Department of Cardiovascular Science - Teaching, Research, Practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am thinking about applying for your electives programme, is there an application fee?

There is no charge to apply. If you are accepted onto the Sheffield Electives Programme, you will be required to pay a £300 administration fee upon confirmation of placement. This will cover the cost of the administrative services involved and your Occupational Health check.

I want to apply but only have paper copies of my recommendation and transcript of results, passport and certificate of good conduct. Can I post them?

No, all required documentation must be received electronically. Please email your recommendation and transcript of results, copy of passport and certificate of good conduct to medelect@sheffield.ac.uk .

When do I need to apply?

Ours is a rolling programme with no specific deadlines, however, we will need time to process your application. We therefore recommend applying at least 4 months in advance of your placement.

If I have been accepted to do an elective attachment by a Sheffield Teaching Hospitals member of staff, do I still need to apply? If so, when?

Yes, you will need to complete the application process as soon as possible.

Please state in your application that you have already made arrangements with a supervisor including their name and email. You will also need to include a confirmation email or letter from that supervisor.

I have applied to do an elective at the University of Sheffield. How long will it take before I receive a response about my application?

You should receive a final decision about your application within three weeks of your application, however, it may take upto 6 weeks.

I have been accepted! What do I do next?

Once your application is accepted, we will send you an Offer letter, which you will have 15 working days to response to. When you have officially accepted your placement and paid the required £300 administration fee, you will receive a confirmation email with induction details following closer to the time. If you are an international applicant (outside of the EEA), you should soon receive a CAS number which you will need to use to apply for a Tier 4 Visa. Please ensure that you start the visa application process as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

I am due to start my elective but my visa won’t be arriving in time. Can I change the dates of my elective?

No, it is not possible to change the dates of your elective once they have been arranged. We strongly encourage you to apply for your visa as early as possible to avoid this.

If you have already paid for your placement, you will be able to apply for a refund. Please see our refund policy.

I can’t undertake my elective placement anymore. Can my friend come in my place?

No. Anyone wishing to join the Sheffield Electives Programme must have applied through the University and submitted the relevant documentation.

If you have already paid the administration fee, please see our refund policy.

My elective is due to start next week. Can my friend come with me?

No, your agreed placement can only be undertaken by you at the agreed time. Friends will not be permitted to undertake electives with you if they have not applied. In addition, the CAS number we issue you to obtain your visa will only apply to you.

Will the University arrange accommodation from me?

No, unfortunately, we are unable to provide accomodation but there are details of local accomodations opportunities on our website under 'Accommodation'.

Is there a dress code?

If you are accepted, further information will be sent to you about the existing hospital dress code. STHs follow the ‘bare below the elbows’ policy. Elective students should dress in a smart but comfortable fashion while on placement.

Will there be any inductions?

Yes, we do offer two inductions for our elective students, one for the University and one for the Hospital. Further information will be provided upon acceptance onto the Sheffield Electives Programme.