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Student elective opportunities at Cochrane UK

Posted on March 21, 2018 by Emma Carter


When can I come for an elective?

Student electives at Cochrane UK are a little different this year compared to previous years.

In 2018, Cochrane UK, along with Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE), will be offering two 4-week placements:

1. Monday 4th June to Friday 29th June

2. Monday 1st October to Friday 26th October

We have moved to this programme of set dates rather than accepting students on a continuous basis following student feedback.  We are also welcoming four students at any one time. This new system is designed to ensure students have the most enjoyable and productive experience at Cochrane UK.

The electives are for undergraduate and postgraduate students, from any discipline, who are interested in evidence-based healthcare. During the placement, students will have an opportunity to learn more about the work of Cochrane UK, its relationship with Cochrane globally, and to work on projects related to Students 4 Best Evidence.

What will I be doing?

These 2 blogs from John Cafferkey and Georgia Richards give a great insight into their electives at Cochrane UK:

Why should you do an elective at Cochrane UK?

My exciting 4 weeks at Cochrane UK

John went on to have a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and Georgia started a DPhil in October 2017 at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.  Read more about what Georgia is up to here.

Four to six weeks ahead of your elective, you will agree on a project with Dr Emma Plugge (Senior Fellow in Public Health). You will then have numerous opportunities to be involved in the work of Cochrane UK and S4BE, including (but not limited to): Blogging (with guidance and tips provided!); producing content which explain evidence-based concepts or recent Cochrane reviews; translation work; working on Cochrane Crowd and Task Exchange; running the S4BE social media pages and a Wikipedia editing project. As you will be part of a group of students, each of you will bring different skills and experience to the projects, providing a great opportunity for learning from each other.

We can provide more detail to you on a Skype call once you have submitted your CV and cover letter.

How do I apply?

There are a few places left, so if you are interested in attending an elective on either date, please send your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you would like to come, and what you hope to gain in your four weeks to:  general@cochrane.nhs.uk 

Please note, all applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to get your applications in early. Students will be notified within 2 weeks of submitting their application.

For June electives, the deadline is Friday 20th April 2018.

For October electives, the deadline is Friday August 17th 2018.


Emma Carter

Emma Carter

I work at Cochrane UK as the Information and Administration Support Officer. As part of my role I facilitate the Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) website. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more or if you would like to get involved with S4BE. View more posts from Emma

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4 Comments on Student elective opportunities at Cochrane UK

  • Md Salman Hussain

    This internship is of utmost interest to me but I am afraid of the cost associated with this 4-week placement at Cochrane UK.
    I havetwo query:
    First, is this 4-week placement is open to the student all around the world?
    Will this 4-week placement at Cochrane UK cover the lodging and travel expenses?

    April 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm
    Reply to Md
    • Emma Carter
      Emma Carter

      Dear Salman – the electives are open to students all around the world, but you do need to be able to self-fund any expenses including accommodation and travel. Some students have been able to apply for funding from their Universities or educational establishments, which can assist in the associated costs. Best wishes, Emma.

      April 3, 2018 at 8:33 am
      Reply to Emma
  • Karen Gibbs

    What a fantastic opportunity!

    Is there any chance this program will be available in 2019?

    May 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm
    Reply to Karen
    • Emma Carter
      Emma Carter

      Hi Karen. The intention is that Cochrane UK will continue to run the electives in this format going forwards (it used to be on an ad hoc basis).

      May 15, 2018 at 10:21 am
      Reply to Emma

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