February 10, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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If you are a medical student, an intercalated degree will give you the opportunity to add an additional degree such as a B.Sc. degree or B.A. degree to your medical degree. An intercalated degree is usually a one-year program which you can choose to do after your second or third year at med school. It takes different formats at different universities. Most medical schools offer it as an option to all students whereas others only offer it to the most academically able students in their program. At some med schools, doing an intercalating degree is compulsory, making the basic medical program 6 years in total.
For most medical students, having to pay for an optional intercalated degree on top of the hefty medical school fees can often be simply unaffordable. Fortunately there is ample financial support available for students who opt to take intercalated degrees. The amount of funding you receive depends on where in the UK you live.
If you live in England, regardless of where you may study, doing an intercalated degree is taken into account for funding purposes. For the first four years of your course you will receive financial support from Student Finance England in the usual way
Irrespective of the year in which you intercalate, you may apply for financial support from the NHS Bursaries Unit after the 5th year of your study period. If you intercalate after year 4 of your med program, you can apply for NHS funding from the 5th year of study even though it is not part of your actual medical course. If you intercalate in the 3rd year of your medical course, you can apply for NHS funding from the 5th year of study which will actually be year 4 of your medical course.
If you live in Wales, irrespective of where you study, if you do an intercalated degree this is taken into account for funding purposes. For the first four years of your course you will receive financial support from Student Finance Wales in the usual manner.
Same as students in England, from the 5th year of your study period, you can apply for financial support from the NHS Wales Students Award Unit, regardless of which year you will intercalate in.
If you live in Northern Ireland, no matter where you study, if you do an intercalated degree this is taken into account for the purpose of funding. For the first four years of your course, you will receive financial support from Student Finance NI in the usual way
You will be eligible for the DHSPPS bursary from the 5th year of your study period regardless of the year in which you intercalate.
In Scotland too if you do an intercalated degree it is taken into account for funding purposes. You will receive financial support from SAAS in the usual way for the duration of your course.
Many Universities in the UK have scholarships earmarked for intercalated funding. There are also several individual organisations that offer financial support, grants or bursaries for intercalated study. If finance is the only reason holding you back from doing an intercalated degree, it is worth exploring the options available before giving it up completely.