We believe that opportunities for elective placements are an important part of undergraduate medical training.
Elective opportunities are offered by many hospitals within the northern region. Although it may not be possible to study in Newcastle itself, it may be possible elsewhere.
We do not charge tuition fees for an elective, but there is a non-refundable administration fee of £75.
The fee is payable once a student arrives at the School, on commencement of their elective. Please do not send a cheque with your application.
Apply for an incoming elective
For more information on applying to undertake an incoming elective, please see:
At the end of Year 4, all students are required to undertake a period of elective study for eight weeks.
This component of the curriculum maps to the student selected choice strand.
It provides the ultimate opportunity to exercise student choice, and allows you to study almost any subject in almost any politically safe part of the world.
The elective can be one of the most exciting and motivating periods of medical training.
Study abroad or at home
Approximately two-thirds of the year group use this opportunity to go overseas, with destinations being as far-reaching as Mongolia, Samoa and Cambodia.
However, approximately a third of our students elect to remain in the UK and that is perfectly reasonable.
There are numerous websites providing information about undertaking an elective.
The Medical School provides a number of opportunities during Year 3 and Year 4 for you to hear information relating to health and safety and other aspects of elective travel prior to you going away.