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Intercalated study

Intercalation involves taking out a year out of a Medicine programme to undertake an additional degree (either undergraduate or postgraduate). It is an exciting opportunity for current medical students to expand their skillset and knowledge by studying a specific area of interest. At St George’s, University of London, we currently offer several postgraduate courses for intercalation which are available for current medical students.

What are the benefits of intercalating a Master’s?

  • Enables you to enhance your knowledge and expertise within a specialised subject in greater depth
  • Boosts your research, scientific and academic writing skills as you will have the chance to conduct a research project
  • Supports your career development as obtaining another qualification strengthens your CV
  • Allows you to expand your network outside of your clinical programme

Which postgraduate courses are available for intercalation at St George’s?

We offer five postgraduate courses that students can intercalate on:

“I decided to do my intercalation at St George’s, especially for the MSc in Global Health, because of the specialist pathways available. I didn’t see many other courses providing that flexibility. I love this course so much. The discussions in modules and the support from the academics has made this year such an incredible experience. I completely recommend it!”
- Fejiro Okagbare, Intercalating Global Health MSc student

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be current medical students
  • Applicants who have successfully completed 360 credits (or equivalent) including at least 120 credits at Level 6 (or equivalent) of their medical degree are eligible to apply
  • Applications are open to both internal and external students. Please note, current St George’s students wishing to intercalate should speak to their course lead or personal tutor

How to apply

You would apply by submitting a normal application for a Master's via the specific course page. However, you would need to indicate in your application that you are a medical student seeking to complete an intercalated Master's and you would need to stipulate how many years of your medical degree you will have completed prior to beginning the course.  

You would be required to take permission from your medical programme, so early applications are highly recommended. Applications typically open in early November. 

Is there funding available?

We offer several postgraduate taught scholarships at St George’s. There is no separate application process to apply. If you are a Home or International applicant applying for a taught postgraduate course which has a scholarship, you will be automatically considered for the scholarship, provided you submit your course application by the deadline.

Applicants may also be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK Government to assist with costs. Please note, this may affect future funding entitlement from SFE (due to an equivalent level qualification rule). Additional information on financial support available for intercalated degrees can be found on the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund website.

Contact us

If you have any further enquiries related to intercalated degrees, please contact our course enquiries team by emailing or giving us a ring on 020 3897 2032 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm).


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