Should You Consider Intercalating As An Option?

February 10, 2014

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Intercalating means taking a year out of your regular medical or dental studies to study for an additional degree. While this extends the duration your course by one year, at the end of it you will end up with two degrees – your regular MBBS or whatever medical degree as well as a BSc, BMedSci or similar degree. Most medical and dental schools allow their students to spend their intercalated year at a different institution.

Although it lengthens your course duration by a year, opting to take an intercalated degree can offer you several advantages that make it worthwhile. It is important to take your time and make the right decision when choosing a programme so you also enjoy the year. With a wrong choice, it can turn out to be an extremely long year. 

The Many Benefits of Intercalating

It is important to note that in some institutions, including Cambridge, Oxford and Nottingham, intercalated degrees are compulsory for medic students. Students who have not taken intercalated programmes are considered less-well qualified than these graduates, and this could be a disadvantage.