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Intercalated Degree in International Health Intercalated BSc (Full time) 2019 start

Key facts

Start date: September 2019

1 year full time

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £22,750 (per year)

Study abroad option: No
Work placement option: No


Our popular Intercalated BSc in International Health is an intercalated full-time course designed for UK medical, dental and veterinary students committed to international health.

The study of International Health prepares you to act as a global ambassador and leader in a challenging medical environment. Our popular research field trip will allow you to go to middle or low income countries to conduct your own fieldwork project.

The degree provides you with opportunities to explore issues of global health, healthcare delivery and health policy. You will develop the critical and analytical skills to assess, implement and evaluate health and healthcare interventions in your future medical career.

You will be taught and supervised by world leading experts in the field of international health and thus benefit from the latest cutting edge research.

On successful completion of the programme you will have:

  • Gained an understanding of global health issues and determinants of health
  • Explored and gained an appreciation of intra-country, inter-country and inter-regional differences in health and healthcare
  • Considered the interactions between developed and developing world with reference to health
  • Acquired, through research, an in-depth understanding of a particular aspect of international health modules

International Health and Development Experts

The Intercalated BSc in International Health is taught by international health and development experts from the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, a WHO collaborative centre, which also offers a portfolio of postgraduate programmes in International Health and Development. BSc students are provided with opportunities to network and study with postgraduate students who are doctors and other medical professionals from low and middle income countries which can be of significant benefit when preparing for the research project.

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Course content

The programme consists of 8 modules providing an excellent insight into international health.

  • Two modules providing a foundation in international health: Health Policy and Development, Health Systems in Low & Middle Income Countries
  • Three topic modules covering the main health challenges in low to middle income countries: Communicable Disease Control, Non-communicable Diseases, Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health
  • Three modules which prepare the student for fieldwork: Project A (Literature Review), Research Methods, Project B (Research Project).

What’s so special about the programme?

We provide you with excellent support so you can achieve your full potential, including an induction programme which covers core skills in international health, critical thinking and literature review skills.

You will be based in the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development. The Nuffield Centre is a research active centre and our work informs our teaching. Our focus is on public health care delivery, and, to a lesser extent on healthcare delivery by non-governmental organisations (the voluntary sector). Issues around the relationship between these two sectors and the private sector are considered during the course.

The Nuffield Centre has a long standing reputation in international health and we are a World Health Organization Collaborative Centre. It’s a highly supportive environment and we encourage all our students to achieve their potential.

The BSc International Health is one of the oldest and most well established programmes in International Health and the programme is delivered by world specialists.

The research project is an incredible opportunity to pursue your own interests –many of our students choose to carry out their project overseas.

‘…the course offers the ability to delve into a personal interest of yours and to perform research in a low or middle income country- research that may potentially help in that field. For example I was fortunate enough to visit India to explore and research my interest in generic medicines. This fantastic opportunity is something I cannot recommend enough...’ Harvir Braich, BSc International Health, 2014-15

Who will I be studying with?

You will be studying alongside medical students from Leeds and elsewhere. However, you will also be mixing with health professionals from all over the world who are here to study our other Nuffield programmes, so you can hear about their experiences first-hand.

Research/ Fieldwork Project

You will have the option of doing field work overseas, gaining experience of research design, risk assessment, research ethics, data collection and analysis.

‘The benefits of this course include being able to travel and conduct research abroad and also integrate into a different university for a year. The course has students from lots of different medical schools, we also had a vet in our year, and it allows you to make new friends easily.’

Georgia Murphy, BSc International Health, 2013-14

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Project A 20 credits
Project B 20 credits
Research Methods Module 10 credits
Communicable Disease Control 10 credits
Health Policy and Development 20 credits
Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health Module 10 credits
Global Patterns of Non-Communicable Diseases 10 credits
Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries 20 credits

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Intercalated Degree in International Health BSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Teaching is delivered in lectures, group work, seminars and tutorials.


You will have full access the University of Leeds libraries, which include group study areas and spaces for private study. Much of the course material is provided through the Virtual Learning Environment, which can be accessed remotely, as well as on site. IT facilities have recently been updated and lecturers have access to high quality audio-visual equipment. Student support services are available through the course of study via the University's Student Services Centre.


The programme is assessed through assignments ranging from essays, literature reviews to group presentations and poster presentations. There is no exam.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent.

For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

How to apply

Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

All Leeds medical/dental students wishing to intercalate at Leeds University must complete the relevant application form indicating a first, second and third choice of programme.

Medical students from other universities may apply for entry to this programme by contacting the LIHS Admissions Coordinator in the first instance.

Selection principles

The personal statement should demonstrate interest and enthusiasm in international health. In addition the statement should provide evidence of the following: curricular and extra-curricular engagement with international health; awareness of health care system issues in international health; awareness of wider health system issues in international health.


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £22,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Financial support

Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

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Career opportunities

The Nuffield Centre has established a large alumni network of health health professionals holding senior positions around the world.

A number of our students go on to publish their research results or present at conferences, and many intercalating students find success on this programme helps them attain the foundation job of their choice.

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