Financing Your Studies

MBBS (Bachelor Medicine Bachelor Surgery) Scholarships

Dr Kate Granger Scholarship - Cumbria (1 available) Still open for 2017

Mackenzie Scholarship – East Lancashire (1 available) Closed for 2017, apply now for 2018

The University of Central Lancashire, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust are offering 2 scholarships for the MBBS (Bachelor Medicine Bachelor Surgery) commencing Sept 2017 for UK students from the region.

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees for the duration of the 5 year programme and clinical placement costs in the respective Trusts; plus a bursary for subsistence which will be equal to the maximum amount of subsistence allowance that the Student would be entitled to if they were to borrow from the Student Loans Company. The latter will be means tested as part of the UCLan’s MBBS UK Scholarship application process.

The scholarship offered jointly by UCLan and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is known as the Mackenzie Scholarship and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, is known as the Dr Kate Granger Scholarship. Scholarship students will be taught alongside the MBBS cohort throughout the 5 year programme, commencing at the Preston campus

Through these scholarships, the University and Trusts aim:

  • To support local, disadvantaged students in their application to medicine.
  • To support those whose circumstances mean they are unlikely to study medicine despite being academically capable.
  • To attract local doctors to NHS employment in the region.


All applicants must

  • Be resident and attend a school in one of the following areas: Copeland, Allerdale or the wider Cumbria region, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Accrington, Burnley, Pendle, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale
  • Have met or are expected to meet the MBBS entry requirements as outlined on our website

We particularly welcome applications from

  • Members of disadvantaged groups, which include
    • Care leavers
    • Estranged students
    • Young adult carers
  • Low income families
  • First generation higher education participants

Application Process

All scholarship applicants should apply through UCAS via the standard UCAS application process.
UCAS regulations mean it is necessary to use one of your ‘UCAS Choices’ for the MBBS at UCLan.
Please note, the scholarship scheme is highly competitive and you should consider your UCAS choices carefully particularly if you are applying mainly for medicine. Your school/college should be able to give advice on how to make a UCAS application.

If you are not in education you must still apply via UCAS. Please contact us at and request a place on our scholarship workshop in Preston where you will be given advice on how to apply and what to expect at interview.

The scholarship workshop is open to all applicants.

As part of the awarding of each scholarship applicants will be asked to submit a 300 word statement detailing their suitability against the widening participation criteria.

There are several stages to the admissions process:

Submission of application

  • Submit your application to UCAS. If you are applying to other UK Medical Schools the deadline date is 15th October. If this is not the case you can apply to UCAS to the general deadline date of 15th January. The Dr Kate Granger scholarship is still open for applications for 2017.
  • Assessment of the initial application is against both academic and non-academic set criteria, so please make sure your application form is as comprehensive as possible (see entry requirements)
  • A personal reflective statement is required as part of your application. The personal statement is a key element of the admissions process and guidance from the admissions team on how to write this in line with our set criteria is detailed in the Guidance for Personal Statement on our website
  • Scholarship applicants should include in their personal statement their status in relation to the scholarship criteria relating to disadvantaged groups, low income or first generation in higher education.
  • Additionally, you will be required to complete a transferable skills statement . Your Transferable Skills Statement (TSS) must be sent directly to UCLan at ensuring you include your UCAS application reference.
  • You should also ensure that you provide all supporting information for your application including copies of academic qualifications (where available), a minimum of one reference which must include an academic reference and a letter confirming any work experience, job shadowing or volunteering you have undertaken. You will need to send these to: clearly stating your UCAS ID number in the email.

Scholarships Panel

  • The Panel will check that your address postcode and your school is within one of the above stated eligible areas.
  • The Panel will review your UCAS application and personal statement against the scholarship criteria relating to disadvantaged groups, low income or first generation in higher education.
  • We may need to contact you for additional personal information such as household income.
  • The Selection Panel will give priority to those applications which meet the scholarship criteria as outlined above.

Selection Panel

  • All applications are first read by our Admissions Team to ensure that you meet the minimum academic requirements and eligibility criteria as stated above. If you meet these requirements, your application will be passed to our Selection Panel. If you do not meet these your application will be rejected at this initial stage.
  • The Selection Panel makes a decision on those applicants who will be invited for interview based on; Personal Statement, Reference and Transferable Skills Statement.
  • The Selection Panel will pay particular attention to your personal statement and to the academic reference from your school/college or last place of study. Please do not send in extra information or portfolios of work unless we contact you directly to request it. In the interests of fairness to all candidates, we will only assess what is included in your UCAS application form.
  • If you produce a strong personal statement, using the guidance on the website, you are more likely to be invited to interview.
  • You should ensure that the person who will complete your reference is given a copy of the criteria by which it will be scored. Both you and your referee should address each aspect outlined above. Referees should be aware that we expect to see more than a record of academic achievement. References indicating your strengths in the areas listed above are much more valuable than simple “school report” style references.


  • Applicants who are successful in being invited for interview will be asked to participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) on 2 March 2017 in Preston or a later date to be confirmed. More information on MMIs is available on our website
  • All applicants invited to interview must provide a satisfactory enhanced DBS check
  • Once all interviews are completed applicants are ranked according to performance.
  • Applicants who have passed at least 6 out of 8 MMI stations will be ranked according to score
  • The award of the scholarships will be made to the student from each area who have achieved the highest ranking in the MMIs
  • All applicants successful at interview will need to undergo occupational health screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) as part of the enrolment process. Any student who fails the health screening will not be prevented from studying the MBBS but will limit the manner in which they can study and their ability to practise as a doctor. Further details are available on the Medical Schools Council website.

The decision of the University is final and not open to appeal.

Application and Interview Workshop

All scholarship applicants are invited to an application and interview workshop at the UCLan Preston campus where they will receive further advice and have an opportunity to meet staff and see our facilities.

There is a further opportunity to visit our campus on a University Open Day, but please note, there will not be the opportunity to discuss the UK scholarships on these Open Days.

Important notes:

Recipients of the Mackenzie and Dr Kate Granger Scholarships will not be eligible to apply for tuition fee or student maintenance support loans from the Student Loans Company.

Any applications which do not meet the stated criteria will be rejected.

If it transpires that any information provided on the form is falsified this will result in removal from the process.

The decision of the Panel is final and there is no appeals process.

We can only take enquiries from the applicant themselves and not from a parent, guardian, carer or friend.
This support will be provided to the Student on an annual basis for the duration of the Scholarship Period.

Contact Us

All scholarship enquiries should be directed to and we will endeavour to respond to you within 2 working days.