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.
Clinical elective placements:
are located in one of our Clinical Academies.
- are between four and eight weeks long. They cannot be extended once dates have been agreed
- are limited in number: 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.
As a visiting student, your qualifications are subject to the same scrutiny that is applied to all students at the University of Bristol.
You will be asked to provide evidence. This may include:
- a full occupational health check
- a record of appropriate immunisations
- criminal record check
All students are required to sign and abide by the Code of Practice for medical undergraduates.
How to apply
The following Clinical Academies offer clinical elective placements. You should contact the Clinical Academy of your choice to arrange a placement. A non-refundable fee of £125 is payable at the time of acceptance and confirmation of the elective.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, some Academies are not accepting elective applications at the moment. We will update this page when the situation changes.
- Swindon, based at Swindon General Hospital (40 miles from Bristol). Due to the current uncertainty and until further notice, Swindon General Hospital is not accepting applications for medical student elective placements.
- North Bristol, based at Southmead Hospital. Due to the current uncertainty and until further notice, Southmead Hospital is not accepting applications for medical student elective placements.
- South Bristol, based either at:
- Bristol Royal Infirmary
- the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children at the Paediatric Emergency Department
Due to the current uncertainty and until further notice, South Bristol Academy is not accepting applications for medical student elective placements.
Students from outside the European Union
Medical electives are subject to UK Border Agency regulations. These currently permit students from outside the EU to observe medical treatment only. You may not participate in the assessment or treatment of patients.
There are two different types of visa for coming to the UK to study on an elective placement. They are:
- Short-term study visa- for students who wish to enter the UK for 6 months or less.
- Tier 4 visa- this requires a CAS number, which takes at least 12 weeks to process.
We expect that most students from outside the European Union who are coming to the UK to study on an elective placement will apply for a Short-Term Study Visa . Please make sure you read this information carefully, including how to apply, and contact Student Visa Services if you have any questions about this.
If you wish to discuss other visa types, such as Tier 4, please contact Student Visa Services
Let the Medical School know which type of visa you would like to apply for. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.