Lincoln Medical School is a new medical school founded in 2018 as a partnership between the University of Nottingham and the University of Lincoln. Lincoln is a ‘pathway’ of the University of Nottingham’s medical degree, so applicants apply to Nottingham – Lincoln pathway on UCAS. At the time of writing, Lincoln’s first cohort of medical students are yet to graduate, so the medical school will be fully accredited when the 2025 entry cohort (class of 2030) joins. 

Lincoln was founded with the specific aim of improving the recruitment and retention of doctors to Lincolnshire in the East Midlands. Their course delivers the University of Nottingham’s Medicine and Medicine with Foundation Year degree programmes, enhanced with a Lincolnshire flavour.

The courses are taught at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus and students have access to specialist teaching facilities. The brand new purpose-built Ross Lucas Medical Sciences Building was completed in March 2021 incorporating lecture theatres, laboratories, a clinical skills suite with consultation rooms, a prosection anatomy suite, and a biomedical and health sciences library.

About The Course

Lincoln’s course is the same as Nottingham’s, tailored to Lincolnshire’s unique facilities and opportunities. However, their course is currently under review and they expect some changes will come into place during the 2026/27 academic year. These changes will be confirmed in early 2025.

Lincoln’s course is split into two phases: the early years, where students can learn the skills and knowledge required to become a doctor and complete a research project leading to a BMedSci; and the later years, called the Clinical Phase, where students put their learning into practice on placements at hospitals and GP surgeries.

Structure Of The Course

Year 1

Students are taught subjects on themes based on overarching clinical problems: specifically respiratory and cardiovascular medicine, the musculoskeletal system, and cancer. There is also the opportunity to reinforce their learning through hospital and general practice visits. In the spring term, students usually have the chance to study an optional module, looking into specific topics in more depth.

Students can expect approximately 16 to 18 hours of teaching contact time with around 20 hours of independent study. They will spend around five days on placement each term.

Year 2

Students continue theme-based teaching, looking into a variety of other clinical problems. In each term students will usually be able to take an optional module which interests them most.

Students can expect approximately 16 to 18 hours of teaching contact time with around 20 hours of independent study. They will spend around five days on placement each term.

Year 3

The third year begins with a supervised research project in an area of each student’s choice and an accompanying Research Methods module to help with the project. Students are also able to take two optional advanced medical science modules which may or may not be related to the project. Upon successful completion this will lead to the award of BMedSci.

Students will spend a compulsory week in primary care developing skills to assess patients in a general practice environment and participate in a therapeutics module, that aims to develop their prescribing skills before they move into the clinical phases of the programme. 

Students then move into the final years and begin the Clinical Phase which will see them rotate through a series of placements at major teaching hospitals and within primary care facilities across the region.

Year 4-5

The final two years form the majority of the Clinical Phase. Students rotate through a series of six-week placements at major teaching hospitals and within primary care across the region. These years aim to provide the professional knowledge, skills, values, and behaviours to succeed through direct experience.

During both years students will have the option of student selected modules which can be at home or abroad and will end with a six-week placement of their choice and a medical assistantship to prepare them for the UK Foundation Programme.

During the Clinical Phase students can expect to spend between 35 to 40 hours across five days every week studying and on placements. They spend around two to three days on ward, clinic or GP placement visits per week with one day of independent study and one to two days of teaching contact time. This will include some time on call and some out of hours work.

Academic Requirements

GCSEs: Lincoln requires a minimum of 6 GCSEs at Level 7 (A) studied together over a two year period.
These 6 GCSEs at Level 7 must include Chemistry and Biology - or double science if you have not taken the individual science subjects - and may include Maths and English language.
If Maths and English language are not included in your 6 GCSEs at Level 7, you will need a minimum grade of Level 6 in both subjects.
For their selection scoring process, Lincoln scores a maximum of the highest 8 GCSEs. These must include Maths, English Language, Chemistry, and Biology, (or double science if individual science subjects not taken).

A-levels: AAA Pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately.
Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives are not accepted.

Scottish Higher: AAAAB Including English Language, Maths and the sciences. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA in Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish Advanced Higher: AA Must include Biology and Chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades AAAAB including English Language, Maths and the sciences.

