|Your own university will probably arrange a day or lecture to tell you about the degrees they offer.|
To apply elsewhere as an external student, you need to do a bit of research. It's not even comparable to applying to medical school the first time round, because there is no UCAS for intercalation, which instead means a separate application form for each uni. There'll be different deadlines for each uni as well, but as a rule of thumb these are largely in the middle of the spring term.
Make sure you prepare your application well in advance, as for most unis you'll need a letter from your Dean giving you permission to leave (and confirming that you have a medical school place to return to), a transcript of your exam results to date (which most uni registries will try to make you pay for), and a reference from someone at medical school who knows your academic abilities and motivations well. Some universities ask for a copy of your CV - make sure this is medically relevant, not the same one you'd use to apply for bar work! You might also need to write a personal statement, and the PS Help service on TSR can help you fine-tune this once you've written a draft.
Narrow down where you want to apply to - do you want to be in a particular place? Or is course content the absolute deciding factor for you? The range of courses you can apply to as an external is massive - everything from cancer biology to education to humanities.
Barts and the London
According to their website, the application deadline will fall at some point in February, and interviews shortly after this. External applicants should contact Ms. L. Singer by phone or email (020 3246 0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The application form can be found here
- More information about the program and admission criteria can be found here
To be considered for the programme you will have to demonstrate that your performance in the first three years of the medical degree is equivalent to a 1 or 2.1 in a standard classified degree and have a good pass (usually 65% or above) in the Clinical Sciences component of the MBChB is desirable.
Contact Yvonne Palmer via email email@example.com or phone (0121 414 8099) for further details.
- The application form can be found here
- External applicants also need to fill out an enrolment form, found here
University of Bristol
Bristol students typically intercalate between years 2 and 3 and are required to have no fails in the previous academic year, an average Unit mark of at least 60% and their ranking within their year group is also considered. It would be reasonable to assume that external students will be asked to meet similar academic requirements.
The following degrees are also available through the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
- Cancer Biology & Immunology
- Cellular & Molecular Medicine
- Medical Microbiology
- Pathology & Microbiology
- Virology & Immunology
For these degrees, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
External students should contact the tutor for the individual course concerned to discuss admission.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
- BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science
Applications for this programme are welcomed from medical students who have already successfully completed their intermediate studies at any medical school in the UK. The programme of study involves physiology, psychology and biomechanics as well as an independent dissertation where you will be guided through the research process in a relevant area of your choosing. You'll integrate with students who are undertaking the full 3-year version of thise degree.
Durham University offers the following programmes to intercalating Medical and Dental students after their 3rd or 4th year of study:
- MSc Medical Anthropology
- MSc Evolutionary Medicine
More information about these courses and funding can be found here
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh offers the courses listed below. Applicants should have completed at least two year of the MBChB, and preference will be given to Edinburgh students.
- Cell Biology
- Developmental and Cell Biology
- Evolutionary Biology
- Infectious Diseases
- International Public Health Policy
- Literature in Medicine
- Medical Biology
- Molecular Genetics
- Molecular Biology
- Reproductive Biology
- Sports Science Medicine
- More information about all of these courses can be found here
- The application form for external students can be found here
Imperial College London
You need to have completed at least two years of your medical degree to be considered by Imperial. They require a transcript, a permission letter, a reference, and a personal statement. The deadline is in mid-March with replies guaranteed by mid May.
Below is the list of available subjects. In brackets is the number of external applications and offers in the 2012/13 entry cycle.
- Cardiovascular Sciences (26 applications, 3 offers)
- Endocrinology (6 applications, 6 offers)
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology (4 applications, 2 offers)
- Global Health (17 applications, 5 offers)
- Haematology (10 applications, 6 offers)
- Immunity and Infection (5 applications, 5 offers)
- Management (42 applications, 39 offers)
- Neuroscience and Mental Health (5 applications, 2 offers)
- Pharmacology (2 places available - this course was previously not available to externals)
- Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (18 applications, 5 offers)
- Respiratory Science (3 applications, 1 offer)
- Surgery and Anaesthesia (32 applications, 21 offers)
Application to Imperial is via their own online EMBARK system and their iBSc handbook is available here.
