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:
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.
The programme consists of 8 modules providing an excellent insight into international health.
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
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.'
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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.
International Foundation Year Programme
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
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.
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: £21,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
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 in 2018-19 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.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.
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.