Edinburgh Medical School

Medical electives programme

Students from medical schools from all over the world can undertake elective attachments at the Edinburgh Medical School teaching hospitals.

Doctors wearing a face mask

Your elective placement

During your elective placement, you are given a clinical supervisor and you will join his or her clinical team in the ward or unit to observe and shadow their clinical practice.  

Your supervisor will give you structured supervision and a varied schedule so that you can gain experience of a range of medical conditions and NHS treatment protocols. 

Doctors on a hospital ward

The experience you will gain

During your elective placement you will gain experience of the NHS Scotland clinical practices and will deepen your understanding of working in teams and collaboration with other professionals, often in acute situations or with advanced conditions.  

In your clinical team, you will also be meeting and listening to patients and will gain an insight into cultural and socioeconomic factors and will strengthen your communication skills.  

Aerial shot of Princes Street

Living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the best historical and atmospheric cities in the world – it’s friendly and everything is within a walking distance – cafes, theatres, beaches and hills. 

Living in Edinburgh

Enquiries

For medical elective related enquiries, please contact us at:

Email:  electives@ed.ac.uk

Tel:  00 44 (0) 131 242 6651

Application Process

How to apply for an elective with Edinburgh Medical School.

Application form 2020

Apply for a medical elective in 2020.

Application form 2019

Apply for a medical elective in 2019.