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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. The registration and test-taking procedure is detailed below: 

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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  • Health and Disability

    Lancaster Medical School strongly endorses the view of the General Medical Council (GMC) that applicants who have a disability or medical condition should be welcomed to the medical profession and valued for their contribution. Having a health condition or disability is not, in itself, a fitness to practise concern, but applicants with a condition that might impact on their ability to practise medicine safely should provide details on their UCAS application. Disclosed disabilities or medical conditions are not taken into account during the selection process. If successful after interview, the applicant will be assessed by an Occupational Health professional to determine whether they are fit to practise or if there are reasonable adjustments that Lancaster Medical School can make to support them in their medical training.

    Any offer of a place to study medicine at Lancaster Medical School is conditional upon a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the Occupational Health Department (OHD) at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust (UHMFBT). You will be assessed initially through a health questionnaire before registration and then through follow-up appointments with the OHD. This health screening programme assesses the following: absence of infection with communicable diseases; immunisation status; functional capacity and ability to achieve the outcomes of Tomorrow’s Doctors. The standards are defined by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Department of Health (DH). Read further guidance for potential applicants

    Infection and Immunisation: All students will be tested for and/or immunised against a range of infectious diseases before any patient contact will be permitted.

  • Probity

    Doctors are expected to maintain trust in the medical profession by “being open, honest and acting with integrity” at all times (Duties of a Doctor).

    Therefore, probity is taken extremely seriously during the admissions process for our medical degree programme. Applicants are advised to ensure that their UCAS application form has been completed fully, honestly and without omissions. Lancaster Medical School reserves the right to reject any applicant who is found to have been dishonest at any stage of their application.

  • Criminal records

    Applicants should note that all medical students are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Details of any criminal convictions, reprimands, warnings, cautions or fixed penalty notices should be declared if you are invited for interview. This information is not taken into account during the selection process and is only considered after interview. If successful at interview, the circumstances of the incident will be considered by the Lancaster Medical School Fitness to Practise panel and a judgement made as to whether it impacts on your fitness to practise. Only those who are deemed fit to practice will be admitted onto the medical degree programme; applicants may be subject to further requirements to confirm their fitness to practise.

    In most instances, minor offences do not bar entry to medical training or clinical practice.

    Please note: Applicants who fail to disclose information that subsequently comes to light through their enhanced DBS check will be subject to Fitness to Practice procedures and may be excluded from the degree programme on the basis of lack of probity. Please note that spent criminal convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands that would not normally appear on your criminal record may be disclosed through an enhanced DBS check.

    This information is collected in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. For unsuccessful applicants, data related to any declared criminal convictions will be deleted and removed from our admissions system by the end of the relevant admissions period; if they apply before 15th October, any data will be deleted before the end of October in the following year (unless they apply for deferred entry, in which case the data may be retained for a further 12 months before deletion). Successful applicants, who become students, will have any declared criminal conviction information retained for the duration of their studies. This information will be securely deleted and removed from our systems within six months of the student graduating or terminating their studies.

    All information on applicant declared criminal convictions will be stored securely within University systems and will only be accessed by appropriate University staff. To learn more about how the University ensures the security of personal information please refer to the University’s Information Security Policy.

    GDPR grants individuals certain rights in relation to their own personal data. For more information on these rights and how they have been embedded at Lancaster University, please refer to the Rights of the Data Subject page on the University website.

    For more information about how the University uses student and applicant data, please visit the Student Privacy Notice on the University’s website.

  • Expectations of students

    As a medical student, you will be expected to behave in a professional manner from the very outset of your medical degree programme. Medical students are expected to strive for high standards in both their professional training and their personal lives. This section aims to provide some guidance about the professional behaviour expected of medical students. Potential applicants should ensure that they would be willing and able to agree to the expected standards of behaviour before applying to study at Lancaster Medical School.

    During your medical degree, much of your training will take place in a clinical environment and will involve extensive patient contact. Moreover, as a medical graduate, you will be entitled to preliminary registration with the General Medical Council and to work as a Foundation Year doctor.

    Therefore, medical students are expected to act in accordance with the standards of professional behaviour as outlined by the General Medical Council in Professional behaviour and fitness to practice and Duties of a Doctor.

    Lancaster University has a duty of care to ensure that no member of the public comes to any harm as a consequence of contact with Lancaster University medical students during their training. To remind students of their responsibilities and the expected standards of behaviour, at the beginning of each academic year, Lancaster Medical School requires all medical students to sign the Student Agreement 2021 ‌. Potential applicants should read these conditions of training carefully and ensure that they are willing and able to agree to them before accepting an offer from Lancaster Medical School.

    In addition to maintaining certain standards of conduct during their professional training, medical students must also ensure that their behaviour outside of the clinical environment does not negatively impact on their fitness to practise; they must not bring the profession or the medical school into disrepute through their behaviour in their professional or their personal lives.

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.

November

BMAT test date (after application).

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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  • Admissions statistics

    This data has been produced for the Admission cycles 2016-2017 to 2019-2020 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 application2016-172017-182018-192019-20
    Year of entry 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
    Number of applications 612 633 986 1148

    Number of applicants who were interviewed

    243 interviews

    220 Home/EU

    23 overseas

    282 interviews

    268 Home/EU

    14 overseas

    525 interviews

    504 Home/EU

    21 overseas

    450 interviews

    430 Home/EU

    20 overseas

    Number of offers

    123 offers

    118 Home/EU

    5 overseas

    150 offers

    144 Home/EU

    6 overseas

    286 offers

    234 Home/EU

    8 overseas

    298 offers

    292 Home/EU

    6 overseas

    Placed from Reserve List

    11 reserve list

    10 Home

    1 overseas

    9 reserve list

    8 Home

    1 overseas

    26 reserve list/clearing

    25 Home

    1 overseas

    1 reserve list

    0 Home

    1 overseas

    Number of places

    54 places

    50 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    69 places

    65 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    129 places

    125 Home/EU

    4 overseas

    150 places*

    146 Home/EU*

    4 overseas

    Female students (new registrations) 32 43 71 93
    Male students (new registrations) 21 26 58 57
    Graduate entry students 5 2 17 6
    Mature students (21 years or older) 5 4 22 6
    Students repeating year 1 2 4 7 0

    *Due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and impact on achieved A level grades, additional places were made available by the Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care for 2020 entry only.

  • 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

    Range

    AverageRangeAverageRangeAverage
    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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