Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach medicine and what you'll study as a Medicine and Surgery student.
Lancaster Medical School is part of Lancaster University – a high-ranking, forward-looking university. We have been training medics since 2006, initially in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and independently since 2012.
We are proud to remain one of the UK’s smaller medical schools, even after the recent increase in the number of MBChB places available. Our size allows us to offer you a student-focused learning environment within a highly supportive community.
Being a medical student can present many challenges, both academic and personal. We have a comprehensive network of formal and informal mechanisms in place to provide support and guidance, to help you cope with the transition to university, and throughout your clinical training.
Our MBChB is delivered through problem-based learning, lectures and clinical anatomy teaching. Problem-based learning is a form of small group learning. In groups of usually 7 or 8, you will explore realistic patient-based scenarios that resemble the clinical situations you may face in the future as a doctor. Your group will identify what you need to learn in relation to the scenario, and then you will independently research the topics, drawing on resource lists, seeking information and critically appraising its worth. An experienced tutor facilitates group discussions and feedback meetings to ensure that you learn the appropriate breadth and depth of material. In later years, in some instances, you will use real patients as a stimulus for your learning in place of written scenarios, but using the same problem-based learning process. Problem-based learning is an excellent method of developing and applying your medical knowledge, preparing you for your first day as a junior doctor and beyond.
Your first clinical contact happens in year one when you will meet patients, under the supervision of a tutor, and discuss their experiences of healthcare and chronic illness. In year two, you will spend two days per week on hospital placement; you will also engage in a variety of community-related activities. Early patient contact allows you to practise your history-taking and examination skills, whilst providing a real-life context for your learning.
In years three to five, the majority of your time will be spent on clinical placements, rotating through a variety of hospital and community settings to gain experience of different specialities. Your clinical placements will be in the acute hospitals and primary care settings of north and east Lancashire, and south Cumbria.
A modern medical school, Lancaster utilises new technologies in its anatomy teaching, including an Anatomage table for virtual dissection. The School’s Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre has also invested significantly in ultrasound teaching, enabling you to learn anatomy, ultrasonography and clinical interpretation together.
During your clinical skills training, you will learn the practical procedures and examinations required for clinical practice. In year one, clinical skills training takes place in the Clinical Skills Centre at Lancaster University. In years two to five, you will learn to perform clinical skills on patients whilst on clinical placements, supervised by senior medical staff.
Doctors need to be able to communicate effectively with patients and their families in difficult times, to be their advocate and help inform their choices. In year one, you will study the evidence base around effective communication and start to develop your communication skills in a safe environment, through interaction with simulated patients (actors). From year two onwards, you will develop your communication skills further through interaction with real patients in hospitals and GP practices.
In addition to the core curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own areas of interest in more depth through Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice and coursework assignments. You can also choose to study abroad during your Elective or take a year out from the course (between years 4 and 5) to study a medicine-related topic at BSc, MSc or MPhil level.
Medicine is a challenging but rewarding career that offers an enormous variety of possible career paths, almost 100% employment after graduation and excellent remuneration. As a doctor you will face the intellectual challenge of diagnosis, apply critical analytical and reasoning skills to decide on the best treatment for your patients, provide an empathetic and understanding ear to your patients and their families (often in times of great distress), and work effectively in a team with other healthcare professionals. If you want to make a difference to patients’ lives, if you have an enquiring mind and an aptitude for science, and if you enjoy working with people, then medicine might be the career for you.
Most medical graduates work in clinical practice, either in hospitals or in the community. There are more than 60 different clinical specialities to choose from. All medical graduates that work in clinical practice must undertake specialist postgraduate training to prepare them for their chosen clinical speciality. Approximately half of all UK medical graduates work in general practice.
If you decide against a career in clinical practice, the transferable skills you will acquire will prepare you for a wide variety of possible careers in fields such as public health or medical research. Lancaster University is ranked first in the North West - and third in the UK - for graduate prospects by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Lancaster Medical School considers applications to its medical degree programme in a four stage selection process. Please see the Lancaster Medical School web pages for further information.
