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.


Honour programmes available to external applicants for 2021/22


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


Anatomy & Development Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine Biochemistry Bioethics Law and Society
Biomedical Sciences Cell Biology

Development, Regeneration and Stem Cells


Evolutionary Biology Genetics Global Health Policy Health Sciences (Medical Science)
Health Sciences (Surgical) Infectious Diseases Literature and Medicine Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics Neuroscience Pharmacology Physiology
Psychology Reproductive Biology 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. 


How to apply

External students who wish to apply are required to complete an online application form.  Applications for 2021 are now closed. 

Applications for consideration for 2022 entry will open again in September/October 2021.

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.


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The Chancellor’s Building
Edinburgh BioQuarter
49 Little France Crescent

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