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How to apply

The deadline for applications to study Medicine and Surgery (A100) for 2022 entry is 15th October 2021. 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. This year's BMAT will take place in November.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Lancaster Medical School: medicine@lancaster.ac.uk  

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. 

Fitness to practise

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Application timeline

September

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

October 

Registration deadline for the November sitting of the BMAT.

15th October 

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 

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

3rd November

BMAT test date (after application).

26th November

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 

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 

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.

June

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

August

A Level results are published.

CF applicants who have achieved the required grades become UF.

September

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

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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.

Widening participation

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.

Read our admissions policy

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