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How to apply

The deadline for applications to study Medicine and Surgery (A100) for 2020 entry is 15th October 2019. Applications should be made through UCAS.

Selection process

All applicants to Lancaster Medical School are considered using a four-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.

Stage one: Academic aptitude

Applications are assessed against our entry requirements, considering prior academic achievement and predicted grades. Only those who meet our academic entry requirements or are predicted at least AAB at A Level (or equivalent in other qualifications) alongside sufficient GCSE qualifications will progress to Stage 2.

Stage two: Biomedical Admissions Test

All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) to be eligible for consideration at the Lancaster Medical School. More information about BMAT, how to register and how to prepare for the test can be found on the BMAT website.


Registration and taking the test

You must register to be able to take BMAT. Registration is separate from the UCAS application process. There are two possible dates on which to take the BMAT: Saturday 5th September and Wednesday 4th November. The registration and test-taking procedure differs between the two dates (see below and BMAT website).

Saturday 5th September:  Registration 22/06/2020 – 09/08/2020

Wednesday 4th November: Registration 01/09/2020 – 01/10/2020. Late registration deadline: 15/10/2020. Test taken in school, Sixth Form, College or other test centre. Candidates cannot register themselves; they need to register via a test centre (often their school or college).

Lancaster Medical School will accept BMAT results from both test dates but applicants are only permitted to take BMAT once per admissions cycle. If you opt to take BMAT in September 2020, you cannot then register and take BMAT for a second time in November 2020. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Lancaster Medical School:  


Preparing for BMAT

Part of the BMAT assesses your ability to apply what you have learned in GCSE Science and Mathematics (or equivalent) in a different context. If you are good at Science and Maths, you are likely to do well in the BMAT. There is information on the BMAT website about how to prepare for the test, including free specimen and past papers. There is no need to undertake any preparatory coaching courses but the following simple steps will help you prepare for the test:

  1. Make sure that you are familiar with the format of questions in each section.
  2. Review the test specification, including the assumed knowledge sections.
  3. You may need to revise the topics covered at GCSE for any Science/Maths subject not being studied at A-level.
  4. Attempt practice papers for all three sections, under timed conditions. Evidence suggests that this is the most effective way to prepare for BMAT.

In 2015, a survey revealed that BMAT candidates spent 30 hours, on average, preparing for the test.


How is BMAT used in the selection process?

Applicants will be ranked according to their BMAT score (a sum of the scores for sections 1-3) and the top-ranking applicants will progress to Stage 3.

Stage three: Multiple Mini Interviews

No applicant will be offered a place without being interviewed in person. The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will usually be held in January and February. The exact timing of the MMI days will vary from year to year but we aim to give applicants two weeks’ notice of their MMI date.

The MMI consists of 12-15 different 'stations', most of which will be five minutes long. Some stations will consist of a short interview, where you may be asked questions about your career choice, work experience or suitability for a medical career. At others, you may be asked to read a short paragraph or watch a short video clip, take some notes and then discuss at a subsequent station. An additional 20 minute station will involve group work and will assess your suitability for our problem-based learning curriculum. Applicants who are selected for interview will be sent detailed information prior to their interview. The applicant’s performance at each station is assessed by trained interviewers, against clearly defined criteria. Interviewers include members of University staff, NHS clinicians, local GPs, patients and public representatives, and medical students.

Applicants are assessed at each station and given a score for their performance at that station. The station scores are summed and applicants ranked according to their overall MMI score. Those with the highest score will be made an offer of a place to study medicine. All offers are conditional upon being deemed Fit to Practice (stage four).

Stage four: Fitness to practise

The professional body that governs medical practice in the UK, the General Medical Council (GMC), has specific requirements to protect staff and patient safety. In accordance with these requirements, all medical students must have the ability to function as a fully competent doctor and fulfil the rigorous demands of professional fitness to practise. Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the expectations of medical students to ensure that they are able to comply with these requirements before applying. 

Application timeline

22nd June 2020

Registration opens for the September sitting of the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

9th August 2020

Registration deadline for the September sitting of the BMAT.

5th September 2020

September BMAT test date (before application).

25th September 2020

Results become available from the September sitting of the BMAT.

1st September 2020

Registration opens for the November sitting of the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

1st October 2020

Registration deadline for the November sitting of the BMAT.

15th October 2020

UCAS deadline for all applications to A100 and A104. 

Late registration deadline for the November sitting of the BMAT (late entry fees apply).

15th October to end of November 2020

Stage one: Academic screening of all applicants. Only those who meet our minimum academic entry requirements will progress to Stage 2.

