Intercalated degrees

Update for 2021 applicants

We are pleased to announce that the application window for 2021 is now open and will close on 22 January 2021. Please download our application form which contains full instructions on how to apply.  Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held online during February 2021. Offers to successful applicants and confirmation of placement locality will be provided during March / April 2021.

For any other queries relating to this course or our recruitment cycle please contact the Professional Development Unit:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus


Telephone: +44 1752 586951

UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) removal of educational achievements for 2023 entry

We are aware that the UKFPO has released a statement to inform medical schools that they will be removing certain educational achievements – including intercalated degree awards – from the UKFPO application score for 2023 entry.

The value of our intercalated programmes in Urgent and Emergency Care and Critical Care extends far beyond creating a 'points-based advantage' for foundation year one applicants. As one of our clinical intercalated students, you will experience one academic year embedded in clinical practice, actively contributing to patient care with the support of a consultant mentor. 

In addition to this, you will receive specialist instruction and inter-professional learning in topics such as quality improvement, leadership and non-technical skills. We firmly believe that graduates from our programmes are well-prepared to care for patients and function as effective doctors during their foundation years and beyond. 

Please find more details in this letter to our potential students.

Key features

Delivered by experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career.

During your intercalation, you will engage in quality improvement and develop your confidence and competence as a leader and member of the healthcare team. 

The unique mentoring, usually provided by a consultant in emergency medicine and intensive care, will support your progression developing relationships and the wider networks, that is so valuable as you complete your medical degree and commence your early years as a doctor.

We are considering applications from third and fourth-year students. All students will be assessed using identical applicant shortlisting and interview performance criteria and applicants will be assessed on individual merit and potential, not their specific position in training. 

Enjoy a truly unique intercalated degree experience.

 Why Plymouth?

  • A unique opportunity to study Intercalated degree programmes in critical and emergency care
  • Explore placements opportunities within your locality
  • A long practice placement working in a challenging critical care environment and emergency department
  • Develop your interpersonal, professional and clinical skills
  • Follow and lead exploring and applying key concepts, professional theories and evidence.

Placement information

 In 2021, we expect to offer a range of student placements across the UK, including some of the biggest and most dynamic NHS Trusts. 

Explore opportunities to set up placements within your locality helping you with the cost of living and development of important relationships in settings where you may like to work in the future.

Experience working in genuinely challenging clinical environments; real-life experiences mean meaningful education.

Candidates are given the opportunity to select their placement preferences following interview.

Please note that available placements may change, and the map is for illustrative purposes only.

Please note that available placements may change, and the map is for illustrative purposes only.

BSc (Hons) Critical Care (Intercalated)

Spend a year experiencing critical care medicine and life in the intensive care unit. 

  • A truly unique and flexible approach to intercalation. Most of your time is spent on placement in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Highly applicable to those interested in careers in intensive care medicine, emergency or acute medicine
  • Be mentored by an experienced faculty comprising senior clinicians and subject experts
  • Develop highly transferable skills in leadership, quality improvements and research. 

BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care (Intercalated)

Are you an aspiring emergency, acute or pre-hospital physician? Do you want to be ahead of the curve for foundation years and beyond? 

  • A truly unique and flexible approach to intercalation, most of your time is spent on placement in the Emergency Department
  • UK-wide network of placements gives unparalleled choice
  • Become a functioning member of the clinical team
  • Optional modules include mental health, critical care and clinical decision-making.

University of Plymouth intercalation

It’s a unique course – there’s isn't anything like it anywhere else in the UK. You’re in the clinical environment most of the time, normally five days a week.

Joshua Masheder - BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care (Intercalated) graduate

"Emergency care and critical care are both fields which can be the difference between life and death, but as students we have little exposure whilst at medical school. The opportunity this course and the BSc (Hons) Critical Care (Intercalated) course gives you to become integrated alongside some of the best medical teams in some of the busiest hospitals in the UK provides opportunities you will not gain elsewhere. Alongside the clinical placements I have been able to work in my field of interest, explore pre-hospital care and be involved in cutting edge research to mould out future NHS. Plymouth and its intercalation courses offer a unique starting block for anyone interested in emergency care, pre-hospital care and anaesthetics, not forgetting paediatrics and psychiatry all of which stand you above colleagues in experience, knowledge and exposure."

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:


Phone: +44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:


Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.