Taught course

Intercalated Oral Biology

Institution
Queen Mary, University of London · School of Medicine and Dentistry
Qualifications
iBSc

Entry requirements

Intercalated degrees are for undergraduate students currently enrolled in the MBBS or BDS programmes at Barts and the London, or at another medical, dental or veterinary school.

Medical students
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme) and passed all years to date.

Dental students
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the BDS course and passed all years to date. You must also have completed all continuous assessment and have satisfactory annual progress reviews.

Veterinary students
Veterinary students are welcome to apply.

All students
Satisfactory performance in, and completion of, all student-selected components (SSCs).

Selection
Students who meet the criteria will be asked to attend an interview.

Where there is competition for places, students will be ranked on their exam results to date and their interview performance.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our intercalated BSc in Oral Biology gives students already taking a medical or dental degree the chance to achieve an additional degree in this specialist field in just one year.

This research-driven programme allows you to study oral biology in greater depth than is possible in the BDS or MBBS courses.

You'll acquire detailed knowledge of cell biology, and learn to interpret the principles of biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology as applied to the oral cavity of humans and other mammals.

You'll also gain a firm understanding of the applications of biomaterials currently undergoing clinical trials, and will be strongly encouraged to develop an interest in and critical appraisal of current research practices in these subjects.

Throughout the year you'll develop the practical, analytical and computing skills necessary to carry out original research and, in your final semester, gain first-hand experience of conducting a hypothesis-driven research project in oral biology.

An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.

It will also:

  • add extra points to your application for Foundation Year training, giving you a competitive edge
  • strengthen your application if you wish to take the highly competitive academic Foundation Year route into clinical research or education and teaching
  • help you to progress into postgraduate training within your chosen speciality
  • develop your scientific awareness, with an opportunity to carry out original research
  • allow you to experience your chosen field and be sure it’s right for you.

Fees and funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Bursaries

Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.

These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • iBSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Institute of Dentistry
Email
smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk
Phone
+44 20 7882 2387