• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

This is a great opportunity to experience, at first hand, the realities of undertaking research in a wide range of clinical settings. Design, conduct and write up a piece of novel work, and bring your own ideas and interests to the process. Past students have said it’s the best part of Medical School.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Dundee allows you to study in a friendly, responsive and student-centred environment. Our comparatively small size as a medical school works to your advantage. There is close integration of teaching and research activities, and our medical students are fully involved from an early stage in pioneering new approaches to teaching, clinical practice and research. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School is the centre of many areas of pioneering research in cancer, keyhole surgery, heart disease, drug development, and medical education.

Students undertaking an intercalated BMSc are still central to the activities of the medical school. As well as the clinical environment you will experience cutting edge research led by world class researchers and clinicians.

Top-rated medical school

In the 2015 Guardian University Guide medical schools ranking we were ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK. Our ranking in league tables, and student satisfaction with the quality of our course, is consistently high.

For entry to the BMSc (Hons) Intercalated course you must have successfully completed three years of an undergraduate medical degree (MBChB/MBBS etc) or two years of an undergraduate dental course (BDS).

English Language Requirement

 English Language Requirements

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Teaching on the course involves lectures, tutorials and a research project.

How will you be assessed

Module 1 (Core Research Skills) is assessed by a structured Critical Appraisal exercise of a paper chosen by you, and is weighted as 10% of the overall assessment.

Module 2 (Advanced Research Skills) is assessed by examinations in Epidemiology and Statistics, and by an in-depth essay on an appropriate topic – this is weighted as 30% of the overall assessment.

Module 3: (Research Project) is by far the most important part of the course. The research protocol itself, the dissertation, and the viva examination together account for the remaining 60% of the overall assessment.

What you will study

The course is made up of three modules:

Module 1 (Core Research Skills) gives you basic skills to find and review the literature, to design a study, to write a protocol, and to get your proposed study through the various processes of research governance. 

Module 2 (Advanced Research Skills) will see you undertaking the Epidemiology and Statistics teaching modules of the Masters in Public Health course.  You will be joining a diverse group of students from a range of countries and backgrounds for this essential teaching on the basics of population research.  In between, you will plan and organise your project.

Module 3: (Research Project) from January to April you will run your project, collect your data and write up your dissertation.  Students who wish may carry out the fieldwork for their project away from Dundee or overseas if appropriate. Permission for distant fieldwork needs to be negotiated with the course leader. The responsibility for organising and financing fieldwork outside Dundee lies entirely with the student, although advice will be given where possible.

Undertaking an intercalated BMSc will give you the opportunity to study the topic(s) of your choice in depth and will expose you to a systematic and well-organised method of how to formulate and pursue research and transferable skills. This Honours Degree will put you in a better position when you apply for employment post MB ChB/BDS graduation.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.


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  Degree UCAS Code
Apply NowHealthcare Improvement (Intercalated) BMSc (Hons)A301