The 2021 incoming elective programme has been cancelled. Please see the bottom of this page for more information about the 2022 incoming elective programme.
The University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine is able to provide a number of elective placements each year for Medical students based outside of Cambridge. The elective placements are for a maximum of 6 weeks and take place at the Cambridge University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
From the first direct measurement of blood pressure to the unravelling of the complexities of DNA and the discovery of monoclonal antibodies, Cambridge has been in the spotlight. Advancing into the 21st century, Addenbrooke’s symbolises the world class stature of Cambridge Medicine. It is in the front rank of the UK’s finest University Teaching Hospitals with an international reputation based soundly on treatment, teaching and research. To the left is a picture of the University of Cambridge Institute of Metabolic Sciences. The Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) is a cross-departmental institute within the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, that is housed in the purpose-built Institute of Metabolic Sciences on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (Addenbrooke’s Hospital site).
A Cambridge Elective Placement offers medical students from around the world the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in a specific department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Students will observe various aspects of the running of the department from meetings to medical procedures, giving you an invaluable opportunity to learn from some of the UK’s leading medical consultants.
For more information about what happens when you undertake an elective placement with us please visit the about page.
If you are considering applying for an Elective placement please make sure that you read the entry requirements for all students who wish to apply. You may also find it useful to read the information provided about the accommodation that is provided and the application stages. We have included an FAQ page which you may find useful if you have any further questions.
We are currently accepting applications for electives in 2022, and have extended the deadline to September 2021 or until all blocks are full. However, our ability to offer elective placements has depended on the nature of the ongoing pandemic situation, and we need to be responsive to both national and international developments. Sadly this means we have made the difficult decision to close the elective programme to overseas students until Block 5 -that is, until June 2022. We will continue to need to be responsive to developments with the pandemic in 2022; this website will be updated with any changes and, where relevant, applicants will be contacted directly if their electives are affected.
We welcome applications from UK based students for all blocks in 2022. We welcome applications from overseas students from green and amber countries for blocks 5-8 only.
For those applying from the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Ireland, or from a Hinari A country ; there is no application fee. For those applying from elsewhere, there is an application fee of £60. This is a standard charge that supports the administration of the application process and helps us to ensure that applicants receive a positive experience.