4th November 2020

November BMAT test date (after application).

27th November 2020

Results become available from the November sitting of the BMAT.

Stage two: Applicants ranked according to BMAT score. Top-ranking applicants progress to Stage 3 of the selection process.

January to February 2021

Stage three: Interview period. Applicants who meet our academic entry requirements (stage 1) and have a competitive BMAT score (stage 2) are called for interview.

Applicants will be asked to complete the supplementary information form when invited to interview and required to bring relevant evidence to their interview date.

March 2021

After all interviews are completed, all applicants are ranked according to their Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) score.  Offers are made to those with the highest MMI scores. 

Conditional and Unconditional offers are confirmed on UCAS track.


Unconditional Firm (UF) and Conditional Firm (CF) applicants are sent information about accommodation, finance and registration.


A Level results are published.

CF applicants who have achieved the required grades become UF.


All UF applicants are sent further information about beginning their studies at Lancaster Medical School.

Admissions statistics

Find out more about our applicant statistics and how your BMAT score is used in our selection process


  • Admissions statistics

    This data has been produced for the Admission cycles 2014-15 to 2017-18 to help you understand the competition for places on the medical degree programme, and your likelihood of being called for interview, being made an offer or becoming a student.

    Lancaster Medical School makes more offers than we have places available, to account for the fact that not all applicants will accept our offer and not all offer-holders achieve the grades required.

    Year of application2015-16*2016-172017-182018-19
    Year of entry 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
    Number of applications 546 612 633 986

    Number of applicants who were interviewed

    245 interviews

    230 Home/EU

    15 overseas

    243 interviews

    220 Home/EU

    23 overseas

    282 interviews

    268 Home/EU

    14 overseas

    525 interviews

    504 Home/EU

    21 overseas

    Number of offers

    113 offers

    109 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    123 offers

    118 Home/EU

    5 overseas

    150 offers

    144 Home/EU

    6 overseas

    286 offers

    234 Home/EU

    8 overseas

    Placed from Reserve List

    10 reserve list

    10 Home

    0 overseas

    11 reserve list

    10 Home

    1 overseas

    9 reserve list

    8 Home 

    1 overseas

    26 reserve list/clearing

    25 Home 

    1 overseas

    Number of places

    54 places

    50 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    54 places

    50 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    69 places

    65 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    129 places

    125 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    Female students (new registrations) 40 32 43 71
    Male students (new registrations) 15 21 26 58
    Graduate entry students 6 5 2 17
    Mature students (21 years or older) 8 5 4 22
    Students repeating year 1    2 4 7

    * BMAT introduced into the selection process

  • How we use the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in our selection process

    Applicants who meet the minimum academic entry requirements are ranked according to their total BMAT score. The BMAT consists of three sections:

    • Thinking Skills
    • Scientific Knowledge and Applications
    • Writing Task 

    Information about how each section is scored can be found on the BMAT website. Lancaster Medical School calculates the total BMAT score by combining the individual scores for Sections 1, 2 and 3. Section 1 is scored out of 9; Section 2 is scored out of 9; and Section 3 is scored out of 5 (for quality of content). We do not use the quality of English score (A-E).

    BMAT Scores 2019 Entry

     A100: Medicine & SurgeryA900: Foundation Year
     UK & EUOverseas



    Applicants 17.2 – 5.9 10.9 16.0 - 4.5 10.6 12.3 - 6.1 9.3
    Invited for interview* 17.2 - 8.9** 11.3 16.0 - 11.2 12.7 12.1 - 8.1 10.3
    Offers 17.2 - 8.9 11.2 15.7 - 11.2 12.6 12.2 - 9.3 10.5
    Students** 15.7 - 9.0 11.6 15.7 - 11.2 12.8 12.5*** - 9.8 10.8

    * A small number of applicants with a lower BMAT score were invited for interview: for instance, if they qualified for a guaranteed interview.

    ** For 2019 entry, we invited to interview applicants with a broader range of BMAT scores than is typical, including some applicants with total BMAT scores less than 10.5 who would not normally be called for interview. We have reviewed this approach and it is unlikely that we will repeat this practice for 2020 entry; the BMAT cut off is more likely to be in keeping with previous years (10.5 and above)

    *** Some students who had applied for A100 were placed on A900.

Widening participation

The Lancaster Medical School is committed to recruiting students from all backgrounds, to ensure that our future doctors reflect the diversity within our society. Find out more about the range of different initiatives available at Lancaster University.

Learn more

Information for applicants, their parents and advisors, which brings together a variety of different information into one comprehensive document that explains our policy with respect to admissions to Medicine and Surgery.

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