Usher Institute

MBChB Intercalated Honours

Details of our current and planned Intercalated Honours Programmes.

We offer a BMedSci (Epidemiology) intercalated Honours programme that can be taken by medical students in year 3. We are currently developing further intercalated programmes in the social, ethical and legal aspects of medicine; and in family medicine.

BMedSci (Epidemiology) Programme


  • To gain an in-depth knowledge of the principles of epidemiology, including study design and analysis.

  • To understand the statistical concepts inherent in epidemiological research.

  • To develop skills in critical appraisal of published research, presentation of original findings, writing scientific papers, computing and data management.

  • To apply this theoretical knowledge in the conduct of an original epidemiological project.

Programme structure

Student learning is achieved by

  • undertaking three compulsory taught courses in epidemiology and statistics (on the Master of Public Health programme) and a choice of three elective taught courses

  • producing a substantial research dissertation (consisting of a critical literature review and an original epidemiological project). The topic of the dissertation is self-selected which, together with the range of optional courses, means that students can 'individualise' the programme according to their own interests.

Master of Public Health website

Some recent projects

  • Epidemiology of acute upper respiratory tract infections in young children living in developing countries
  • Exploring views of participants in a major study on colorectal cancer with respect to informed consent
  • Factors influencing uptake of screening for cervical cancer
  • Risk of colorectal cancer associated with HRT use
  • Is Chlamydia infection really on the increase?
  • Measuring antibiotic coverage for childhood pneumonia in developing countries
  • The effect of ethnicity on the uptake of childhood immunisation in Scotland
  • The Global burden of pneumonia: Coverage of interventions and determinants of maternal care-seeking behaviour for children with pneumonia in developing countries
  • Breast cancer incidence and mortality in Scottish women with Type 2 Diabetes mellitus: a retrospective cohort study
  • Epidemiology of abdominal aortic aneurysms and medical treatment for small AAA
  • Pleitropy in the genetics of complex disease and disease traits
  • Cognitive impairment in people with liver dysfunction
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair: systematic review
  • Carotid intima media thickness as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease
  • Growth charts and obesity in children
  • Childhood asthma
  • Assessing the temporal relationship between type 2 diabetes, pancreatic and hepatic cancer

Interested in applying?

Further information on the programme and how to apply on College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine website.