Medicine at University of Lancaster Medical School
Overview of Lancaster Medical School
Lancaster University Medicine is one of the newer medical schools in the country, admitting only 129 students per year. Last year, there were over 1200 applicants. The medical school has been training medics since 2006, initially in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and independently since 2012.
Lancaster University is consistently ranked in the top ten in national league tables – 6th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, joint 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2020, and 7th in the Complete University Guide 2020.
As one of the UK’s smaller medical schools, Lancaster Medicine's size allows them to offer a student-focused learning environment within a highly supportive community.
Lancaster University Medical School Course Structure
Year 1: You will experience early patient contact in primary care when you visit several local GP practices.
Year 2: You will be on campus Monday and Friday, and spend two days per week on hospital placement. You will also engage in community-related activities, including several days in GP placements , community clinical teaching (CCT) sessions with GP tutors and two community-related assessments.
Year 3 comprises five rotations, each of which includes patient contact, clinical teaching, PBL and other teaching activities such as tutorials and lectures
Year 4: You will spend a minimum of three days a week in a hospital setting, in two 15-week blocks, and will complete a Primary Care placement.
Year 5: You will undertake five clinical attachments, two of which are Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice (SAMPs)
University of Central Lancashire Medical School Entry Requirements
In nine subjects attained by the end of Year 11 At least a score of 15 points from the nine where A*-A or 7-9 = 2 points; B or 6 = 1 point,
Lancaster Medicine Entry Requirements require a minimum of a grade B or 6 in the following required subjects: - Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or Core & Additional Science) - English Language3 and - Mathematics All other subjects must be at least grade C or 4.
Three subjects taken at one sitting, including any two of Biology, Chemistry or Psychology plus a 4th subject or EPQ4 : Grade requirements: AAB (b) Only one of Maths or Further Maths will be considered and native languages can only be considered as a 4th subject.
36 points overall
To include: At Higher Level (HL): any two of Biology, Chemistry or Psychology and one other subject; all at a minimum of 6 points. At Standard Level (SL): three subjects, all at a minimum of 5 points. We will consider applications from applicants who have taken longer than 2 years to achieve the required grades in the International Baccalaureate.
At least five subjects taken at one sitting, after one year of study including Biology (A), Chemistry (A), plus at least three other subjects. Minimum grades required: AAAAB
Lancaster Medical School Admission Tests
All applicants must complete the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in either August (before application) or October (after application) of the year that they apply.
Yes, between Years 4 and 5 of the MBChB programme, you will have the option to take a year out from your studies to complete an intercalated degree. Intercalation provides you with an opportunity to study a subject related to medicine at greater depth or engage in academic research for a year.
Foundation Year / Gateway
Yes, Lancaster University Medicine Foundation Year / Gateway Year MBChB
In your gateway year, you will study a range of modules designed to prepare you for studying medicine and surgery.
- A Level ABB
- Required Subjects A level Biology and Chemistry
- GCSE: requirements will vary depending on individual circumstance but all applicants must have achieved grade B (or grade 6) in Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English Language.
- BMAT: Required
- Interview: Required
University of Lancashire Medical School Work Experience
Your work experience does not have to be shadowing a doctor but can be any experience (unpaid work, paid work or volunteering) within a healthcare setting that gives you an insight into what it would be like to ‘be a doctor’ today. It is important that you reflect on these experiences to decide whether you have the skills, values and attitudes to work in healthcare.
Lancaster Medical School Personal Statement
You should demonstrate what you have done to establish that medicine is the right career path for you. For example, you should outline any relevant work and voluntary experiences and describe what you have learned about being a doctor, and about your own suitability, from these experiences. You do not need to have shadowed a doctor; voluntary or caring roles, especially in a healthcare setting, are just as valuable. Voluntary and caring roles can also be useful to demonstrate your commitment to improving the lives of others. You should describe the skills you have developed through engaging in these roles and explain their relevance to a career in Medicine.
Lancaster Medical Interview
- Multiple Mini Interviews
- Number of stations: 12-15
- Length of each station: 5 minutes
January & February
Lancaster Medical School Interview Questions / Topics:
- Teamwork and leadership
- Understanding of the career
- Work experience reflection
- NHS knowledge
- Course teaching style suitability
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