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Student elective opportunities at Cochrane UK

Posted on 21st March 2018 by


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

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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  • Manueli Kavika

    Bula vinaka Emma. Wondering if the Elective Program is still ongoing.

    2nd September 2022 at 5:11 am
    Reply to Manueli
    • Emma Carter

      Dear Manueli. Thank you for your interest in student electives at Cochrane UK. Unfortunately we are not running electives currently at Cochrane UK, but there are opportunities available via the Cochrane International Mobility Scheme. You can find details of this scheme here: https://training.cochrane.org/cochrane-international-mobility. Many thanks and best wishes. Emma.

      2nd September 2022 at 9:32 am
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  • Catalina

    Hello! I am really interested in this program. Will you have it in 2019? Do you already have dates?

    4th August 2018 at 3:12 pm
    Reply to Catalina
    • Emma Carter

      Hi Catalina – the intention is to run the electives again in 2019. We have not set the dates yet, but will look to do that shortly. Keep an eye out for that information!

      6th August 2018 at 9:51 am
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  • Kimmie

    Hi Emma, I’m a PhD student in Manchester. Are we eligible to apply? Also, is the internship based in Oxford? Thank you so much

    1st August 2018 at 10:39 am
    Reply to Kimmie
    • Emma Carter

      Hi Kimmie. The elective is based in Oxford and yes, you are certainly eligible to apply as a PhD student. Please do let me know if you have any more questions – I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Emma.

      3rd August 2018 at 12:03 pm
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  • Diana Osorio


    I´m currently studying a Master in Health Economics and I will like to know which are the electives available in october.


    28th July 2018 at 3:02 pm
    Reply to Diana
    • Emma Carter

      Hi Diana, thank you for your message. The elective in October 2018 will include a variety of tasks for both Cochrane UK and Students 4 Best Evidence. Do you have specific objectives you were looking to achieve from an elective? This may help me guide you on whether we may be able to meet those if you were successful in gaining a placement. If you could send me an email at: emma.carter@cochrane.nhs.uk that would be helpful. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Emma.

      30th July 2018 at 9:55 am
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  • Peter Gumbo

    I am interested. MPH distance education from Zimbabwe

    25th July 2018 at 7:56 pm
    Reply to Peter
    • Emma Carter

      Hi Peter, thank you for your interest in the student elective. For these particular electives, we are asking people to attend in person due to the experience you would gain, particularly in the group work situations. If you would like to receive more details about how you can get involved with Cochrane UK and Students 4 Best Evidence from a distance, please do let me know and I will email these to you. Best wishes, Emma.

      26th July 2018 at 3:03 pm
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  • Karen Gibbs

    What a fantastic opportunity!

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

    11th May 2018 at 5:12 pm
    Reply to Karen
    • 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).

      15th May 2018 at 10:21 am
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  • 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?

    2nd April 2018 at 6:39 pm
    Reply to Md
    • 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.

      3rd April 2018 at 8:33 am
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