Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, the University of Leeds will not be able to accept external elective applicants for the 2020/2021 academic year . We know that this is disappointing however we are aware that this is an issue affecting all institutions both nationally and internationally.
We are hopeful that we will be able to re-open the application process for the next academic year starting in September 2021, however this is dependent on changes to the current government guidance in relation to the pandemic. We will update this information in Summer 2021 when we have more information.
The Medical Electives Team
School of Medicine
University of Leeds
We participate in a successful medical electives programme that will see you take exciting placements both in and outside of the region, with visiting electives joining us here at Leeds.
Medical electives programme
As an MBChB student, you'll have the opportunity to take a six-week placement at the beginning of your final year studying with us. The placement can be carried out in the UK or abroad, with some students carrying out cutting-edge research in world-renowned institutions in the USA and others travelling to remote parts of the developing world.
Past students have worked in health centres, charities, universities and hospitals in Australia, China, Italy, Nepal, Samoa, Tanzania, and Vanuatu. You can also study languages as part of the Students Without Borders programme which will help you become sufficiently fluent to work as a junior doctor in French or Spanish-speaking countries following graduation.
You may also opt to stay in the UK in order to explore a speciality of medicine that you aspire to focus on as you further develop your career, whether it be in clinical research or revolutionary surgery. Whichever you choose the elective is likely to be one of the most enjoyable and memorable components of your study at the University of Leeds.
The School of Medicine also welcomes applications from visiting electives – undergraduate students from both the UK and abroad who wish to carry out an elective with us here at Leeds. As a visiting elective at Leeds you'll be attached to a named consultant at one of the hospitals of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, either Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), St James's Hospital or Chapel Allerton Hospital.
During this period you'll be encouraged to observe and contribute to the clinical activities undertaken by your supervising consultant and their team. This will provide you with valuable experience of NHS England clinical practice and will develop your understanding of collaboration with other professionals working in primary and acute care contexts.
The elective is an observer role only and no formal teaching will be offered. Your supervisor will provide structured supervision and a varied schedule, exposing you to a wide range of clinical challenges and NHS treatment protocols.
2019 - 2020 timetable
|Block 1||1st June - 26th June 2020|
|Block 2||6th July - 31st July 2020|
|Block 3||3rd August - 28th August 2020|
- There is no charge levied on visiting electives and nor will students receive any payment.
- Six week electives may be available upon request.
- Electives are only available in one speciality and cannot be split across specialities.
- Due to limited provision, only one of a visiting elective's placements can be carried out at Leeds.
Applications can be submitted in January 2020 only.
In February 2020 a list of clinical specialities will be made available for you to sign up to. This process operates on a first come, first served basis.
Erasmus and Erasmus+
We are not able to enter into Erasmus or Erasmus+ agreements as we are unable to fully guarantee meeting the necessary requirements. Nor are we able to offer internships or placements longer than six weeks in duration.
Immigration rules for short-term study were changed with effect from 11 January 2018 to allow visiting electives to the UK to attend via the short-term study visa route, rather than Tier 4.
The relevant UKVI guidance gives further details about the requirements that need to be met.
English language requirement
To carry out your elective at Leeds you must ensure that you have an English IELTS certification with an overall score of 7.0 and at least 6.5 in the speaking component (or equivalent in TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic, C1 Advanced or Trinity College SELTs).
Enjoying your time in Leeds
While visiting the School of Medicine you'll have the opportunity to explore the city and the surrounding area. Leeds is a welcoming city, a thriving cultural and financial centre with many galleries, museums, bars and restaurants. It's also a great place to shop with many independent outlets and high street favourites.
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