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

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

For international students commencing their studies in 2018-19, the fee structure is currently uncertain. At the moment, international students cover their tuition fee costs but the UK Government bears the cost of their clinical placements. A recent consultation from the Department of Health has suggested that international students should cover the entire costs of their medical training in the UK ( ).  This would result in their tuition fees increasing by approximately £22,000 per annum (total tuition fees in the region of £52,000-£55,000 per annum). Lancaster Medical School will confirm the tuition fees for international students commencing their studies in 2018-19 as soon as possible but must await the outcome of the Department of Health consultation.

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