Medicine at UCLAN Medical School & Interview Questions 2023
Overview of UCLAN Medical School
A limited number of places will be available for UK students. UCLAN School of Medicine and Dentistry will only accept UK applications from applicants resident in the North West of England or from students who are currently taking the UCLan BSc Medical Sciences Foundation Entry programme both at UCLan. The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) undergraduate medical degree for self-funded and sponsored international (non-EU) students as well as a small number of UK students, is an innovative approach to medical education, with a state-of-the-art curriculum, co-designed with local patients and National Health Service (NHS) leaders. UCLAN has a number of societies, with a great medical and dental society as well as hiking and trekking clubs.
Course Structure of UCLAN Medical School
During phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) of the MBBS, UCLan provide a strong foundation of scientific knowledge. In both years you will have community placements and will have a secondary care placement during Year 2. In Years 3 and 4 students will no longer be based in Preston but at one of our partner NHS Trusts in either East Lancashire or West Cumbria, where you will also spend one day per week at one of our regional campus sites for additional teaching. Between Years 4 and 5, you may have the opportunity to add a further period of study and undertake a master’s degree in research to enhance your CV and career opportunities.
UCLAN University of Lancaster Medicine Entry Requirements
University of Central Lancashire Medicine Entry Requirements
If you are a UK applicant and do not have GCSE English Language grade B at point of application UCLan will offer an in-house English test in order for you to meet the requirements prior to interview.
UK applicants must live in the North West of England, eligible counties include; Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
UK care leavers who are applying for 2023 entry must have lived in the North West for at least 5 years and moved out of the area no more than two years prior to enrolment
UCAS 2022 entry: AAB at A2 at least two science subjects including Chemistry
Higher level 36 points overall (to include Chemistry, an additional science subject and one other subject at Higher Level [HL]) and 3 at Standard level, at a minimum of 5 points each.
Admissions Tests for UCLAN Medical School
The UCAT will be used for the first time at UCLAN for 2023/2024 entry [NEW]
As this has not been used before for selection, there is no UCAT Cut Off Score for the UCAT at UCLAN Medical School.
The minimum acceptable GAMSAT score is 50, including a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences).
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2:1 or above or equivalent or, a recognised degree in a health care profession at 2:1or above or equivalent with at least one year’s professional work experience. (A masters qualification or higher degree does not compensate for these degree requirements).
After Year 4, high performing students may be offered the opportunity to take an additional year and gain a master’s degree. This will be prior to completing their medical degree and could be in medical research or in a number of related subjects.
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International Student Tuition Fee
The international student fee per year is £48000
Work Experience for UCLAN Medicine
The UCLan admissions team thinks that it is beneficial for applicants to undertake hands-on work experience in a caring role, so that you are aware of what a career caring for people may involve. Work experience and/or volunteering can take many forms; from mentoring young children, helping elderly members of the community with shopping, through to helping in a hospice, or working with disadvantaged groups.
Personal Statement for UCLAN Medicine
Instead of telling UCLan what you think you're good at; give us examples of things you've done that demonstrate what you're good at.
Your personal statement should cover the following:
1. Your reasons for applying to study MBBS
2. Understanding of the role of a doctor
3. Your health-related or caring work experience (including work shadowing or volunteering)
4. Work-life balance
5. Initiative and enterprise
6. Teamwork and communication
7. Quality of written application
8. Exceptional circumstances
International students need to fill in a Transferrable Skills Document.
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UCLAN Medicine Interview Questions 2023
- UCLAN use a Multiple Mini Interview format (MMI) for their medicine interview
- 8 stations, each being 5 minutes long with 2 minutes to read the activity beforehand
- UK applicants: December - March
- International Applicants: December to June
How are students selected after the interview?
- Offers will be based on performance at the interview alone.
- Candidates must pass at least 6 out of the 8 MMI stations.
- These candidates will then be ranked, with the highest-scoring candidates being offered a place to study. No other factors will be considered.
UCLan anticipates that decisions will be made around 2-3 weeks after the interview date.
