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Clinical Elective Placements

Application information

You will need to complete the on-line 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.


General Application Information

  • 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.  Please note that should you accept an offer for a certain placement on certain dates, at the end of your Elective King’s will only verify time spent on that specific placement.
  • You may not specify hospital choice, only your 3 chosen specialties in preference order.
  • All elective placements commence on a Monday, however you are required to attend an enrolment and welcome session at Guy's Campus on the preceding Friday. You will not be permitted to commence your placement without attending this session and so you should take this into account when selecting your placement dates.

Entry Requirements

1.  You must be in your penultimate or final year of Undergraduate Medical study at the time you undertake your placement.

2.  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 proof 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. 

If you have taken your test but not got your IELTS results or certificate by the time you submit your application, we will instead accept evidence of your test booking confirmation. You will still be required to submit to us the test certificate as soon as you receive it, and you must still meet the minimum score of 6.5 for each component before an offer can be made.

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

3.  A transcript of your results from your medical degree to date, authenticated by the Dean or Registrar of your medical school.

4.  Permission from your medical school to do an elective.  This must include confirmation you have had a DBS or equivalent at your medical school. 

5. You must study at an institution listed on the GMC website.

Visa Information for International Students

There has been a change in immigration rules which came into effect on 11 January 2018. Non UK or EU citIzens are no longer required to have a Tier 4 visa sponsored by King’s College London to undertake your elective placement. 

Elective placements may now be undertaken under the short term study route rather than tier 4.

If you are a non UK or EU citizen, please read through the information from 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. 


  • There is a non-refundable application fee of £100, which will be taken as part of the application process. 

  • There is a placement fee of £50 per week.
    For the minimum 4 week placement, this equates to a placement fee of £200 and for the maximum 8 week placement a placement fee of £400.
    Payment of this fee should not be made until after you have been sent an elective placement offer.  Placement fees can only be made using our secure e-store.

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted via the online application portal, during the advertised application window.

The link to the online application portal can be found here

Your application must include:

  • Two written academic references
    We do not specify content or format but as a guide, these should refer to your course performance to date as well as experience and suitability for the elective placement. At least one reference should be from an academic tutor who knows you well.

  • A personal statement, detailing the preferred specialties for your Elective.
  • A transcript of your results from your medical degree to date, authenticated by the Dean or Registrar of your medical school.
  • Permission from your medical school to undertake an Elective at King's during the dates you are applying for.  This must include confirmation you have had a DBS or equivalent at your medical school. 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (as detailed above)

Please note that applications that do not include ALL of the above documents will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will automatically be rejected.

All nominated applicants from our Twin Link partner institutions must contact the Deanery of their home institution before completing the on-line application form. Applications received without notification from our partner institutions' Deanery will be treated as normal fee paying applications.

Your Application Outcome

We do not operate on a 'first-come-first-served' basis. All  applications submitted by the closing deadline are processed after the closing deadline.

Processing the applications can take up to 2 months after the closing deadline and we request that you do not e-mail asking for the outcome of your application during this time.

We will notify you as soon as possible after the application deadline whether or not your application has been successful.

If you have to withdraw your application for any reason please inform us at the earliest opportunity as it may be possible for us to offer your placement to someone else.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a certificate of medical indemnity or malpractice insurance valid for the duration of their proposed elective and confirming UK cover.  Please see the "Insurance" here for more details.

If offered a place you will be asked to complete an immunisation form.  

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