The Visiting Student Elective Programme offers short term, observational placements, for medical students, in their final year of study. Students are placed with one of the consultants working for the Barts Health Trust and spend their time shadowing and experiencing typical days in a specific medical speciality.
Recently, the Visiting Student Elective Programme has been reviewed, and has undergone a policy change. In recognition of the increasing demand for elective placements, whilst ensuring we maintain high standards for all learners, QMUL in partnership with Barts Health have developed a new model to support this important activity. This model will provide a collaborative approach which will ensure we can optimise the opportunities available for quality assured placements.
The elective programme opens for applications 3 times during the year: March, August and November. The time you should apply depends on when you would like to undertake your elective:
Please note that the application round is for applicants to complete the online application form and make the payment required.
Applicants are given three choices. Around 99.9% of students who apply are placed and those who submit the same week the applications are opened are more successful at gaining a first choice placement, providing they meet the eligibility requirements.
You may apply for electives in the following specialties:
Please note Internal Medicine is not offered as an elective placement.
Hospitals within the Barts Health Trust: Please note that elective placements can be at a number of different hospitals within the Trust, based on the rotation of your supervising consultant. The official list of these hospitals can be found at the Barts Health website here: http://bartshealth.nhs.uk/our-hospitals/
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust: Elective students can now undertake an elective at The Princess Alexandra Hospital. If you would like to find out further information about the hospital please visit https://www.pah.nhs.uk/
Hospitals where placements occur include (but are not limited to): The Royal London Hospital, St Bartholomew's Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Newham University Hospital, The Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Pre-hospital Care and Emergency Medicine - please note that the Pre-hospital Care and Emergency Medicine elective placements are administered exactly the same as our other specialties. If you have further queries about Pre-hospital Care and Emergency Medicine, please visit https://www.londonsairambulance.org.uk/education/hcp/medical-students for contact details.
Please read the handbook before applying.
Elective Programme Handbook 2019 [PDF 626KB]
You are eligible for an elective placement at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry if you:
IMPORTANT NOTE: All elective placements are offered purely for observational purposes, in order to comply with occupational health and immigration requirements. Please see the Electives Handbook for further information.
DO NOT MAKE YOUR PAYMENT VIA ANY OTHER METHOD.
How much should I pay?
The elective fee is made up of a £300 administration fee, and a £550 standard placement fee for 2-4 weeks.
Additional weeks up to 8 weeks will be charged at £50 per week.
Please note that the administration fee is non-refundable, but you may be eligible for a placement fee refund if you are not placed or do not attend.
Please review our refund policy below for further details.
Incoming Elective Refund Policy 2019 [PDF 271KB]
The grid below should help you work out how much you need to pay.
Please note that an application which is received without payment will be rejected automatically and you will lose the £300 administration fee.
Timelines to follow:
To pay and complete application
For applications to be completed
We'll email you by
Any Monday of these months
Once you have applied:
If you have any queries about the programme, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and a list if commonly asked questions, please view our FAQs.