Biomedical Sciences

Visiting Students – Information for applicants

Information for students wishing to visit a research lab within the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences

Any new applications for Visiting Research Student projects must have a start date no earlier than September. We will be making decisions in line with government advice and there is a chance we may have to delay start dates beyond September. Exceptions can be made only where there is a realistic prospect that the student’s placement can begin online. 

If you have already have a confirmed offer to start a placement during the summer then please note that we currently expect this placement to begin in September, but we cannot confirm a start date at this time. Note that we are making decisions in line with UK government advice, and there is a possibility that your start date may be delayed beyond September. We will keep you informed if that is the case. Meanwhile, we strongly advise you not to book travel or accommodation until we have been able to give you a confirmed start date.

Step one

If you would like to visit a research lab within the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, your first action should be to identify a potential supervisor and contact them. 

View research interests and links to Principal Investigators (PI) in CDBS here

View research interests and links to Principal Investigators (PI) in Infection Medicine here

Step two

When you have an informal agreement with the PI to visit, you must then complete the appropriate an application form below (NB: There are different forms for undergraduate and postgraduate visitors so please ensure you complete the correct form):





If you are coming as part of the ERASMUS scheme, you should complete the postgraduate form.  Please note that you are required to complete the form fully and provide all the documentation required otherwise your application will not be processed. 

Further information on entry requirements, fees etc. can be found here.

Step three

Once the form and documentation is completed, please send this to the PI whose lab you hope to visit.  This begins the application process.  If all goes well and you have provided everything required, you will receive notification from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) in due course. 

Please note: You cannot start your visit until that has been received and you should not arrive in the lab until you have an unconditional offer and a fixed start date.

Step four

When you have fully matriculated, you will receive log-in details and a student matriculation card which may be needed for access to the building you will be working in.

  • Fees are required for visiting postgraduate students exceeding 12 weeks.  The cost for visits longer than 12 weeks is £810.
  • Further information on fees for visiting undergraduate students can be found here: Fee information for visiting undergraduate students
  • The source of funding  should be discussed with the PI before submission of an application. 
  • Visits are not allowed to exceed one year.


If you have any queries about the application process, please contact:

Mrs Anne Aitken (

Dr Martin Simmen (

Further information 

The College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine website provides further information for prospective visiting or exchange students:

View the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine website

Information for members of staff 

Information for staff regarding process for taking on a visiting undergraduate or postgraduate student.