Intercalating Opportunities for Medical, Dentistry and Veterinary Students

What is intercalation?

Intercalating students step away from their programme for 12 months in order to pursue more in depth studies of a subject that is of interest to them; students then return to complete their programme. Our programmes are available to both University of Liverpool and external intercalating students.

Why intercalate?

  • It offers greater career opportunities
  • It’s an opportunity to study a subject that interests you in more depth
  • It’s an opportunity to learn how to research
  • It may provide an opportunity to publish papers or present at conferences
  • You obtain a Bachelors or Masters qualification as well as your medical, veterinary or dentistry qualification
  • It’s an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

If you’re considering taking an intercalating year, the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences can offer you a vibrant mix of Bachelors and Masters level programmes. If you’re looking for a Master’s programme, bear in mind that the Master of Research (MRes) programmes offer various pathways/strands that may match your interests, even if the overall programme title does not.

For example, the MRes in Clinical Sciences programme has pathways in global health and obesity; and the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine has strands in areas such as cancer, and women’s & children’s health. Moving on to the Bachelors programmes, we have subjects such as anatomy, microbiology and genetics. View a complete list of programmes.

In deciding to intercalate you should weigh up the benefits to your future career as well as the additional studying time and financial costs. You should also carefully consider the subject matter you will be studying and the course level (Bachelors or Masters). You will find it helpful to speak to students that have already undertaken an intercalating year. Your current School of Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science will also be able to help advise you.

Things to consider

  • Look for a subject area that best aligns with your future career ambitions
  • Is Bachelors or Masters best for your needs?
  • How research focused do you want your intercalating year to be
  • The experiences of students that have finished their intercalating year
  • You should fully research the course you want to undertake before signing up; this could include spending time with the course leader