As a medical student you can intercalate an extra year in order to study for an Honours BSc degree. At present approximately 1/3 of medical students have the opportunity to intercalate. Most often people intercalate at the end of year 2 and exceptionally at the end of year 3.

A number of subjects are on offer to medics and these are constantly changing. For up to date information on the subjects offered contact the preclinical Curriculum Office. You may also intercalate at other Universities if the course you want is not offered at Bristol, but remember to liaise with academic staff and plan ahead!

For a list of current courses available at Bristol, check out the med school website:


Deciding whether to intercalate or not is often the most difficult decision that you have to make during medical school. The following tips will help you in reaching the right decision for you:

  • Talk to past and present intercalators – there is no substitute for talking to as many people as possible – this way you’ll get an unbiased cross-section of opinion. To find out how many mornings off you’ll get each week, whether Friday afternoons are free or whether you’d be up all night cramming to meet your next essay deadline speak to the students, they’ll tell you what you really need to know.

  • Talk to University academic staff – to find out the ins and outs of subject matter, past exam results, expectations and entry requirements. Also, they may be able to make you aware of medical student bursaries that exist in some subjects!

  • Talk to your parents! They’re the ones with the money!

  • If you still don’t know – toss a coin, OR click the links below and read what past and present intercalators have to say. Reports are 100% impartial and tell you about the good, the bad and the ugly in each subject.

For further information, contact the current preclinical VP at

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