International Baccalaureate: 36 points 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including Biology and Chemistry.

IELTs (International applicants only): IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

Bachelor's Degree (Graduates only): 2:1 degree in any subject

Further Entry Requirements

Work experience: All applicants are usually expected to have spoken to a doctor or doctors to ensure they are making an informed choice about a career in medicine. Applicants are normally expected to have ongoing voluntary work experience in a care related setting in their 'home' country, or to have ongoing volunteering experience helping disadvantaged groups, or paid employment in a job working with the general public. Lincoln recognises that from March 2020 it has been difficult to gain relevant experience in healthcare. They do not expect in person NHS work experience to have been completed from March 2020 onwards and applications will not be negatively affected if applicants have not gained in person NHS work experience. Work experience is not formally assessed to shortlist for interview.

Personal statement: Lincoln does not use the personal statement as part of their selection process for interview. It will be assessed alongside the UCAS School reference after interview and before offers are made.

Admissions Process

Lincoln operates a complicated scoring system. They score 8 GCSEs, including Biology and Chemistry or Double Science, Maths, English Language, and your four highest GCSEs in other subjects, for a total of 32 points. They then score the UCAT out of 120, with a score out of 12 for each subtest (VR is doubled) up to 60 and 60 points for the SJT. Band 4 SJT is rejected.

Admissions Tests:

There is no fixed UCAT threshold score when selecting for interview. UCAT makes up 79% of pre-interview selection.

Interview Type: MMI

Interview Topics: The interview will consist of six scenarios, which will include at least one role play. The interview will last up to one hour and was conducted online over MS Teams for 2024 entry.

The interview is designed to assess the personal qualities usually considered important for the practice of medicine. You’ll be expected to have:

  • good communication and listening skills,
  • an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork
  • respect for patients and the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine.

Admissions Statistics

Total number of applicants: 178
Total number of places: 80
Total number of entrants: 58
Acceptance rate: 32.58%


Home students: £9250 pa
Rest of UK: £9250 pa
International students: £52500 pa

Teaching Methods

Teaching style: Teaching in the first two years is integrated, covering themes based on overarching clinical problems and optional modules via case-based small group and lecture-based teaching. Lincoln offers prosection. Students then consolidate clinically via 5 days of placement per term in the first two years. Clinical years are placement-based and students experience 6 week placements across Lincolnshire. Teaching highlights include: 1) Students on this course can complete a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) degree in the third year. 2) Students will undertake a supervised research project in an area they find interesting without needing to study for an extra year. 3) Work with patients in a more rural and coastal setting through regular visits to GPs from as early as your first term in your first year and hospitals in your final years.

Intercalation mode: Lincoln students do not usually take a year out to study a second degree because the BMedSci is integrated into their course structure. This means that at the end of year three students graduate with a BMedSci degree.

There is an option to suspend your studies after the BMedSci to take a Masters or PhD degree before completing your BMBS. This can be studied at The University of Nottingham or at another university.

Graduate Prospects

The first cohort of Lincoln medical students will graduate later in 2024, so no graduate prospect information is yet available. All Lincoln graduates will be eligible for the Foundation Year programme and prospects should be similar to all other UK medical degrees.


Can you apply to both Nottingham and Lincoln Medical School?

Yes, and you’ll only sit one interview for both if shortlisted. After interview, you can be made an offer for both schools, only one, or neither.

However, you cannot apply to both the Foundation Year and Standard Entry courses.

How many places are there at Lincoln Medical School?


Is Lincoln good for medicine?

All medical schools are GMC accredited, so will teach medicine to a high standard – what matters is how their teaching suits you. Lincoln (as Nottingham, whose they are a pathway degree of) is not well ranked by the Guardian, who ranked them 34th in the UK to study medicine. However, the Guardian’s ranking does not take into account medicine-specific metrics, like students reporting their preparedness for practice as an FY1 doctor. No medical students have yet graduated from Nottingham so we cannot say how well it prepares its students to be doctors yet.

What are the 5 new medical schools in the UK?

Lincoln is one of 5 new medical schools set up by the UK government to meet demand for doctors, following a 2016 announcement. The other 4 are Kent and Medway, Sunderland, Anglia Ruskin, and Edge Hill.


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