You will need to complete the online application form and upload a number of important documents to undertake an elective at King's College London. Due to the large number of applications that we receive for a small number of places any incomplete applications will be automatically rejected.
Please read all the information on this page carefully.
General Application Information
You must be in your final year of Undergraduate Medical study at the time you undertake your placement.
You can only undertake your placement in one specialty for the full duration of your placement, whether this is for the minimum of 4 weeks or up to the maximum of 8 weeks.
You may not specify hospital choice, only your 3 chosen specialties, in preference order with your preferred placement dates.
English Language Proficiency
If you are not a citizen of a Majority English-speaking country (list below), you are required to provide proof of your English Language Proficiency as part of your application.
If your current medical degree is taught and examined in English, we will accept this as poof of your proficiency - as part of your application you must include a letter from your school certifying that you are a current student of their medical degree which is taught and examined in English.
Alternatively, you can take a test to prove your proficiency. Currently, we only recognise and accept tests from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (either Academic or General Training). The minimum score required to prove your proficiency is 6.5 in each component and the test results must be within two years of your elective period in order to be valid.
We will not accept any other English Language certification.
Majority English Speaking Countries:
Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United States of America; United Kingdom.
Standard Visitor Visa
- Applicants from outside the EU/EEA who are studying for a medicine degree abroad are now permitted to enter the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa (Study) to take up a clinical elective placement.
- If you are a non UK citizen, please read through the information provided by our International Student Advisers and familiarise yourself with the visa application requirements before applying for a placement.
- You cannot request a visa support letter until you have received an offer from King's College London.
Professionalism and Student Code of Conduct
It is a condition of offer and enrolment that students agree, during their placement, to observe all the regulatory and policy requirements that apply to King’s College London students, including:
A-Z Policies at https://www.kcl.ac.uk/governancezone/doctype-policy.aspx
King’s College London’s Regulations & Student Conduct: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/orgstructure/ps/acservices/conduct