Edinburgh Medical School

Intercalating at the University of Edinburgh

B Med Sci programmes are available to students who have successfully completed their second year in the MBChB.

All undergraduate medicine students undertake a BMedSci in Year 3 of the MBChB programme.  This intercalated year gives students the opportunity to research an area of interest to them within a wide range of options; learn valuable new skills and experience aspects of academic medicine.

Students will have the opportunity in Year 2 to research the programmes they wish to apply to and have the chance to hear from other students who have intercalated.

Most students intercalate internally, but there are a small number of students who apply to intercalate at other universities if they wish to study a course not provided at Edinburgh.  Students who wish to do this must contact the Year 3 Director to seek permission to apply externally.

Honour Programmes available for 2020/21

  • Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management
  • Anatomy & Development
  • Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics Law and Society
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Development, Regeneration and Stem Cells
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Global Health Policy
  • Health Sciences
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Activity for Health
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Sports Science Medicine
  • Zoology

Please note that there may be changes to the programmes listed above and additional programmes may become available once approved by the relevant board of studies.

The size of honours programmes is determined by resources available and therefore a place is not guaranteed.  Futher information on each of our programmes can be requested from the undergraduate admissions team at: medug@ed.ac.uk

BMedSci in a Nutshell

Students from other universities

We welcome applications from external students to programmes here at the University of Edinburgh.

Students who wish to apply can complete the application form below.  Completed application forms should be sent to the undergraduate admissions office at: medug@ed.ac.uk by Monday 13th January 2020.

External applicants who are applying to intercalate after their second year in their parent programme will be required to provide evidence of their senior secondary school achievement e.g. SQA Advanced Higher, A Level, International Baccalaureate Higher Level, etc.

Please note that places are limited for external applications.


Any queries?  Please contact us at:

Undergraduate Admissions

  • Undergraduate Admissions

Contact details



Room SU219, 2nd Floor
The Chancellor’s Building
Edinburgh BioQuarter
49 Little France Crescent

Post Code
EH16 4SB