Lancaster University


Lancaster is ranked first in the UK for research intensity in medicine and also for research quality in medicine for both 2019 and 2020. As well as coming in 8th in the UK for teaching quality in medicine in 2019 The Times and The Sunday Times. 

Applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements are ranked according to their BMAT score as a way of shortlisting applicants for interview. Therefore, if you have performed well in the BMAT, you stand a good chance of gaining an invite to interview.

Key Points

  • BMAT Focus
  • Competitive
  • PBL
  • iBSc

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number
Course Information
Teaching stylePBL
Teaching style is an integration of Problem based learning along with clinical anatomy teaching and lectures for the first phase. This is followed by PBL integrated with clinical training.
Course length5 Yeears
A100 - Standard entry undergraduate MBChB - 5 years
Between years 4 and 5 of the MBChB programme, you can take an optional BSc, MSc, MRes or MPhil degree over a period of twelve months.
Courses offered1 course offered
A100 - Standard entry undergraduate degree MBChB
Graduate entryNot offered
Foundation or accessYes
Foundation year access to medicine course available. Also widening participation programme offered.
University Life
Local areaLancaster
Lancaster is a beautiful city with many famous landmarks. The city, like many, has lots to offer students with a diverse population, as well as its historic museums and buildings.
Social life
Interview styleMMI
12-15 different stations, most of which will be five minutes long. Some stations will be a short interview, while others will involve reading a short paragraph or watching a short video clip, taking some notes and discussing in a subsequent station.
Further to this there is an additional 20 minute station which will involve group work and assess your suitability for the PBL curriculum.
Interview datesJanuary and February
MMIs are usually held in January and February.
Interview topics Topics covered at interview include:
  • Suitability for the course teaching style
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Knowledge on the NHS
  • Realistic understanding of the career
  • Work experience reflections.
Admissions Tests
UCATNot used
BMATAverage score of successful applicants at interview: 11.2
Cut off score: not used
Average BMAT score:
Average BMAT scores for different stages of interview for 2019 entry (Home and EU applicants):
Applicants: 10.9
Invited to interview: 11.3
Offers: 11.2
Registered students for 2019 entry: 11.6
Average BMAT scores for different stages of interview for 2019 entry (International applicants):
Applicants: 10.6
Invited to interview: 12.7
Offers: 12.6
Registered students for 2019 entry: 12.8
Weighting: Unknown
GAMSATNot used
Academic Requirements
GSCEGCSE’s used for minimum requirements
Subjects required: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (or Core & Additional science), English Language, and Mathematics. Grades required: 9 GCSEs with at least a score of 15 points where
A*-A/7-9 = 2 points
B/6 = 1 point
With a minimum of grade B/6 in the required subjects:
All other subjects must be a minimum of grade C/4
AAA is common
Subjects required: Any two of Biology, Chemistry or Psychology.
Grades required:AAA or AAB plus EPQ
Only one of Maths or Further Maths will be considered and native language can only be considered as a 4th subject (in place of the EPQ offering).
Retake policyYes
Lancaster will consider applicants who have taken more than 2 years to achieve the required A-level grades, provided that applicants meet the GCSE criteria and non-academic entry requirements.
In the absence of mitigating circumstances, applicants must have achieved ABB in their first attempt. For those with mitigating circumstances applicants must have achieved a minimum of grade C at first attempt.
Scottish highersUnknown
Scottish advancedUnknown
IB36 points
Subjects required: two of either Biology, Chemistry or Psychology
Grades required: 36 points with at least 6 in 3 higher level subjects
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours degree with 65% average
Degree Subjects: Biomedical/Health Science
Degree Class2:1 with a 65%+ transcript average
Additional requirements: BBB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry.
For applicants applying from a different degree programme, AAB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry is the usual offering of applicants.
Applications in 19/20986
Total number of home applicants: 986
Interviews in 19/20525
Total number of applicants interviewed: 525
Home/EU applicants interviewed: 504
International applicants interviewed: 21
Offers in 19/20 286
Total number of offers: 286
Home/EU applicants with offers: 234
International applicants with offers: 8
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.4
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 1.8


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