Edinburgh Medical School

Intercalating at Edinburgh Medical School

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.

Please note: if you currently have an outstanding/unresolved Fitness to Practise case in your home institution we will not consider an application from you.


Honour programmes available to external applicants for 2024/25


Further information on each of our programmes can be found by clicking on the programme titles below.


Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine Biomedical and Health Applications of Data Science Health Sciences (Medical Science) Reproductive Biology
Biochemistry Development, Regeneration and Stem Cells Infectious Diseases  
Bioethics Law and Society Epidemiology Literature and Medicine  
Biomedical Sciences Global Health Policy Pharmacology  

How to apply

Applications for 2024 entry are now closed and will open early September 2024 for 2025 academic entry.

External students who wish to apply are required to complete an online application form, which will be published when applications open.

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.


MSc Physical Activity for Health

In addition to the above BMedSci programmes, we also have a one year MSc available to external medicine students.

Regular physical activity is important for all ages and population groups. It is proven to help prevent and treat non-communicable diseases and improve mental health, quality of life and well-being. However, current levels of physical inactivity mean this issue is a pandemic. Therefore, improving levels of physical activity is a global public health priority. The MSc Physical Activity for Health is designed to provide academic training at a postgraduate level enhancing knowledge and understanding of the global issues pertinent to physical activity for health.

Applicants currently undertaking a medical degree and seeking to intercalate on the MSc Physical Activity for Health will be eligible after at least three years of their Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB/MBBS) programmes, or equivalent and will need to have achieved a minimum standard equivalent to a UK 2:1 honours degree at first attempt.

Applications should be made through our degree finder webpage below.  Applicants should choose the 1-year full-time MSc option (PTMSCPHACH1F) for submitting their application. Applications for this programme are currently closed but will re-open for 2025 entry in October 2024.

MSc Physical Activity for Health


Undergraduate Admissions

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Contact details



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

Post Code
EH16 4SB

Application guidelines

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