Student Selected Component (SSC) and summer vacation projects, funding and information for visiting medical students.

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)

The Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) programme is the first step in training to become a surgeon.

Considering a career in surgery?

What makes a good surgeon, and how to begin preparing now.

Women in surgery

It is a myth that women and trainees with young families are unlikely to succeed in surgery.


It is advisable to do a Student Selected Component Four (SSC4) project or Summer Vacation Project related to surgery.


Eligible students may apply for several funds that finance vacation study.

Visiting students

Students from all over the world come to Edinburgh to take elective attachments. Please contact our Medical Electives team on the below information.

Medical Electives Office