🎓 UCLAN Medicine Interview Questions & Topics for 2023 entry
Assessment at Interview
At the University of Central Lancashire Medicine Interview, topics will include amongst others communication skills, ethics and professionalism, logic and reasoning and team working. These tasks will not require any knowledge or skills that are outside of the scope of a candidate who has met the selection panel criteria, but rather are designed to evaluate the wider abilities expected of MBBS students.
❓ UCLAN Medical Interview Past Questions 2023 for 2024 entry & Likely Topics
Please find below a list of suggested questions that could come up at your interview this year, created by our team to help guide your preparation.
Motivation to study medicine
Why UCLAN? Why have you applied here?
What did you learn from your work experience?
Your best friend has lost her pet dog and she is heartbroken - have a conversation with her.
What makes you suited to Medicine?
Have you ever doubted whether you want to do medicine?
What qualities of a doctor did you see from your work experience?
What do you know about the UCLAN Medicine course? How is it taught?
Why do you think you will be well suited to this course?
Why medicine and not dentistry or nursing?
Tell us about your volunteering
What are your hobbies?
What do you understand about what a career in medicine entails? How will the UCLAN course help you towards this?
What are the negatives of a career in medicine? How did you overcome these thoughts?
Why should patients trust you?
What are your best qualities?
When have you displayed great teamwork skills?
What are good qualities of a junior doctor?
Have you ever been in charge of a group of people?
How do you manage stress?
What are the qualities of a good doctor?
Can you provide us with an example of a time when you demonstrated resilience?
Give us an example of a time when you demonstrated teamwork.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How would your friends describe you?
Tell us about an article that you have recently read.
Are you a good teacher?
Are you good at taking on advice?
NHS & Local Area
What changes would you make to the NHS if you could?
What is it like to be a doctor?
How do you deal with overpopulation?
What do you know about the local area here in UCLAN?
Why is it important to be aware of cultural differences when treating patients?
What are the main challenges that face the NHS?
Would you approve a new drug that costs £100000 per patient to use?
How has COVID changed the way the NHS operates?
What do you think are going to be the long-term consequences of COVID on the NHS?
How does the healthcare system differ here compared to other areas in the UK?
Understanding of the four ethical principles
Understanding of the GMC’s good medical practice
What is the debate surrounding euthanasia, should it be legalised?
Who would you give this organ to? [Prioritisation]
A medical student friend is openly talking about patients on a bus that is packed - using their names, what would you do?
How might you persuade someone to take a medicine that they dont want to take?
If you notice that a colleague has turned up to work drunk, what would you do?
Who can you escalate concerns to within a hospital?
Your friends have already completed their St Georges Medical School Interview and are talking about it in the playground - what do you do?
Should doctors be paid to go to pharmaceutical conferences?
Discuss the pros and cons of assisted dying. What is the difference between assisted dying and assisted suicide? Reflect on your performance in the group in front of everyone.
What would you include in a leaflet about heart disease/COVID-19? What are the expected outcomes? What are the benefits of doing so?
You are the head of the department and are low on a budget. What would you do to provide quality patient care?
Discuss the pros and cons of a sugar tax. Each person must summarise their position at the end.
Antibiotic resistance. What would happen if they were banned tomorrow?
Advantages and disadvantages of free Wi-Fi in schools for 15-16 year olds
Where do you see medicine going in the next 20 years?
Understanding of communication techniques needed for different people
Data interpretation: here is a graph on sugar and diabetes - answer questions on the correlation, confidence intervals etc. What is it showing? Why does it show this?
🗣️ UCLAN Medicine Interview Tips for 2024 entry
Ethical Scenarios - UCLAN have ethical scenarios every year at interview. They provided several tips on answering ethical questions. They have mentioned that there is not a single right answer, use evidence or explanation to back up your answers, explain your thought processes, don’t assume prior knowledge on the interviewers’ part – not all interviewers will be medics, and show awareness and recognition of different viewpoints, don’t ‘sit on the fence’ – have an opinion and take a common sense approach
Practice Role Plays: Role plays are unique to medicine interviews and so common at UCLAN. The only way to ace these stations is to practice! There are so many different medicine role-play scenarios that can come up, such as breaking bad news in the medicine interview, it is paramount that you read about tips for answering role-play scenarios. You might want to also consider practising this with a medicine interview tutor, or booking a 1-1 online mock interview.
