Lancaster Medicine Interview Questions

Note: This interview Q&A is based on pre-Covid in person interviews (from 2019 and before). All university interviews changed in 2020-2021 to an online format due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This article has been updated in November 2021 with further updated information, and we will regularly update it!

Lancaster University Medical School interviewed 450 candidates in 2019/2020, and gave out 298 offers. This means that 1 in 1.5 people who took the Lancaster Medicine interview received an offer!

For more general information about the Lancaster University Medical School, have a look at this: Lancaster University Medical School

The Lancaster Medical School Interview normally has a 12-15 station MMI, and most stations last for 5 minutes. Lancaster has not stated whether interviews will be online or in-person but for 2020/2021 entry, interviews were conducted remotely. In this guide we provide an expert insight into past Lancaster MMI stations, the Lancaster University Medicine interview day and tips for converting your Lancaster University Medical School interview into an offer! 

LANCASTER MEDICAL SCHOOL: In the 2019 National Student Survey, Lancaster Medical School came top in the North West of England for students overall satisfaction with their medicine degree. The overall size of the Medical School remains small, allowing Lancaster to offer you a student-focused learning environment, within a highly supportive community. Lancaster Medical School is also ranked Number 1 in the UK for research quality and intensity in Medicine, allowing students to benefit from the academic excellence of the university.
LANCASTER MEDICAL SCHOOL: In the 2019 National Student Survey, Lancaster Medical School came top in the North West of England for students overall satisfaction with their medicine degree. The overall size of the Medical School remains small, allowing Lancaster to offer you a student-focused learning environment, within a highly supportive community. Lancaster Medical School is also ranked Number 1 in the UK for research quality and intensity in Medicine, allowing students to benefit from the academic excellence of the university.

Lancaster Medicine Interview in a Nutshell

What is the Lancaster Medicine Interview style?

Lancaster MMI in-person interviews involve 12-15 stations with most stations being 5 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.

For 2020/21 entry, Lancaster used remote MMI interviews conducted using Microsoft Teams, involving three circuits. Circuit A consists of completing tasks or questions, Circuit B involves discussing provided information with an interviewer and Circuit C is a group discussion for 15 minutes. 

What are the Lancaster MMI Dates?

January and February. Lancaster haven’t yet released their exact dates for 2021/22 entry but state that they aim to give applicants 2 weeks notice prior to their offered MMI date.

What are the common topics covered at the Lancaster Medical School interview?

  • Suitability for course teaching style
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • NHS knowledge
  • Realistic understanding of the career
  • Work experience reflection

How many people were interviewed in 2019/20 at Lancaster?

In 2019/20, Lancaster Medical School interviewed 450 students.

How many interviewed applicants received an offer from Lancaster?

In 2019/20, 298 of the 450 students interviewed received a Lancaster Medicine Offer. This means 1 in 1.5 students received a Lancaster Offer after the interview. 

Make sure you read the official Lancaster University Medical School overview to understand what you would be getting into: Lancaster Official Page

At Medic Mind we’ve helped many students secure offers from Lancaster and other medical schools. If you’re applying to Lancaster, we can do a high quality 1-1 mock with you with a Lancaster tutor and realistic stations uniquely for Lancaster. 

List of Recent Lancaster Medicine Interview Stations

ThemeLancaster Example Questions
Motivation for MedicineWhy Medicine?
Work ExperienceReflection on work experience 
Did anything put you off Medicine?
Communication & Role-PlaySpeaking to actors acting as patients, public, etc.
Need to show the ability to keep a conversation flowing
Personality & SkillsData interpretation, e.g. graphs, charts
Ability to describe images
Good qualities
What you need to improve on
Problem solving skills may be tested
NHS Hot TopicsKnowledge on current topics, e.g. IVF
Problems in the NHS
Medical EthicsScenarios in which you need to prioritise something over another thing and give reasoning
Current ethical issues included so some background knowledge is needed
OtherSkills/qualities needed to be a doctor

If you wish to practice Lancaster University MMI mocks, here are some sample questions:

  • Why do you think you will make a good doctor?
  • Which skills do you want to improve whilst at Medical School?
  • When did you see a good display of teamwork during your work experience?
  • Describe what is in this photo to this person.
  • Listen to this person speak about their health condition and learn more about it.
  • How would you choose if someone should receive IVF treatment?
  • Discuss one major issue within the NHS and suggest how it could be made better.
  • Your friend needs help with an essay due tomorrow but your boss has asked you to come in to cover someone who is sick.
  • Which option would you choose and why?
  • Discuss your views on the concept of ‘designer babies’

Insider Guide: Lancaster Medicine Interview Day

How did the Lancaster Medical School Interview day work?

