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Medical School applicants

As a medical student you will study for a university degree that (in the absence of Fitness to Practice concerns) automatically allows you to register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and work as a Foundation Year doctor. During your student years, your training will take place in a medical environment. It is therefore essential that you can fulfil the requirements based on Achieving good medical practice: guidance for medical students (GMC, 2016).

This year’s agreement will be online, and you will be sent a link to complete this at registration.

Download the example student agreement here

Remote MMIs: Applicant briefing

The multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) are a key part of our admissions and selection process. This year, they will be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams. In this video, Director of Admissions for MBChB Medicine and Surgery, Dr Nicola Phillips, will take you through what to expect on the day, and the information you will receive from the admissions team before the day.

Before Your Interview

Before Your Interview:

There are a few things that you can start doing before your interview to make sure that you are prepared on the day and have everything that you need.

  • If you would like to attend your interview, please complete our RSVP form as soon as possible to ensure that we are able to confirm your specific schedule with you. Please be aware that if you do not confirm your attendance, your interview slot may be offered to another applicant. If you are unable to attend the currently allocated time and would like to reschedule, you should also complete the RSVP form and we will do our best to re-arrange your interview date.
  • Make sure that you have read the information below about Microsoft Teams. In advance of your interview, please make sure that you have downloaded the software and are able to use it. We will send some additional guidance on how to use it before the interviews, so please let us know if you have any specific queries that you think we should address as part of that information.
  • In advance of your interview, you should complete our Work Experience Survey. This form allows you to provide details of work and voluntary experiences described in your personal statement.
  • All applicants should complete the Supplementary Information Form. This is used to provide us with additional contextual information about your application and to determine who may be eligible for a contextually lowered offer. For each criteria selected, you will receive an automatic email with further information regarding the evidence we require.

On the Day

The 2023-24 MMIs will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. This can be downloaded for free and works best on a laptop or desktop PC. You should participate in a quiet space where you can be alone and not disturbed for the duration of the interview. Once the interview has started, any other devices (e.g. a phone or tablet) present with you in the room should be switched off and kept out of reach. You should make sure that you have a pen and paper with you so that you are able to make any notes that you need.

Lancaster Medical School uses the multiple mini interviews (MMI) format for our interviews and have adapted our MMI stations to suit remote interviewing.

The MMI will be run in two parts,

  • In part one, you will listen to an applicant briefing, before completing an assessed group work task and two short question and answer tasks in preparation for two assessed stations in the second part of the interview. In addition, there will be an opportunity to speak to a current student about our medicine programmes. This part of the interview should take just over an hour.
  • In the second part of the interview, you will complete the MMI circuit comprised of eight assessed stations and one form checking station. Each station is five minutes long with two minutes in between. We expect this circuit to take just over one hour to complete, however, any technical difficulties might delay this.

At each station, your performance will be assessed against a set of clearly defined criteria, allowing the interviewer to assign you a score for that station. Interviewers are drawn from a pool of trained individuals and will include academic staff, clinicians, students, and patient and public representatives. At the end, an overall score for each applicant is calculated by adding up all their individual scores. Offers will be made to those who score highest overall in the MMI.

Examples of MMI stations

Example 1: Discuss an ethical scenario. You will have 5 minutes to read a short paragraph that outlines a current issue in medical ethics, make notes and consider your opinion. You will then have a further 5 minutes in the next station to discuss your thoughts with an interviewer. There is no right or wrong answer; this station will assess your ability to identify the issues and articulate your opinion.

Example 2: Explore your understanding of your chosen career, through discussion of your work and voluntary experience, including what you learned about your own suitability to be a doctor from these experiences.

Example 3: Talk to one of our patient and public representative group. You are not expected to take a medical history; we just want you to find out a bit about them. This will involve asking questions and responding to what the person says. We will be observing how you interact with the person and how you respond to their answers.

Preparing for Remote Interviews

Unlike in-person interviews, you will have full control over the layout of the room for online interviews because you will be in your own space – and this should help you to feel more comfortable and confident. However, this also means that you need to make sure that the area is appropriate and that you set yourself up somewhere that you’re less likely to be interrupted or experience WiFi issues. When preparing a location for your online interview, you should take into consideration the following:

  • You will require a strong and stable internet connection. If you have any concerns about your home connection, we would recommend asking whether you could complete your interview from school, college or university.
  • You will need a device that has a camera and a microphone. This might be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, but please be aware that MS Teams functions best on desktop or laptop computers. If you do not have a suitable device, you could ask your school or college if you could borrow one.
  • You will need a quiet and uninterrupted space. You must be alone in the room when you do the interview. The interviewer might ask you to move your camera around the room so that they can see you are alone.
  • You should limit distractions. Make sure that others that may share your space are aware that you will be interviewing, have doors and windows closed and turn off email or messenger notifications.

Using Microsoft Teams

If you are on a PC or Mac, you can join either in the app or in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. We recommend downloading the desktop app, as this works better than using the browser version. The app is available for download here.

One week before your interview date, you will be provided with a schedule and links to your individual interview space and the group discussion space. Once the circuit begins, you will remain in the same Teams meeting and the interviewers will move between applicants. At least five minutes before your interview session is due to begin, locate the link to join the meeting, click the link and you’ll join the meeting space. You may spend a few minutes in the lobby before being admitted to the meeting. When the interviewer admits you to the meeting space, they will do a quick sound check with you to ensure that you can both hear each other clearly. They will also ask you to rotate your device to ensure that you are alone in the room and do not have any other devices with you. At the end of each interview, the interviewer will leave the meeting. You should remain in the meeting until the next interviewer joins you and starts the next station.

  • You should use your real name (rather than a screen name) when signing into the interview to avoid any confusion.
  • When joining, you must ensure that your microphone and camera are both turned on.
  • You should ensure that your camera is portable enough for you to lift and rotate it during the initial checks. This could mean using a laptop or a plug-in webcam.

If you have any concerns about using Microsoft Teams for your interview, please let us know by emailing and we will be sure to include further information before your interview. You will have a chance to test the functionality of Microsoft Teams during the 5 minute checking session before your interview date. The Applicant Briefing will include further information about how the interview process will run and you will also have a chance to ask any further questions at the pre-interview Q&A session. Details of the checking session, applicant briefing and pre-interview Q&A will be included in your interview schedule.

Prior to your interview, we would also invite you to make sure that you have read and understand our privacy notice. This provides information about how we will collect, store and use your personal data.

View Privacy Notice Here

What happens next?

After the MMI, we may seek to verify the claims made in your personal statement by contacting those named on your work & voluntary experience form. To ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible, please make sure that your references are aware that we may be in contact.

We interview until late-February and no offers are made until all the interviews are finished. The outcome of your application will be communicated via UCAS Track and this usually happens toward the end of March/early April.

Applicants have the right to complain if they believe that the admissions process has not met the appropriate standard or if they believe that a procedural irregularity has affected the outcome of their application. Complaints should be sent in the first instance to the Lancaster University Head of Admissions, Sue Davies by emailing