Medicine and Surgery MBChB - 2020 Entry


Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

A Level Requirements
AAA-AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Full time 5 Year(s)

Course Overview

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.

Lancaster University is consistently ranked in the top ten in national league tables - 6th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, joint 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2020, and 7th in the Complete University Guide 2020.

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. In the 2018 National Student Survey, Lancaster Medical School came top in the North West for students’ overall satisfaction with their medicine degree.

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 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. 

Entry Requirements

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.

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB plus B in 4th AS subject and must include Biology and Chemistry. Or AAA if no 4th AS or EPQ taken.

International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with at least 16 points from 3 Higher Level subjects, which must include Biology and Chemistry

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) a 2i degree in Biomedical/Health Sciences plus normally a minimum of BBB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry. (ii) a 2i degree in any other subject plus normally AAB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry. In addition, all graduate applicants must meet the GSCE requirements (see below)

Essential subjects

Subjects Biology and Chemistry are required at A-level for entry

GCSE: Minimum score of 15 points from 9 subjects (A or A* or 7-9 = 2 points; B or 6 = 1 point). The 9 subjects must include Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English (grade B/6 or above)

Further information

General Studies Accepted as 4th subject at AS level only

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

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 website

Contact Please see the Lancaster Medical School web pages for further information about admissions

Course Structure

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 one, 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 two to five.

In year two, 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.

Year three 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 four, you will complete two 15-week blocks, each including patient contact, clinical teaching, problem-based learning and other teaching activities, such as lectures or tutorials.

In year five, you will undertake five clinical attachments, two of which are Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice. Each attachment consists 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.



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.

Fees and Funding


We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.


For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

An initial Criminal Record Bureau 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 and any travel to and from Furness General Hospital and Lancaster at weekends. Students are also expected to purchase a stethoscope at a cost of £59, a scientific calculator at a cost of £6 and smart clothes for their clinical placements.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

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.

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