International Applicants

Lancaster Medical School welcomes applications from international students with an excellent academic track record who also fulfil our non-academic entry requirements. We have four places available for international students in addition to the 50 places available for UK and EU applicants.

Application process

International applicants should apply through UCAS.

Selection process

All applicants to Lancaster Medical School are considered by a five stage selection process.

In addition to demonstrating an excellent academic track record (see below), you must have engaged in some relevant work experience and undertaken voluntary work, preferably in a caring environment. You must write about these experiences in your personal statement and reflect on what you learned about being a doctor and about yourself from these experiences.

Academic entry requirements

Not all international qualifications are considered adequate preparation for our medical degree programme.

Find details of the qualifications that are accepted and the minimum grades required for direct entry to A100.

Please note: All applicants must have studied both Biology and Chemistry in their final academic qualification. Applicants are also expected to have studied English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics as part of their secondary education.

English language requirements

You must study English, as part of your secondary education, and achieve the equivalent of GCSE English, grade B or above. For those offering IGCSE, please note only English as a First Language is acceptable.

If you are applying from outside the UK or if English is not your first language, in addition, you must demonstrate proficiency in English through either IELTS or the Pearson PTE Academic qualification. More details can be found on our guidelines. We do not accept any other English language proficiency qualifications.


No offers are made without interview, and therefore all applicants must be prepared to travel to Lancaster University for interview, with no guarantee of being successful.

Interviews are generally held in January and February. Lancaster Medical School will endeavour to give international applicants at least 6 weeks' notice of interview dates, if they are called for interview.

Fees and living costs

For students starting their studies in 2017-18

The fee for international students starting at Lancaster Medical School in September 2017 will be £29,170 per annum.

For students starting their studies in 2018-19

The fee for international students starting at Lancaster Medical School in September 2018 will be £30,340 per annum. Tuition fees are revised annually and we will endeavour to give you at least 12 months' notice of any increases in tuition fees. Further information about living costs.


In 2017, a Department of Health consultation considered the fee structure for international students, and proposed that international students should pay for the full costs of their medical training, including the costs of clinical placements. Following the consultation, it has been decided that these changes will not be implemented until 2019-20, at the earliest (see government response). If implemented, this change in policy will result in overseas tuition fees increasing by approximately £22,000 per annum (total tuition fees in the region of £52,000-£55,000 per annum) in 2019-20.

For Islands applicants, the fee structure can be found on our central pages.