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University of Central Lancashire

Embarking on a journey toward a career in medicine is a significant step, and for aspiring doctors residing in the North West of England, the University of Lancashire's MBBS programme offers a compelling pathway. With its emphasis on a spiral-based curriculum intertwining medical sciences, clinical skills, and effective communication, UCLan stands as a beacon for those eager to pursue excellence in the medical field.

Central to gaining entry into this esteemed programme is a rigorous selection process designed to identify candidates who exhibit both academic prowess and the essential non-academic attributes crucial for success in medicine. In this article, we delve into the intricacies of UCLan's admission process, shedding light on its various components and providing invaluable insights for prospective applicants.

From the structure of the multiple-mini interview (MMI) format, where candidates undergo a series of succinct yet illuminating interactions across eight stations, to the critical evaluation of work experience and transferable skills, every facet of the application is meticulously crafted to discern the most promising candidates.

The Process
UK applicants who are resident in the following regions of the North West of England are eligible to apply to our MBBS programme: Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. University of Lancashire’s Medicine programme is a spiral-based curriculum which emphasises medical sciences, clinical skills and communication. Your application will be assessed against both academic and non-academic set criteria.

The Interview

  • Type (MMIs)
  • Length: 7 minutes with 2 minutes to read the activity beforehand
  • Number of stations: 8


  • UK applicants: End of March
  • International Applicants: December to June

The stations are all worth the same amount of marks and your overall total will be calculated and compared to that of other applicants. All stations are worth an equal amount so if you perform poorly in one station don’t be put off. You can recover by a much better performance in another station.

Work Experience
Applicants are asked to submit a transferable skills statement, which allows them to reflect on: work experience /shadowing/ voluntary work or experience in a caring role, impact and value of the work undertaken, the level of responsibility taken within this experience. The statement will be the focus for one of the stations in the multiple-mini Interview.


If you are a UK applicant and do not have GCSE English Language grade B at point of application UCLan will offer an in-house English test in order for you to meet the requirements prior to interview.

A Levels


  • Applicants- 1634
  • Interview invites- 707
  • Offers given- 316
  • Chance of success post-interview- 45%

How Important is the Personal Statement?
The personal statement, academic reference and transferable skills statement are used to shortlist applicants for interview.

UCAT Scores
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