An analysis of medical students' attitude and motivation in pursuing an intercalated MSc in clinical anatomy

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Objectives: This study aimed to explore what factors influence and motivate medical students to undergo an intercalated degree and why they prefer to choose an intercalated MSc in Clinical Anatomy.

Methods: The study consisted of 54 medical students enrolled in Queen's University Belfast which offers a range of intercalated degrees, including an iBSc in Medical Science and an iMSc in Clinical Anatomy. Five-point Likert scale survey was used to collect data, designed to discover what the influencing factors were in deciding to take an intercalating degree and if they have a desire to gain research experience. It measured the motivational features of their chosen courses.

Results: In recent years, more students (68.5%, n = 54) opted for the iMSc rather than the iBSc. This difference in number of students was statistically significant (chi-square = 33.4, P t = 2.78, P = 0.009).Conclusion: The study shows no significant link to a desire to gain research experience in determining which intercalated programme to undertake. Students favoured iMSc more because they believed it will enhance their employability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-430
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2019
EventMedical/dental Students First Experience in Human Cadaver Dissection Across Culture. - Abstract submitted to the American Association of Anatomists 2019 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 6-9, 2019., Florida, United States
Duration: 06 Apr 2019 → …


  • Intercalated Bsc
  • Intercalated Msc
  • Medical Students
  • Project
  • clinical anatomy


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