University of Birmingham

Understanding why people think and act as they do is fascinating! You must agree – you’ve chosen a career (medicine/dentistry) that is focused on interacting with different people every day. Not only is psychology fascinating, it is also fundamental to the practice of both medicine and dentistry.

How a person thinks, feels and behaves has an enormous impact on their state of physical and mental health/illness, and of course a person’s health/illness state affects how they feel, think and behave. Mental illness (disorders of thoughts, feelings, behaviours) will affect at least 1 in 4 of us at some point in our lives. All doctors and dentists, irrespective of specialty, will treat patients with mental illness. Intercalating in Psychological Medicine will benefit any medical or dental student, whatever the field in which they are hoping to work. We have had students on the programme who have gone on to work in fields such as, general practice, psychiatry, paediatrics, neurology, anaesthetics, general medicine and even surgery! Many of our graduates go on to have highly successful clinical academic careers.

Entry requirements

Applications for this programme will be accepted from students wishing to intercalate after year 3 or 4 of their medical studies, or year 2 for Dental students. Students must have obtained >60% in the second year of MBChB or BDS to be eligible. Applicants will be ranked on their year 2 mark and on their answers to the questions on the application form.

Please note: students who have failed to achieve 60% may still apply, but are required to demonstrate a significant upward academic trajectory or excellence in specific areas related to the proposed intercalation.

Applications from students not currently registered at Birmingham

We are happy to consider applications for any of the programmes within the Population Sciences and Humanities subjects from students from other institutions. We have a strong track record over recent years in supporting these students and facilitating integration into their new institution.

Applications from students from other universities should be made on our standard application form| and must be accompanied by a transcript of marks from your current institution. Should an offer of a place be made to you further admission forms will be sent from the University via our Course Administrator.

We are always happy to discuss our programmes with students from other universities. If you have any queries or wish to discuss the opportunities available to you in Birmingham please contact us.

Closing date

Please contact the course provider.