Learn Medical Ethics & NHS Hot Topics - it is extremely likely that you will be asked about medical ethics at a medicine interview at UCLAN, so there is no excuse not to brush up on your knowledge on these topics, especially the four pillars of medical ethics. Learn how to provide a balanced argument on this. Check out some of our free articles on NHS Hot Topics here. It is good if you have an opinion on them, as long as you present a balanced and well-reasoned argument, ultimately, which side you choose does not matter, but is helpful to have. Check out our bank of 420+ medicine interview questions.
Have examples ready to use: many of the questions asked at UCLAN are example-based, ie, they require you to draw on certain examples from your personal life, medical work experience and medical volunteering to help make key points that the selectors are looking for. As such, it is paramount that you spend time learning about these examples and thinking about different scenarios that you can use at the interview. It is helpful if these scenarios are malleable and can be applied to a number of different questions e.g. being a football captain, deputy head girl or playing in the school orchestra.
Know what to expect - Remember interviews can be conducted by a range of professionals and you may not only be interviewed by a doctor. You may encounter careers professional, actors, professional support staff, and teaching staff, particularly in MMIs. Avoid using very technical terms, you may have more clinical knowledge than those assessing you.
Personal Attributes - UCLAN is very likely to ask you about personal attributes during their MMI interview. As such it is paramount that you go through and learn these.
Know the doctor training pathway: this is useful to mention in answers to show awareness about the career in medicine - and demonstrates that you have a considered approach, fortunately, we have a guide to the NHS and the doctor’s training pathway in 2023 here.
Read the MMI instructions carefully - you get enough time to read the instructions provided before the MMI station. Make sure that you don’t miss anything from this. Try and plan how you will structure your answer thereafter in the reading time that you get. Therefore it is really important that you practice MMI questions and ensure that you think about your structure for as many questions as possible before your interview.
MMI Stations - remember that each MMI station at UCLAN is independent of the other. Therefore it is paramount that you try to treat them as such, if you have a bad station, try to forget about it and reset for the next station, this gives you the best chance of scoring well overall. Read our ultimate guide to preparing for medicine MMIs here.
Know the UCLAN Course - we would always recommend doing this for every university that you plan to apply to. It is paramount that you know about the different topics covered each year. How does this differ from other universities? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at UCLAN - this can be an advantage!
Know the local area - UCLAN is in a diverse region of England in Lancashire, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the midlands from the rest of the UK. Ensure that you research both communicable and non-communicable diseases in the area. They have a number of services here including UCLAN university medical centre to support students. How might this impact healthcare provision in the area?
Reflect Well - the UCLAN Medicine selectors love reflection, make sure that you are good at not just stating what you have learnt, but also how this helped and what you benefitted from, and what you will carry forward about this at medical school and in clinical medicine. This is especially true when reflecting on your medical work experience during the medicine interview.
Don’t over-rehearse - this is a common theme amongst interview students and is very obvious to a trained examiner. As such, we would recommend focusing on the structure of your answer, and then naturally letting it flow when speaking to the answers, concentrating on the delivery of your interview answers. Read about our top tips for medicine interviews here. If you are struggling with this, consider booking sessions with an expert medicine interview tutor.
Learn about the non-academic societies at UCLAN - this is really important and might augment your Why Medicine question as well as help you formulate an answer to how you will contribute to life at UCLAN University. Spend time on their website, or looking at their Instagram for ideas about societies that you could think about joining.
Learn the NHS Core Values - This can be drawn into different answers about personal qualities or qualities of a doctor, which has formed a feature of stations in the past, and a good understanding of these core values will help you stand out against others. It is important to know about the NHS in general for your medical interviews - read our article here on this.
Good Medical Practice - UCLAN also puts emphasis on knowing the values and qualities of a good doctor, which can be found in this document and are likely to come up at the interview in the MMI stations. This is universal to many universities, and something that we always recommend students cover during their medicine interview preparation.
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