The University of Birmingham

The Intercalated degree in Clinical Sciences provides training in translational research combining a broad teaching programme with the opportunity to undertake a 7 month project with researchers from one of the College’s Research Institutes. Many students publish their research in academic journals or present their work at international conferences.

This honours degree should benefit you both in the short term, in relation to career progression, but also in the long term by broadening your understanding of academic medicine.

Upon successful completion of both taught elements and the research project, students will be able to graduate with BMedSc Clinical Sciences. Students whose 120 successfully completed credits include a 20 credit specialist module and corresponding 60 credit specialist project may qualify for a specialist stream.

The specialist streams currently available are:

  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Endocrinology and Metabolism)
  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Reproduction and Women’s Health)
  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Sciences)
  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Cancer Sciences)
  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Clinical Geroscience)
  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Immunotherapy)
  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Microbiology & Infectious Diseases)
  • BMedSc Clinical Sciences (Ophthalmology)*

*Pending approval

The course consists of:

  • a research project which leads to a thesis to be submitted in March/April. Students spend approximately 60% of their time on their research projects
  • a choice of 2 20 credit taught modules in the various disciplines of Clinical Sciences
  • you will also follow a compulsory 20 credit taught module (Clinical Bioinformatics and Statistics) which will provide you with training in analysis of large clinical and laboratory data sets, including genomics.

For more information, please contact the Programme Administrator on interecalclinscience@contacts.bham.ac.uk for details of the programme, modules, and projects available.

The application form can be found here.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for the programme students usually have to demonstrate that their performance in years 2 and 3 of the medical degree is equivalent to a 1 or 2.1 in a standard classified degree. However, for Covid-19 affected years, applicants are required to have achieved an average of 58%.

Closing Date

First round applications: noon 10th January 2022, Second round applications: noon 14th March 2022 (NB projects allocated in the first round will no longer be available)