A timetable and links to your interview will be sent to you a week before your MMI. You’re advised to join the link a few minutes before your session is due to begin. Once admitted into the meeting, there will be a brief sound check and room inspection to check no one else is present in your room.

How do I move between stations for the Lancaster University Medicine Interview?

At the end of each interview you should hang up the call, then click the link for the next call where you’ll wait in the waiting room until you’re invited into the meeting by the next interviewer?

What were the Lancaster University Medicine interview examiners like?

They were all friendly and supportive, both in the PBL simulation and MMIs. They had encouraging body language and made me feel at ease which helped me perform well in the interview. The examiners didn’t really cut me off but there was always a 1 minute warning beep.

Did the Lancaster University MMI interviewers ask a lot of follow up questions?

The examiners had a set list of questions in most of the booths but in some stations, the conversation flowed more freely, especially in role play stations.

What were the Lancaster University Medicine interview examiners like?

They were all friendly and supportive, both in the PBL simulation and MMIs. They had encouraging body language and made me feel at ease which helped me perform well in the interview. The examiners didn’t really cut me off but there was always a 1 minute warning beep.

Did the Lancaster University MMI interviewers ask a lot of follow up questions?

The examiners had a set list of questions in most of the booths but in some stations, the conversation flowed more freely, especially in role play stations.

What device should I use for the Lancaster University MMI interview?

As the interviewer will complete a remote room inspection, which will involve you showing your whole room, it’s advised to use a laptop or plug-in webcam so you can lift your device to show everywhere.

How long did it take you to hear back after your Lancaster Medical School interview?

10 to 12 weeks, but this varies between candidates.

COLLEGIAL SYSTEM: The campus comprises 9 colleges, each of which has its own spirit, traditions, bars, cafes, sport teams and student houses. This is beneficial for students, as having your own chosen college in the first year will help you easily adapt to the new environment and make friends and socialise quickly.
COLLEGIAL SYSTEM: The campus comprises 9 colleges, each of which has its own spirit, traditions, bars, cafes, sport teams and student houses. This is beneficial for students, as having your own chosen college in the first year will help you easily adapt to the new environment and make friends and socialise quickly.

Top Tips for Lancaster Medicine Interview  

1. Go to an interview preparation day if you can.
There is nothing quite like getting real simulated experience of the MMI and it made me much more comfortable on the day. If this isn’t possible, practise with your family and friends as much as you can.

2. Do some research on current topics and ethical issues and think about your own opinions and views on them, so that you aren’t totally put on the spot in your interview.
Check out the following links for advice on how to answer ethics and NHS questions: Medical Ethics & NHS Hot Topics

3. Practice introducing yourself and shaking the hand of anyone who is going to simulate an interview with you before they start questioning you, to turn this into a habit for the real day.

4. Focus on maintaining good eye contact and body language throughout your interview. This will give off a good impression to the examiners and it could ease your nerves too!

5. Think about what you might want to ask any current medical students on the day if they’re around to answer your questions – these guys are the experts of what you’re signing yourself up for!

Covid – 2021 Changes for the Lancaster Medicine Interview

Is the Lancaster University Medical School Interview different this year?

The interviews were held remotely on Microsoft Teams in 2020 due to the current coronavirus situation. Lancaster has not yet released information regarding if they will be remote again this year.

For some guidance on taking online Medicine interviews, have a look at this useful document from the Medical Schools Council

Where can I find more information about the changes?

Full details of the changes for 2021 entry interviews can be found here: 2021 Entry Interviews

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