are very much at the forefront of the advancement in medicine and development of contemporary medical technologies such as tissue engineering.
Many recent and continuing developments in medicine have been underpinned by biochemical research; for example, the development of targeted cancer therapies, the exploitation of stem cells and RNA-based therapies, and the appreciation of the importance of protein mis-folding in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and CreutzfeldtJakob disease.
The Intercalated degree in Biochemistry provides you with the opportunity to join a research-led course in this highly relevant and rapidly advancing subject.
The intercalated Pathology route focusses on infection, immunity and cancer biology. You will study in depth at the molecular and cellular level the mechanisms of how microbes cause disease and how our immune system protects us against these infections.
You will also study how our immune system can attack ourselves (auto-immunity) and how our own cells get dysregulated and cause cancers. You will also study how we can combat these diseases by modulating/helping our immune system.
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. During the Clinical Epidemiology BSc, you will study the application of epidemiology to problems encountered in the delivery of care or treatments to individuals.
You will gain a broad and solid foundation of research methods that can be applied to improving health and health care and will identify how health practices and research findings can be applied to specific topic areas (e.g. infections, long term conditions, public health, international health).
The Emergency, Pre-hospital and Immediate Care intercalated BSc route will provide you with a solid grounding in acute care, preparing you for a future career in an acute speciality. Face-to-face learning occurs at our Heath Park campus.
Clinical placements are based in busy emergency departments in South-East Wales and are punctuated with weekly pre-hospital exposure with the Welsh Ambulance Service (either in an ambulance or on a rapid response vehicle).
Our structured curriculum enables you to develop the knowledge and clinical skills you need to undertake the difficult challenges of rapid diagnosis and treatment of emergency conditions.
This route’s modules include:
- Sports, Pre-hospital and Other Emergencies
- Emergency Diagnostics
- Resuscitation Science
- Trauma Science
- Paediatric Emergency Medicine
- The Intercalated Research Project.
The weekly virtual journal club ensures you build the critical appraisal skills required to successfully complete the Intercalated Research Project, whilst the hands-on research experience will be supervised by an experienced emergency medicine physician or researcher.
Every doctor is expected to teach. On this course, you’ll explore learning theory and practice in contemporary medical education, develop your teaching skills, discover and use new educational technologies and conduct research into key issues in clinical teaching.
On the Medical Genetics route, you will start by taking a number of core modules which will enable you to better analyse the scientific literature and to revise some of their basic concepts of genetics and cellular biology and function.
These are then followed by more specific genetics modules covering general genetics, gene mapping and inheritance, illustrated by a series of lectures covering many aspects of genetics, cytogenetics and a variety of different single gene disorders.
Neuroscience is a huge growth area as new techniques are developed that are unravelling the complexities of the nervous system from molecular to behavioural aspects.
You will be provided with the opportunity to spend an academic year in a research-led teaching institution in which neuroscience is a burgeoning area. The modules that you study reflect the increasing applications of molecular biology, genetics and psychopharmacology to understanding the nervous system.
Pharmacology is the study of how drugs and medicines work at the cellular and sub-cellular level to produce their useful (and sometimes harmful) effects in man.
This intercalated BSc degree programme produces graduates with a sound understanding of the biological effects and mechanisms of action of a wide range of bioactive substances, in particular those used for the treatment of human diseases.
You will study advanced physiology and pathophysiology using information derived from current research to understand how the cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and endocrine systems are controlled from the molecular level to integrated body function.
We have optional modules available to enable you to select and explore specific topics of interest (e.g. tissue engineering, musculoskeletal biology, cancer).
You will also undertake a physiology-focused final year project in a laboratory, or you can do some educational research, data analysis or a science communication project.
The main objective of the degree course is to promote knowledge and understanding of psychology in medicine at both conceptual and practical levels. You will be encouraged to evaluate critically the theory and methodology of a variety of psychological subject areas and make the link between basic psychological processes and psychiatric and neurological symptoms and conditions.
This will be achieved through the combination of the content in our route’s core module and the modules from the School of Psychology that will be made available to students. Hands-on research experience will be obtained by conducting a project, which will be supervised by an established scientist.
Intercalated degrees offered by Bangor University
This degree enables medical students to gain a scientific perspective of sport and exercise; for example, as a form of treatment for a variety of conditions, as well as how to implement behaviour change in order to achieve positive outcomes regarding the rehabilitation and prevention of diseases (e.g. diabetes).
Exercise Physiology is a branch of the biological sciences and is concerned with the way in which the body responds to exercise and training. The degree is offered by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.
The BSc in Neuropsychology is taught by neurologists, clinical neuropsychologists and neuroscientists from the School of Psychology's internationally acclaimed Wolfson Centre for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience.
It gives you the opportunity to study in depth the human brain in health and disease and undertake a research project in one of their human neuroscience laboratories.
This degree is offered by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. Following a research based approach to study, the key aspects of this sports science degree include the study of how physical and mental performance can be improved to help individuals to achieve their personal potential.
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