Clinical electives for visiting students

Bristol Medical School offers a limited number of clinical elective placements to visiting students in their final year of study.

Placements are in one of our Clinical Academies and are not normally longer than 8 weeks' duration. They take place between May and the end of August.

Spaces are extremely limited and you need to apply well in advance.

Who can apply

Undergraduate medical students in the final year of study before qualifying as a doctor.

Medical electives are subject to UK Border Agency regulations, which currently permit students from outside the European Union to observe medical treatment only. They may not participate in the assessment or treatment of patients.

Visiting students' qualifications are subject to the same scrutiny that are applied to Bristol university students.

This includes a full occupational health check, appropriate immunisations and criminal record check, references and evidence of bona fides.

All students are required to sign and abide by the Code of Practice for medical undergraduates.

How to apply

You should apply directly to the Clinical Academy of your choice. Only these academies currently offer clinical elective placements:

  • North Somerset, based at Weston-super-Mare, 23 miles from Bristol. Does not accept elective students from outside the UK. Contact
  • Swindon, based at Swindon General Hospital, 40 miles from Bristol. Contact
  • North Bristol, Based at Southmead Hospital. Sorry but all places are now full for 2018.
  • South Bristol, Based at the BRI. To arrange an elective you will need to arrange this directly with a consultant at the hospital trust.

A non-refundable fee of £125 is payable at the time of acceptance and confirmation of the elective.

International students

International students are required to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. We will need to apply for a CAS number once your application has been processed. We require at least 12 weeks for the process to be complete. You will need to provide the following when you apply:

  • Passport number and expiry date.
  • Official transcript of marks (most importantly the most recent year).
  • University official name, start and finish date and current programme details.
  • Evidence of an acceptable level of English qualification (and certification to prove this) if you are from a non-English speaking country. Further details on accepted English language qualifications.
  • Whether you have studied in the UK before and evidence of this.
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