External students wishing to intercalate at Keele need to contact the individual department reponsible for their chosen course, not Keele Medical School. Applications are processed by the Postgraduate Office, via this link. Note that the majority of these courses are Masters level, with Medical Humanities available at BSc level, and several MPhil's also being available.
MPhils in General Practice, Nephrology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Rheumatology and Stroke may be available, with availability varying year on year. External students wishing to pursue an MPhil must contact Dr Hider to express an interest at an early stage.
Extra information can be gained here
University of Kent
Kent offers a BSc (Hons) to external students:
- Management in Primary Care BSc (Hons)
Available to students who have completed at least two years of their medical degree. Bursaries available for those starting the programme in October 2015, including some bursary funds which may be offered to help cover the cost of campus accommodation.
- More information can be found here
Kings College London
King's accept a large number of external students, though officially the numbers available are dependent on how many internal students wish to take that course. Applications are due by early March. You will require a transcript, including your ranking within your year, a reference and a permission letter. Some, but not all, courses will require a personal statement. Applicants are made by post.
The following programs are available:
- Anatomy, Developmental and Human Biology
- Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine
- Endocrinology: Clinical and Molecular
- Global Health
- Health Care Management
- Human Genetics
- Human Nutrition
- Imaging Sciences
- Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology
- Medical Ethics and Law
- Oral and Craniofacial Biology
- Regenerative Medicine & Innovation Technology
- Women's Health
More information about all of these degree courses can be found here
- The external application form can be found here
For queries, contact email@example.com
University of Leeds
Leeds will consider external applicants if there are sufficient places available on the course once internal candidates have had their places allocated. You must have completed at least two years of your medical degree, and some courses require three years. Applications are due mid-February, with offers made in late March.
The application form for external students to undergraduate programmes is here. It must be submitted by post.
The application form for external students to postgraduate programmes is here. As well as a postal application, emails must be sent to the postgrad contact for that course as well as the main firstname.lastname@example.org address.
Queries to email@example.com
Courses offered at Leeds are as follows:
From 2013, Leeds will also offer intercalated Master's programmes. You need to have completed at least three years of your medical degree to be considered, and be in the top half of your cohort.
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
LSTM offers 1 undergraduate and 3 postgraduate courses to intercalating medical students. You must have completed 4 years of medical school before commencing the MSc.
University of Manchester
It is unclear whether Manchester accept external students.
They offer the following range of intercalated BSc degrees for students who have completed at least 2 years of medicine:
- Anatomical Science
- Biomedical Sciences
- Cell Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Global Health
- Medical Biochemistry
- Pharmacology and Physiology
The following range of intercalated postgraduate degrees is offered to students who have completed at least three years of medicine:
- MSc Biomechanics
- MRes Cardiovascular Health and Disease
- MSc Cognitive Brain Imaging
- MRes Genetic Medicine
- MSc Health Care Ethics and Law
- MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
- MSc Medical Imaging
- MPH Masters of Public Health
- MRes Maternal and Fetal Health
- MSc Medical Humanities
- MRes Medical Sciences
- MRes Oncology
- MPH Emergency Humanitarian Assistance and Global Health
- MRes Primary Care
- MRes Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine
- MRes Translational Medicine
More information about these degree courses can be found here
University of Newcastle
Newcastle offers the following undergraduate degrees to external students:
- Biomedical Genetics
- Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology
- Physiological Sciences
Students who intercalate after their 4th year may intercalate a Masters or MPhil.
- More information can be found here
University of Plymouth
Available only to students who have completed four years of their medical degree.
More information on this course can be found here.
Queens University Belfast
QUB offer a range of undergraduate degrees:
- Medical Sciences
As well as several Masters programmes, for which you must have completed three years of your medical degree.
General queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can be found here.
University of St Andrews
- Masters of Research in Medicine
This course is 12 months long and requires you to send a CV, an application form, 2 references, and a 300 word personal statement.
Details can be found here.