Edinburgh Medical School

Medical electives programme

Medical school students from all over the world can undertake elective attachments at Edinburgh Medical School teaching hospitals. Applications for the 2024 round are now closed.

Doctors wearing a face mask

Applications for the 2024 round of our medical electives programme is now closed. 

 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

Erasmus students

The MBChB programme does not participate in the Erasmus Programme, so we cannot accept Erasmus students. 

For medical elective related enquiries, please contact us at:

Email:  electives@ed.ac.uk


Application process

How to apply for a medical elective with us.

Electives application form 2024

Apply for a medical elective in 2024. Applications close on 15 April 2023.