The medical profession is increasingly reliant upon the advances made in basic science. These advances provide the basis for the development of novel and improved methods of diagnosis and treatment of disease. The intercalated degree programme will offer a background to these exciting developments and will provide an important component of a medical student’s career progression. In particular, intercalated degrees are vital for those who wish to conduct clinical or academic medical research in the future, but also for doctors of the future who want to understand the basis of the medical conditions that they will treat and advise upon.
The intercalated degree programme at the Department of Biology has adopted an integrated approach, teaching cellular and molecular processes in various study themes, including cancer biology, infectious disease, immunology, and neuroscience. Students will study alongside final-year undergraduates in Biology and Biochemistry in the Department, and will undertake a research project associated with a specific ‘study theme’, six taught modules, and a Research Skills module.