Choosing to intercalate brings many benefits:
Broaden your horizons
Whether you study a Bachelors or a Masters, intercalation is an opportunity to broaden your horizons, study a subject you are passionate about or help you to decide where your passion lies.
Develop research and academic inquiry skills
Gaining a Masters degree whilst studying medicine shows not only your motivation to your studies and self-development, but also your ability to work at a much higher level, as you will develop useful research skills while working in an academic environment.
Stepping stone to a career as an academic clinician (ACF)
If you are considering a career as an academic clinician, intercalation is an important step on this path. An intercalated BSc qualification is often cited as a minimum requirement for entry onto academic foundation programmes, for many specialty-training pathways.
Helping the NHS
Health Education England (HEE) has noted that there are many benefits to students intercalating, including delivering more mature, well-rounded graduates into the NHS. In addition, the HEE mandate from the Department of Health requires Health Education England to develop a workforce that “embraces research and innovation and to explore opportunities for students to intercalate onto MSc programmes as part of their education”.