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Medical School Interviews

The interview process for entry to study medicine at Lancaster consists of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). The MMI tests the skills, attitudes and values of applicants and aims to select those most suited to the medical degree programme at Lancaster.

The MMI is an opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to demonstrate that you have what it takes to succeed in our medical degree programme and as a doctor. The MMI will also give you a taste of the way teaching is delivered at Lancaster and allow you to make a more informed decision about whether PBL would suit you. You will gain valuable experience from the MMI and we aim to make it as stress-free for you as possible.

Marta Markiewicz, Year 2

Despite my initial worries, following the MMI interview at LMS I left the university with a smile on my face. A large part of that had to do with the friendliness and reassurance given to us by the staff and current students, and those first few words of comfort allowed me to showcase my knowledge and suitability for medical school with confidence. The process itself was challenging, but pleasant, and a few stations were so interesting I ended up having to look deeper into the particular subject.

Jacob McSweeney, Year 2

I specifically remember speaking with an extremely approachable first year student about the course and university life in general, this helped distract my mind and find a moment of relaxation before my interview so that I began the stations with confidence. The part of MMIs which I found most comforting was that you move from station to station, meaning I was faced with a fresh start and the opportunity to make a lasting first impression multiple times.

Rachel Dibble, Year 2

My interview experience at Lancaster was as relaxed as it could have been. The staff were all friendly and really made an effort to put us at ease, and we met our interview group before going in so we had a chance to chat and eat lunch together. The food was delicious as well so that made us all feel a bit better! Even if you feel as though you’ve messed a station up, the good thing about MMIs is each station is marked completely independently so it probably won’t have a huge influence on your overall score.

Dominic Beith, Year 4

From the beginning, I felt supported by the staff throughout my interview, and this is something that has continued throughout my studies at Lancaster. My advice for the interview is to try to stay calm, as hard as that may be. If a station does not go as planned, try to move on, and focus on the next station. Take time to think about what knowledge and skills the station requires of you, and apply yourself to the best of your abilities. Above anything, enjoy the day.

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 confirm your attendance by email to ugamedicine@lancaster.ac.uk 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.
  • Please print and complete the forms pack (available for download below) and remember to bring it with you on the day. You will also be asked to bring certificates for any complete qualifications (e.g. GCSEs, IELTS etc).

On the Day

You should report to Bowland Hall (Map Ref: BLH) at the time specified on your invitation. Once you complete registration, your guests will not be able to accompany you into the interview area, so make sure that you arrange a place to meet with them when you have completed your interview.

Upon arrival, we will register you and check the forms and certificates that we have asked you to bring. These can be downloaded below and must be provided on the day.

Before the interview begins, you will be able to wait in the applicant zone. This is a great opportunity to chat to a current Lancaster medical student, other applicants and calm your nerves. You will be provided with refreshments and lunch in the applicant zone, so let us know if you have any dietary requirements!

Please make sure to print, complete and bring all forms on your interview date. There is a checklist in the pack that you can use to make sure you have everything you need.

About the MMI

The MMI will consist of two parts:

The first part involves 20 minutes of group work and your participation will be scored by two independent observers. This station gives you the opportunity to try problem-based learning (PBL) and is designed to assess your suitability for our PBL curriculum.

The second part will consist of 12-15 different stations where you will be given a different task or questions to answer. You will have exactly 5 minutes at each station and then you will be asked to move to the next station (with the exception of one station, which will be 10 minutes in length). This is the same format as the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) which is used in most medical degree programmes to assess medical students’ clinical and communication skills.

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, patients and public representatives. At the end, an overall score is calculated by adding up all the individual scores and 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 an ethical dilemma, make notes and consider your opinion. You will then have a further 5 minutes in the next station to discuss your thoughts with an examiner. There is no right or wrong answer; this station will assess your ability to identify the issues and articulate your opinion.

Example 2: Read a PBL scenario and identify the most important points and be able to justify why you thought they were important. You will have 10 minutes to read and analyse the case and a further 5 minutes at the next station to discuss your choices.

Example 3: Explore your understanding of your chosen career, through discussion of your personal statement, and work and voluntary experience, including what you learned about your own suitability to be a doctor from these experiences.

Example 4: 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.

MMI Video

As you know, we use an MMI. In collaboration with Victoria, Year 1 Medical Student, we have produced a short video to help you to visualise how an MMI might function. Don't worry if you still aren't sure - there will be a briefing on the day of your MMI and staff on the circuit to make sure everything runs smoothly. 

Click here to view the video.

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.

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. 

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. Should the issue not be resolved, a formal written complaint should be sent to the University’s Complaints Co-ordinator.