Clinical electives for visiting undergraduate 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. Spaces are extremely limited and you need to apply well in advance.

Who can apply

Undergraduate medical students can apply if they are in the final or penultimate 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 only to observe medical treatment: 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:

  • Swindon, based at Swindon General Hospital, 40 miles from Bristol. Amanda Bell - 
  • North Bristol, Based at Southmead Hospital. All places are now full for 2019 and 2020. Placements are not offered in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics or Infectious Diseases - 
  • South Bristol, based in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Students who would like to apply for an elective placement at South Bristol Academy will need to apply in August each year to be considered for a placement the following year. Any students who apply outside this timeframe will not be considered or processed. Before making your application, you must contact a consultant at the hospital directly and they must agree to supervise you for the elective period (the Academy cannot find a supervisor for you)-

Please note:

  • Elective placements are between four and eight weeks' duration. They take place between the start of May and the end of August each year.
  • Placements cannot be extended after dates have been agreed.
  • A non-refundable fee of £125 is payable by the you at the time of acceptance and confirmation of the elective.
  • You will be responsible for organising your own accommodation. 

International students

If you are coming to study a medical elective, you can come on a Tier 4 student visa or on a Short-term study visa. Please see the University International Student Visa Advice and Compliance website for more information about visas for medical electives and contact the team for further advice.

If you are going to apply for a Tier 4 visa, you will require a CAS number. The CAS can be provided 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.

If you are going to apply for a Short-term study visa or enter the UK as a Short-term student, you will require a Short-term study visa letter. This should be issued by the Faculty of Health Sciences.

 Please inform the Bristol Medical School once you decide the visa type for which you will be applying.

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