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We run an elective programme for medical students in their penultimate or final year of study interested in a clinical placement at St George's Hospital. These placements give you the opportunity to explore a particular medical specialty in a different healthcare environment as part of your degree. 

The elective process

Our elective placements are four weeks long and start on the first Monday of the month.   

The elective programme opens for applications twice a year. Applications need to be submitted either in May or November depending on when you would like to start your elective: 

Medical electives application deadlines and start dates
 Applications open on: For electives beginning in:
 May 2024 (dates TBC)  August 2024 to January 2025
 November 2024 (dates TBC)  February 2025 to July 2025

For example, if you would like to attend an elective in April 2025, you would apply in November 2024. 

Please note: the application round is for applicants to complete the online application form and make the payment required. Application attempts made outside of these times or arranged with any consultant or academic without making an application will not be considered. If you have already approached an individual, you can mention this on your application. 

We offer a wide range of elective opportunities at St George’s, a teaching hospital which provides both local secondary level care and regional specialist care.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply to a medical elective if you meet all of the following criteria: 

  • At the time of your requested elective, you are a medical student in your penultimate (second to last) or final year of study (therefore, you can apply in the application round before your penultimate year as long as your requested elective would take place once you had started your penultimate year). 
  • You have passed all of your assessments to date. 
  • You have DBS (police check) and occupational health clearance from your current institution. 

  • You meet our English Language requirements (see below). 

  • You have the appropriate immigration permissions

How to apply

  1. Complete the form (form will appear here when applications are open). You can select your speciality(s) from the list below:

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Breast surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • General Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Nephrology
  • Obstetrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Ortho Geriatrics
  • Paediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Renal transplant
  • Respiratory
  • Urology 
  1. Pay the application fee via our (link will appear here when applications are open). The application fee is non-refundable. More information can be found under the heading ‘Cost’.

  1. Ask your university to complete the Medical Elective Verification form.  This form includes certifying your passport so make sure you take the original copy and the photocopy you will upload with your application with you when this form is completed.

  2. Gather the following documentation:

    • Current photographic identification and any relevant visa pages.  

    • The completed Medical Elective verification form.

    • Evidence of meeting our English Language requirements – not applicable for those applying from a UK medical schools.

  1. Complete the (linkwill appear here when applications are open) before the end of the application round. Please feel free to leave the personal statement and reference sections blank as you will have completed a personal statement as part of the specialism selection form (Step 1). Please note, all documents above must be attached to your application form. 

After applying

Once you have applied, we anticipate communicating our decision to you within eight weeks. 

Week one 

Week two

Week three to six

Week seven and eight

Application round open and applications received. 

Applications reviewed by St George’s, University of London. 

Applications reviewed by St George’s Hospital. 

Decisions processed and applicants informed via email. 

Applications are reviewed by both St George’s, University of London, and St George’s Hospital. St George’s Hospital makes selections based on your personal statement and in line with how many placements each speciality has to offer each month. We make every effort to accept as many elective students as possible, but we cannot guarantee that your application will be successful. Applications are reviewed in the order received on a first come first served basis for the speciality in question.  

Cost

Elective placements cost £800 which covers the administration costs of your admission (application fee), and your time spent at St George's Hospital (placement fee).

To pay the application fee, follow the link to our online shop which can be found under 'How to apply' when the application round is open.

Your placement fee is not due to be paid unless you have been accepted onto an elective. A second link to our online shop will be included in your offer letter.

Administration fee 

Placement fee 

Total cost 

£400 

£400 (£100 per week) 

£800 

To be paid when applying 

To be paid if accepted 

English Language requirements

All medical elective student must meet our English Language requirement in one of the following ways: 

  • Study at a UK medical school. 
  • Obtain an IELTS (International English Language Testing System: Academic) score of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components (certificate must have been issued within the last two years to be considered valid). 
  • Meet one of our other published English Language requirements

Frequently asked questions

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Can I attend an elective placement before my penultimate year of study, or if I am studying a different course other than Medicine?

Elective placements are open to medical students in their penultimate or final year of study only. If you do not meet these criteria and would like to visit St George’s, University of London, you could consider attending as an Erasmus student. 

How many placements can I request to go on?

You can submit one application at a time, in which you are asked for your first and second choice of specialism. Elective placements are four weeks long and can not be shared across specialties.  

Am I guaranteed to be accepted on to an elective placement?

No. We make every effort to accept as many elective students as possible, but we cannot guarantee that your application will be successful. Applications are reviewed by both St George’s, University of London, and St George’s Hospital. St George’s Hospital makes selections based on your personal statement and in line with how many placements each speciality has to offer at the time you wish to attend.  

Do I need a visa for an elective placement?

If you are not a British national and do not already hold immigration permission which permits study in the UK, you should apply for the Standard Visitor Visa to undertake the elective placement at St George's.  Read more information on visas.  

Can I stay in halls of residence?

We have a limited number of rooms reserved for elective students in Horton Halls, St George’s halls of residence. Accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. More information on how and when to apply will be sent to you if you are accepted onto a placement. 


 Questions

If you have any questions about applying for an elective placement, please contact the Electives team.   

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