Thinking of Intercalating?

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Glad you’ve found us! This blog/informal information site aims to give you as much information about intercalating from as much of a student’s perspective as possible, as no doubt your university will be very keen to get you on one of their courses and it is a big decision; the veterinary degree at most UK universities is 5 years (except Cambridge which is 6 and already includes a compulsory intercalation degree for undergraduates) so going for that extra year is not something to be taken lightly! (see a bit later for things you may want to consider!). Initially this will be a University of Bristol vet student led site, but if it’s successful we hope to expand it across vet schools and the like in the future.

Careers outside of clinical practice are always an option, and there is a shortage of veterinary researchers, so an intercalated degree will give you that extra edge when applying for jobs and equip you with the skills needed in research if that’s something you’re interested in!

I (Liz) was worried I would be one of the only ones wanting to intercalate from my year, but actually there are almost 20 people in my year (BVSc 3, 2018-2019) who will be going away for a year which is really reassuring for when I come back!


Intercalation is a chance for veterinary (and medical and dental) students to do an intercalated degree, that is, take a year out from your existing degree to do another degree (usually science related but occasionally an arts degree can be on offer), so that you graduate with 2 degrees in 6 years. The course may be exclusively for intercalating students or you may join the final year of an existing course that the university already runs if it’s a Bachelor’s. You can either choose a Bachelor’s Degree (BSc/BA) or a Master’s Degree (MSc/MRes or even in the case at the University of Bristol from September 2019 (subject to change) a LLM (Master’s in Law)) and each of these have their own considerations (again see my later pages).


Feel free to have a look around the site (currently being added to!) for more information about the types of courses you can intercalate in, first hand accounts of students’ experiences of various courses in different universities and things to consider when applying to intercalate.


It’s probably best to get in touch with the staff that manage the intercalation process at your university as they’ll be able to give you the most applicable up to date information. Bristol vet students can contact which is answered by students if you’d like any questions answered that you may feel would be better answered from a student’s perspective!