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.


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 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.

A Levels

Minimum grades AAB (At least two science subjects to include Chemistry and a third academic subject).


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.

Scottish Higher


Scottish Advanced



Admissions Tests for UCLAN Medical School








Course Information

Graduate Entry

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.

Foundation Year / Gateway 

UCLAN Medicine Foundation Year

UCLAN offers a foundation year to give the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be successful and automatically progress onto the 5 year MBBS Medicine Course.
UCLAN Medicine Foundation programme requirements:

BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (foundation entry) at UCLan (70% overall and IELTS 7.0 in each component)

Cambridge Education Group (CEG) ONCampus Medicine Foundation Programme (70% overall with at least 65% in all individual subjects and IELTS 7.0 in each component or UCLan equivalent English language test)


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 and/or caring work/work shadowing or volunteering
4. Work/life balance
5. Initiative/enterprise
6. Teamworking and communication


UCLAN Medicine Interview Questions


- Multiple Mini Interviews
- Length: 7 minutes with 2 minutes to read the activity beforehand
- Number of stations: 8


- UK applicants: End of March
- International Applicants: December to June


The stations are all worth the same amount of marks and your overall total will be calculated and compared to that of other applicants. All stations are worth an equal amount so if you perform poorly in one station don’t be put off. You can recover by a much better performance in another station.

The MMI is difficult to prepare for – but look at the skills and attributes of a doctor from websites such as the General Medical Council and journals such as student British Medical Journal. Keep up to date with current news in medicine and review the types of dilemmas that health professionals have to consider.


Contact Details

Contact details for UCLAN Medical School Admissions
- Address: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
- Email: thei@uclan.ac.uk
- Number: 01772896333

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