Student membership

The MDU supports members throughout their careers - not just in times of crisis. For students, this means access to services and resources that will help you make the most of your student years.

MDU student membership, which is available only to medical students in the UK, is free and provides access to a wide range of services and support to assist you throughout your studies, in addition to the core benefits of membership.

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Free dictionary for freshers

Students applying in their first year receive the Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary.

Help with your exams

Passing exams can be tough, so it's useful to know you have access to excellent resources, such as our online library of medico-legal articles and publications.

Book discounts

Student members can take advantage of some great discounts on textbooks and other publications, such as travel guides.

Elective support

We can provide you with a range of services, such as exclusive access to The Electives Network website to help you plan every aspect of your trip. You can also seek our advice or assistance if you encounter problems arising from your clinical practice during your elective.

Sponsorship of student events

We believe in supporting student activities in both academic and social settings. To find out more about how we could help speak to your student and foundation liaison manager or complete a sponsorship request form.

24/7 medico-legal advice

If you need help or advice with a medico-legal issue or ethical dilemma that has arisen from seeing patients during your training, you have access to our 24-hour freephone advisory helpline on 0800 716 646.


Occasionally students encounter criticism arising from their dealings with patients during the clinical aspects of the course.  If this results in a local investigation you can seek our support and guidance on how best to resolve the concerns.

Medical school fitness to practise procedures

Where a medical school believes that a more serious concern has been identified that calls into question whether an individual should continue on the course, an investigation and hearing might be conducted under the local fitness to practise procedures. Should you become aware that you are likely to be involved in this type of procedure, you can seek assistance from the MDU.

Criminal investigations or proceedings

Very occasionally a student can face a criminal investigation arising out of their involvement in the care of patients. If you become aware of a police investigation relating to the care of a patient in which you have been involved, you should contact us without delay.

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