University of Birmingham

This programme provides the opportunity for you to acquire specialist training and undertake a significant piece of public health or population science research. Like our other intercalated programmes the key feature of this programme is the opportunity to spend over 4 months of the year completing research in an area which interests you.

We have an excellent track record in identifying appropriate supervision to support students undertaking research in a wide range of clinical subjects, in a range of locations (both within the UK and abroad) and with a diverse range of individuals.

On completion of the programme you should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Commonly used research methods and data analysis techniques within health and medicine
  • How research methods are applied to inform the health of the population (epidemiology) and the management of public health issues
  • An understanding of the practicalities of conducting research in a range of settings
  • The legal and ethical frameworks of medical research
  • Key concepts, theory and practice in the subject areas chosen as optional modules

In addition to enhancing knowledge and understanding we believe our teaching methods with emphasis on feedback and easy access to support strongly promote development of the following skills and attributes:

  • The ability to critically read and appraise research evidence
  • The ability to produce scientifically valid research
  • The ability to manage a research project from conception to completion with enhanced project management skills which will be transferable to other aspects of your career
  • The ability to effectively communicate ideas or scientific findings through a range of commonly used presentation mechanisms including oral presentation, poster presentation, production of a journal article and essay writing.
  • Enhanced independent learning skills
  • Greater awareness of team working and skills to support this in clinical and academic settings
  • Improved ability to think logically and broadly about a range of problems, drawing on a variety of disciplines to support arguments

You will receive specialist training and training in research methods (both theoretical and applied) in semester one. The project will be devised in semester one and data collection, analysis and write-up completed in semester two. All students will have a nominated academic supervisor to support their research activity and will have access to research and statistics support through our research clinics system.

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.