The application process

If your application is successful, you will gain the status of a student at the University of Sheffield and gain full access to University facilities.

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Use the link below to apply.

Apply for a placement

Current students

You should not apply through this mechanism if you are a current MBChB student at the University of Sheffield. 

Instead, you should contact the Electives Coordinator, James Teasdale (


This is a rolling programme with no specific deadlines, but we still require time to process your application. We recommend you apply at least four months in advance of your preferred placement date.

Elective attachments

If you have been accepted to do an elective attachment by a Sheffield Teaching Hospitals member of staff, you should state this in your application and include the supervisor's name and email. You will also need to include a confirmation email or letter from that supervisor.

Submitting your application

As part of your application, you will choose three departments within the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STH) or Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Once this initial processing is complete, your application will be shared with the relevant hospital staff who will, if possible, allocate you to a department of your choice by contacting the relevant supervisor(s). If your first choice department is not available, they will try to allocate you to your second or third choice.

Once a clinical supervisor is identified and your application is deemed satisfactory, an offer will be made to you. You then have 15 working days to accept or decline this offer through University Admissions.

Confirmation of your offer

Providing you meet all of the conditions of your offer, we will then send you a letter of final confirmation detailing appointments for your first day of placement.

This will include

  • inductions with the Medical School and the relevant NHS Foundation Trust
  • an occupational health appointment (if applicable)
  • registration with the University
  • meeting your Clinical Supervisor


We offer two inductions for our elective students, one for the University and one for the Hospital.

Further information will be provided when you receive confirmation of your offer.

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.