UCL Medical School


Visiting Student Electives

Electives for Visiting Students at UCL Medical School

UCL Medical School is pleased to offer a visiting student electives programme to international undergraduate medical students and those from other UK medical schools who have completed a minimum of 3 years of a medical degree programme excluding an IBSc and including 12 months of clinical study.

These attachments are spent within the academic clinical divisions of the School of Life and Medical Sciences and in clinical units within the associated teaching hospitals: University College London Hospitals (WC1); The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust (N19) and The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust: Royal Free (NW3); Barnet (EN5); Chase Farm (EN2).

The aim of elective placements is to enable visiting students to gain clinical experience in the UK health system based on their own areas of interest. Placements are flexibly scheduled at the discretion of the supervising clinician. As such there is no fixed curriculum for elective placements and we unable to guarantee that specific aims and objectives relating to core curricula at home institutions will be gained.    

Electives are offered for a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 8 weeks during 7 blocks starting in August and running throughout the year.  One elective period only may be spent at UCL.

All administration and correspondence is by email to: medsch.visitingelectives@ucl.ac.uk

Administration and contacts
Dates and availability of electives
Application process and timing
Taking up your place
Certification of satisfactory completion
Self-organised electives and electives arranged through NHS Trusts
Electives organised through Divisions and Institutes
Student Selected Components
Associated Teaching Hospitals
List of offered specialties 

Please find 2017-18 Elective Timetable below and apply accordingly:

Please find 2017-18 Elective Timetable below and apply accordingly:

The minimum length of an elective placement is 4 weeks and the maximum length is 8 weeks. Placement dates must start and finish within the block dates set out below.

20 places are offered in each block.  The number is determined by the availability of educational supervisors with capacity to teach visiting students in addition to their normal allocation of UCL medical students and the resources needed to arrange placements.

The deadlines for application for each block are given below, but the application process may close earlier if all the places are taken up before the deadline.


  • Block 1 Mon 4 Sep – Fri 20 Oct 2017 - Closed
  • Block 2 Mon 23 Oct – Fri 17 Nov 2017 - Closed
  • Block 3 Mon 20 Nov – Fri 15 Dec 2017  - Closed
  • Block 4 Mon 08 Jan - Fri 23 Feb 2018 - ClosedStudents who were accepted for that block - Submit complete set of documents Part 2&3 by 08/09/2017
  • Block 5 Mon 26 Feb – Fri 25 Mar 2018 - Closed Students who were accepted for that block - Submit complete set of documents Part 2&3 by 06/11/2017
  • Block 6 Mon 09 Apr – Fri 01 Jun 2018 - Closed
  • Block 7 Mon 04 Jun – Fri 13 Jul 2018 Apply on 29/09/2017 at 10am onwards https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=50274

Elective Forms for current applicants:

Please note that visiting electives in Neurology are not offered through the Medical School programme and are organised separately through the Education Unit at the Institute of Neurology. Students seeking an elective in Neurology are asked to email ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk for further details.

A small number of UCL students either choose or are required by the Medical School to take their elective at a Trust affiliated with the Medical School.  To avoid confusion with Visiting Electives, UCL students are asked to contact a Consultant or Departmental Administrator directly themselves. Once the student has established whether they have been accepted, they should then email details to medsch.elective-approval@ucl.ac.uk  to ensure that their arrangements will satisfy MBBS course requirements to enter finals.

Erasmus Exchanges

We regret that UCL Medical School is unable to enter into Erasmus Exchange agreements.