Edinburgh Medical School

Intercalating at the University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) programmes are available to external students who wish to intercalate at Edinburgh Medical School as part of the MBChB (Medicine) programme.

All undergraduate medicine students at Edinburgh Medical School undertake a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci ) in Year 3 of the MBChB programme.  This intercalated year gives students the opportunity to research an area of interest to them, learn valuable new skills and experience aspects of academic medicine.

We welcome applications from external medical students wishing to intercalate here at Edinburgh Medical School.


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, 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 found via the link below:

Information on BMedSci programmes


How to apply

External 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 13 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, for example:  SQA Advanced Higher, A Level, International Baccalaureate Higher Level, etc.

Please note that places are limited.


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