Intercalated Degrees at Keele University

What is an intercalated degree?

Keele School of Medicine students can opt to take a year out of their undergraduate medical studies in order to study a subject area in greater depth, before returning to complete the medical course; this is called an intercalated degree. Undergraduates may suspend their medical degree for a period of 12 months to undertake either a bachelor's degree after Year 2 or bachelor's/master's degree after Year 4. Keele students may choose to stay at Keele to complete the ICD or apply to another University, depending on the area they are interested in. We also welcome applications from students at other medical schools and such applications are dealt with by the Keele Postgraduate department in consultation with the relevant department.

Why do an intercalated degree?

An intercalated degree provides an opportunity to acquire a better understanding of basic biomedical sciences, medical humanities, research methodologies and to pursue an additional qualification in a medicine-related subject that interests you. This may help you make informed choices about specialisation later on in your career, and increase your chances of successfully gaining employment within the healthcare system, particularly if you wish to pursue a medical academic career. Other benefits could include the improvement of long-term career prospects, as you will have had the opportunity to gain key research skills, publish scientific papers, and make presentations at scientific conferences.

What are the drawbacks?

The two main potential drawbacks are time and money. An intercalated degree will add a further year to your undergraduate and postgraduate medical training.

What about funding?

If you are paying your own fees you will be expected to do so for the intercalated year. Fees will be set by each specific course. For 2015–16, some support has been made available through by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and clinical departments and students are currently eligible for NHS support for the fifth year of study. These details will be made available to students during the application procedure. A small number of grants and scholarships are available for internal students, and students will be selected on the basis of academic merit and/or financial hardship. Such decisions are made by an internal Hardship Fund Steering Group led by Dr Carol Gray from Student Support. Students should not approach any organisations offering intercalated degree scholarships directly, applications will be made as appropriate on the student's behalf. Please note that candidates staying at Keele to undertake their intercalated degree will be preferred for funding support. Queries about NHS bursaries should be directed to Beth Barlow at, and those regarding Keele bursaries including the Hardship Fund to Dr Carol Gray at