Medicine interviews for Lancaster University usually start in December and run until March. This is the confirmed date range for 2023 entry.
To shortlist candidates for interview, all applications are checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic and aptitude test requirements (eg. minimum of AAB predicted A-Level grades).
Those who pass this initial academic screening are ranked based on their BMAT scores. The individual scores from each of the three BMAT sections are added up to give a total BMAT score. The quality of English (A to E) score is not included.
The highest-scoring candidates are then selected for an interview.
The BMAT cut-off score for 2022 entry was a total score of 11.2. However, students meeting certain widening participating criteria were offered interviews with a lower BMAT cut-off.
For 2021 entry into the A100 course, there were 970 applications for 158 places. Of those, 541 interview were held and 273 offers were made post-interview.
Lancaster usually sends out interview invitations at least two weeks before the interview date. Alongside the interview invite, a ‘Forms Pack’ will be sent, which must be completed before the interview date.
Lancaster University uses the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format for its Medicine interviews.
There are three mini MMI circuits. The first circuit has 6 stations which are each 5 minutes long, the second circuit has stations with 5 minutes of reading time and 5 minutes of answering time. The third and final circuit is a group discussion task with 3 minutes of reading time and 15 minutes of discussion time.
As exceptions, for 2021 and 2022 entry, MMIs were adapted and held online via Microsoft Teams. For 2023 entry, the interviews will be most likely held in person.
International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview.
At Lancaster University, the following topics are typically covered in Medicine interview questions:
Sample interview questions might include:
Preparation is key – practise role play
Lancaster Medical School is looking for people who can demonstrate excellent communication skills. Set yourself some time to practise and get someone like a friend or teacher to ask you questions in a formal setting. No matter how well you think you can answer a question, knowing what you want to say is only half the picture.
Practice will help you improve the structure of your answers and highlight gaps in your knowledge (e.g. NHS hot topics, ethical scenarios, etc). Familiarising yourself with terms such as confidentiality, autonomy and capacity will give you more confidence on the day.
During the MMI, expect a station where the interview will be an observer
Each year is different, but you can usually expect a station where you’ll need to demonstrate your skills with the interviewer acting as an observer. This may be a role play, where you interact with an actor, or a task that needs to be completed in a limited time frame.
Whatever the case, do not dive straight into it. Give yourself a short amount of time to think about how to best approach the situation.
Use breaks wisely
The interview process can be tiring. If there is a break station, just relax. No matter how tempting it may be, do not try to overhear other people during your break station. Listening to other people will only stress you out more, and will give you a false impression of what to expect in the next station. Most importantly, use the time to recuperate and rest your mind.
Aside from demonstrating your ability to think on the spot, the MMI tests your ability to bounce back after a disappointing station. Messing up one station is not the end of the world, so don’t let it knock your confidence. Remember that the next interviewer will have no idea how you performed in the previous station.
The group activity is about demonstrating teamwork, not regurgitating knowledge
The interviewers are looking for people who will suit a PBL course. This is about interacting well with people in a group and showing your teamwork skills. If someone in your group is over-dominating and doesn’t give you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge, don’t panic as this will reflect badly on them, not you.
Pointing out that someone is trying to speak and giving them the chance to do so, or referring back to points made by other candidates, will score you far more points than regurgitating everything you know about a topic like NICE guidelines.
Offer decisions will be based on performance at interview. Before making offers, the references mentioned on the ‘Work and Voluntary Experience Form’ may be contacted to cross-verify information in the Personal Statement.
Lancaster anticipates that offers can only be made after mid-February 2023, as no offers are made until all interviews are finished. Offers will generally continue to be given out until the end of March.
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