Lancaster University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Medicine and Surgery

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Course summary

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We are proud to remain one of the UKs 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 2019 National Student Survey, Lancaster Medical School came top in the North West of England for students overall satisfaction with their medicine degree. 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 Schools 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 onward, 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.

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Application deadlines

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15 October

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Application codes

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Course codeA100
Institution code L14
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level Any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology are required at A2 level. Three subjects taken at one sitting, after 2 years of study, plus a 4th subject at AS-level or EPQ. Minimum grades required: AAB (b) Three subjects taken at one sitting, no 4th AS or EPQ. Grades required: AAA (depending on individual circumstances) Information: GCSEs in nine separate subject areas, to include the following subjects: Core and Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), English Language, and Mathematics; all at least grade B/6 attained by the end of year 11 and scoring 15 points or more from the nine GCSEs (where 7+ or A*/A equals 2 points; B or 6 equals 1 point). Any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology are required at A2 level. Only one of Maths or Further Maths will be considered at A and AS level. General Studies and Critical Thinking only considered as 4th subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Specified Access to Medicine courses acceptable. For further information, please see
Scottish Higher At least AAAAB plus AA in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher Level. For further information, please see
Scottish Advanced Higher At least AAAAB plus AA in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher Level. For further information, please see
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points to include any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology plus one other subject at Higher level (required grades: at least 6,6,6 plus three further subjects at standard level (required grades: at least 5,5,5) For further information, please see

All applicants are expected to have studied English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics as part of their secondary education (please see GCSE requirements). If you are applying from outside the UK or if English is not your first language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English through one of the following recognised English Language qualifications: IELTS (a minimum score of 7.0 with no component less than 7.0) or Pearson PTE Academic qualification (at least 70 overall and at least 70 in each communicative skill sub-test). This is in addition to the academic entry requirements. We do not accept other English Language proficiency qualifications. Applicants must demonstrate their English language proficiency before application. Applicants who do not include details of their English language proficiency qualification on their UCAS application will not be considered. English language qualifications must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.

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Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


All interviews must be attended in person at Lancaster Medical School.


All offers of a place on this programme are subject to health and DBS checks. These typically take place after an offer is made.

Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Medicine and Surgery at Lancaster University - UCAS