All applicants are required to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) to be eligible for consideration. If you are applying from outside the UK, or if English is not your first language, you must sit either IELTS or the Pearson PTE Academic qualification before application and include details of the achieved grades on your UCAS application form.
A Level AAA in three subjects taken at one sitting, after two years of study, including any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, or AAB with a B in a 4th subject or EPQ
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with at least 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects including any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology
BTEC Not accepted on its own
Access to HE Diploma Specified Access to Medicine courses acceptable
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
Graduate entry (i) 65% transcript average in Biomedical/Health Sciences plus normally a minimum of BBB at A-level including any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. (ii) 65% transcript average in any other subject plus normally AAB at A-level including any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. In addition, all graduate applicants must meet the GSCE requirements (see below)
Subjects Any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology are required at A-level for entry
GCSE: Minimum score of 13 points from 8 subjects (A or A* or 7-9 = 2 points; B or 6 = 1 point). The 8 subjects must include Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English Language (grade B/6 or above). If Biology or Chemistry is not studied at A-level, then GCSE must be at least grade A/7
General Studies Accepted as 4th subject at AS level only
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed for UK/EU applicants
Interviews No applicant will be offered a place without being interviewed in person. Lancaster Medical School uses the multiple mini interview format for their admissions interviews. More information can be found on the Lancaster Medical School web pages.
Contact Please see the Lancaster Medical School web pages for further information about admissions
Over the course of five years at Lancaster Medical School, you will accumulate the knowledge and develop the skills required for modern clinical practice. The knowledge curriculum falls into four themes: Medical Sciences; Health, Culture and Society; Population Health; and Professional Practice, Values and Ethics.
In year 1, you will be based primarily at the University. Through eleven two-week problem-based learning modules, you will be introduced to key concepts in biomedical and social science, and learn about normal structure and function of the human body. You will receive a thorough grounding in basic clinical skills (examinations, procedures and techniques) and undertake extensive communication skills training to prepare you for patient contact in years 2-5.
In year 2, you will be on campus two days a week, spend two days per week on hospital placement and engage in various community-related activities throughout the year. This may include GP placements, community clinical teaching sessions and community-related assessments.
Year 3 comprises five rotations, each of which includes patient contact, clinical teaching, problem-based learning and other teaching activities such as tutorials and lectures.
In year 4, you will complete two 16-week blocks, each including patient contact, clinical teaching, problem-based learning and other teaching activities, such as lectures or tutorials.
In year 5, you will undertake five clinical attachments, each consisting of seven weeks of intensive clinical experience. A portfolio is used to guide and assess your learning. You will take responsibility for your own learning and engage in reflective practice, to prepare you for Foundation training and life-long learning.
Full information on our MBChB course, including a more detailed year by year breakdown of what you will study, is available on Lancaster Medical School's website.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2022/23 were:
Scholarships and bursaries
At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.
Additional costs for this course
An initial Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check is paid for by the University but any subsequent checks will be paid for by the student. Any travel costs will need to be accounted for by the student, such as travel to and from GP and community placements. Students may also incur additional travel costs during clinical placement and for travel to and from placement accommodation. Students are also expected to purchase a stethoscope at a cost of around £60, a scientific calculator at a cost of around £6 and smart clothes for their clinical placements.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small college membership fee which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2022, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2023 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Study abroad courses
In addition to travel and accommodation costs, while you are studying abroad, you will need to have a passport and, depending on the country, there may be other costs such as travel documents (e.g. VISA or work permit) and any tests and vaccines that are required at the time of travel. Some countries may require proof of funds.
Placement and industry year courses
In addition to possible commuting costs during your placement, you may need to buy clothing that is suitable for your workplace and you may have accommodation costs. Depending on the employer and your job, you may have other costs such as copies of personal documents required by your employer for example.
Fees in subsequent years
Fees are set by the UK Government annually, and subsequent years' fees may be subject to increases. For international applicants starting in 2022, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year's fee.
The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.
The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.
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