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 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:

  • 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. 

    ‘The application process will open on 1st January 2019 for placements to be taken between May and the end of August 2019, placements are for a maximum of 8 weeks.  We are unable to offer placements in Emergency  Medicine, Paediatrics or Infectious Diseases.’

  • 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

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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