also available in 2017
A Level Requirements
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Full time 5 Year(s)
Your Medicine and Surgery course (MBChB) will be delivered through problem-based learning, supplemented with lectures, and clinical anatomy teaching. You will be trained in clinical and communication skills and you will spend years 2-5 on clinical placements in the acute hospitals and primary care settings of Lancashire and Cumbria. You can also pursue your own areas of interest through four Special Study Modules (SSMs) that broaden your experience and develop skills that are essential for applying scientific rigour in your future medical practice. You can choose to study abroad during your Elective or take a year out from the programme (between years 4 and 5) to study a medicine-related topic at BSc, MSc or MPhil degree level. In Year 1 (Foundation of Medicine) you will learn key concepts in biomedical and social science. You’ll also choose the first of four SSMs to study. For the next three years, you’ll continue your studies learning how to diagnose and manage illness. You will develop your knowledge and skills through interaction with patients, spending time on clinical placement for over 40% of second year and throughout your third and fourth years. In your second, third and fourth years, you will continue to pursue your own areas of interest through three more SSMs. At the end of your fourth year, you’ll undertake your Elective, which includes the opportunity to study abroad. Throughout your final year you will gain intensive clinical experience in hospitals and the community to prepare you for your future career as a doctor. You’ll undertake five different rotations, two of which are Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice (SAMPs). You can choose to follow SAMPs in a wide variety of clinical specialties, giving you the opportunity to explore different potential medical careers during the course of your undergraduate degree.
Lancaster Medical School considers applications to its medical degree programme in a five stage selection process. Please see the Lancaster Medical School web pages for further information.
All applicants are required to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) to be eligible for consideration.
If you are applying from outside the UK or if English is not your first language, you must sit either IELTS or the Pearson PTE Academic qualification before application and include details of the achieved grades on your UCAS application form
A Level AAA plus B in 4th AS subject and must include Biology and Chemistry. Or AAA-A*AA if no 4th AS or EPQ taken (depending on individual circumstances).
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with at least 6 points in 3 Higher Level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry
BTEC Not accepted on its own
Access to HE Diploma Specified Access to Medicine courses acceptable
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
Graduate entry (i) a 2i degree in Biomedical/Health Sciences plus normally a minimum of BBB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry. (ii) a 2i degree in any other subject plus normally AAB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry. In addition, all graduate applicants must meet the GSCE requirements (see below)
Subjects Biology and Chemistry are required at a level for entry
GCSE: Minimum score of 15 points from 9 subjects (A or A* = 2 points; B = 1 point). The 9 subjects must include Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English (grade B or above)
General Studies Accepted as 4th subject at AS level only
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed
Interviews No applicant will be offered a place without being interviewed in person. Lancaster Medical School uses the multiple mini interview format for their admissions interviews. More information can be found on the Lancaster Medical School website
Contact Please see the Lancaster Medical School web pages for further information about admissions
The MBChB programme is a 5 year, full time, non-modular programme delivered through Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a form of small group teaching in which students learn through their own curiosity. PBL is supplemented with teaching in Clinical Anatomy, Clinical Skills, and Communication for Medical Practice.
Full details about the key features of our medical degree programme and the course structure can be found on the Lancaster Medical School website.
Most medical graduates work in clinical practice, either in hospitals or in the community. There are more than 60 different clinical specialities to choose from. All medical graduates that work in clinical practice must undertake specialist postgraduate training to prepare them for their chosen clinical speciality. Approximately half of all UK medical graduates work in general practice. For those who decide against a career in clinical practice, the transferable skills acquired during this degree prepare our graduates for a wide variety of possible careers in fields such as public health or medical research.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from
the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here:
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.
Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.
Bursaries for life, living and learning:
Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018.
An initial Criminal Record Bureau check is paid for by the University but any subsequent checks will be paid for by the student. Any travel costs will need to be accounted for by the student, such as travel to and from GP and community placements and any travel to and from Furness General Hospital and Lancaster at weekends. Students are also expected to purchase a stethoscope at a cost of £59, a scientific calculator at a cost of £6 and smart clothes for their clinical placements.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.