Medical Elective Availability 2018: Unfortunately we have no more availability for Medical Elective Placements for 2018. Availability for 2019 placements will be on the website from October 2018.

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Please ensure that you read the information on this page carefully before you apply.

General information for applicants

Elective placements are open to medical students in their penultimate or final year of study.

  • We are unable to consider multiple requests for placement dates. You can only submit one application form at a time
  • You can specify up to two specialty requests on the application form. If we are unable to allocate you to your first choice of placement, we will also look into placing you in your second choice
  • Placements will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Once all available placements have been allocated, the elective scheme will close and a notification will be posted on our web pages to confirm this
  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, if you do not provide all the required documents with your application form, we will be unable to process your application
  • If you are a non-EU or UK student you will need a Tier 4 visa sponsored by St George’s, University of London.
  • International students cannot undertake successive medical electives at different UK institutions.  If you have already completed a medical elective in the UK you are not eligible sponsorship for this programme.

Read more information on VISAs.

How to apply

1.    Complete an application form (Word)

2.    Ensure you have verified copies of the below documents:

  • Current photographic identification and any relevant visa pages, in addition to a copy of your birth certificate
  • A letter of recommendation from your medical school to verify that you are studying on a medicine programme. This letter should confirm that you are a current medical student, your year of study and the duration of your programme (start and end dates). We do not require a character reference.
  • Proof of address document – this can be a bank statement or utility bill dated within the last three months
  • Submission of a home country police check (if applying from outside of the UK)

All copies of the above must be stamped and signed by your home university, to confirm that they have been verified appropriately. A Verification of Documents form (Word) should also be completed by your home university and submitted with copies of the documents listed below.

If you are applying from a non-majority English speaking country you will need to meet our English language requirements as set out below.

3.    English language entry criteria:

  • Evidence of your English language proficiency using a SELT (Secure English Language Test) at CEFR C1 or equivalent. The most popular tests we accept are:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 
Minimum scores of 6.5 overall and in each of the four sub-test components Minimum scores of 62 overall and in each of the four sub-test components
N.B. Your English language test certificate must have been issued within the last two years to be considered valid.

A full list of the United Kingdom Border Authority's (UKBA) approved test providers, how the various test scores equate to the Common European Framework for Reference for languages (CEFR) levels and how long each test is valid for can be found on the UKBA website.

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After you’ve applied

If you are an international (non-EU) student you will need a Tier 4 Visa sponsored by St George’s, University of London. More information

In addition if you are applying from outside the UK you will need to provide an updated home country police check three months before your placement is due to commence.


Electives cost £300 and this sum is non-refundable. Information about how to pay will be sent to you with your provisional offer. In addition, applicants who are currently studying in the UK will also have to pay for an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The cost breakdown is as follows:

 DBS Check  Verification of documents at the Post Office (optional) Administration fee  Total cost* 
 £44  £5  £7.50  £56.50

*Overall cost will be £5 less if applicants choose to come to the University in person to have their documents verified by the admissions team.


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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:58