Clerkships Overview

UNSW Medicine offers Clinical Clerkships (electives) via our clinical teaching hospitals to non-UNSW medical students. The Clerkship placement provides students the opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills in their selected discipline. Successful applicants will attend clinics, ward rounds and with permission, record the history and perform physical examinations of patients in the wards. If the clerkship placement is during a medicine teaching period, lectures and tutorials in the clinical school may also be available.

Clerkships are offered for a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 8 weeks duration only (with the exception of Trauma at Liverpool Hospital, which prefers students to stay between 6 - 10 weeks in length). Applications for Clerkships must be made directly through the Clerkship Co-ordinator, Medicine Education & Student Office (MESO) and not to individual hospitals.

UNSW Medicine can only offer one specialisation/discipline placement per student and cannot split a placement between different specialisations, disciplines, units or hospitals. In order of preference, applicants will select their top three speciality/discipline preferences from the list of their chosen hospital. If the applicant's top three (3) specialisation/discipline choices are not available, the Clerkship Co-ordinator will consult with the applicant.

Applications for medical clerkships are subject to the availability of clinical resources and an offer can be withdrawn at any time.

To be eligible for a Clerkship the applicant will:

  • be in their final year of a medical degree, with at least 2 years of clinical experience at the time of their participation in the Clerkship
  • be proficient in both written and spoken English. Students applying from non-English speaking medical schools must provide evidence of English language proficiency 
  • apply at least 6 months in advance (but no more than 12 months in advance) of their requested Clerkship dates

Clerkships are not available to:

  • anyone seeking additional clinical experience outside of the elective requirements of an applicant’s university medical program
  • Doctors who have already completed a medical degree (UNSW does not participate in internship/residency placements)


  • Students from Australian or New Zealand Medical Schools are required to pay a non-refundable AUD$110 application/administration fee
  • Students from overseas Medical Schools are required to pay a non-refundable AUD$440 application/administration fee
  • Students from German Medical Schools are required to pay a non-refundable AUD$440 application/administration fee. Because clinical clerkships form a substantial component of German Medical School degrees, German medical students are required to pay an additional clerkship fee of AUD$440 per week
  • An agreement between UNSW Medicine and National University of Singapore allows for up to 10 clinical placements per calendar year. Students applying from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore will not be charged an application fee but must adhere to the rules of clerkship application.
  • An Agreement with Seoul National University allows for potential placement of students. SNU College of Medicine students will not be charged an application fee but must adhere to the rules of clerkship application.

Conditions of Accepting a Clerkship Placement Offer

  • In accepting a clerkship, the student will be required to abide by the guidelines of the University, the Hospital and the appointed supervisor
  • The student must comply with the Immunisation and Criminal Record Check policies as required by NSW Health
  • It is a legal requirement that all medical students who undertake clerkships in the state of New South Wales must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Information given on the Clerkship Application Form will be forwarded to the Agency for registration. No other action is required by the student
  • Visiting medical students are responsible for obtaining any travel and health insurance as deemed appropriate.


Further Information for Applicants and their Medical Schools