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 2024/25


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


Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine Biochemistry Bioethics Law and Society Biomedical Sciences
Development, Regeneration and Stem Cells Epidemiology

Global Health Policy

Health Sciences (Medical Science)

Infectious Diseases Literature and Medicine Pharmacology Reproductive Biology

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 the resources available and therefore a place is not guaranteed.

How to apply

Applications for 2024 entry are now open and will close on Thursday 1 February 2024.

External students who wish to apply are required to complete an online application form.

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 for MSc Physical Activity for Health.  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 2024 entry in October 2023.

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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 form

Apply for a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) programme. Please refer to the guidance notes for completing this application form.

Application guidelines

Please read these notes carefully.