London’s Air Ambulance offers opportunities for undergraduates to undertake an elective in Pre-hospital Care and Emergency Medicine. This elective is offered in collaboration with The Royal London Hospital’s Emergency Department, Queen Mary University London (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry) & the London Ambulance Service.

During the placement, there are a number of training and learning opportunities. The majority of time will be spent in the Emergency Department and with the London’s Air Ambulance team. Students will not be permitted shifts on the aircraft under any circumstances.

To optimise your learning experience during your elective, the minimum period for an elective is 4 weeks and maximum 8 weeks. Due to the high volume of applicants, we do not allow any holiday breaks during a placement.

Are you eligible for the elective placement? 

To check your eligibility to undertake the Pre-Hospital Care and Emergency Medicine elective, please read the Visiting Student’s Elective Programme page on The School of Medicine and Dentistry’s website , where full details (including UK immigration permission, language requirements and fees) are provided. All applicants should ensure they also read the School of Medicine and Dentistry Visiting Student’s Elective Programme Handbook for more information regarding eligibility. It is a requirement of the programme that students must be in their final year at the time of an elective

The elective programme opens for applications three times during the year: July, November and March. The time you should apply depends on when you would like to undertake your elective:  

Programme open...

...for electives beginning in

November 5th-18th 2018 

May – August 2019


Please send further questions regarding your eligibility to

Our elective placement is offered purely for observational purposes, in order to comply with occupational health and immigration requirements. As per page 5 of the Visiting Students’ Elective Programme Handbook, “Students are only permitted to take one elective period at [Barts and the London] school during their medical training, and may take a placement in one specialty only”. This means that students that have previously undertaken an elective through the school are not eligible to apply for the Pre-Hospital Care and Emergency Medicine elective programme

Ensure you have thoroughly read through the Visiting Student’s Elective Programme, concerning registration fees and payments. To determine whether or not you are required to provide a Tier 4 Student Visa please read the Queen Mary University of London Immigration page:

Please keep in mind that living costs can be expensive and, in addition to your accommodation, you should consider the cost of food and transport. Most students choose to stay in accommodation offered by the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, although there is no guarantee this accommodation will be available during the elective dates. Instructions needed to secure this accommodation will be sent to successful applicants as part of their elective offer. Some students organise their own living arrangements as London has a wide range of accommodation types. 


If you have any questions regarding the Pre-Hospital Care and Emergency Medicine student programme, please send an email to