How to apply for Medicine (MBBS)

Thinking about applying to study medicine at the University of Central Lancashire? We have put together some guidance to help you with your application.

This page covers everything you need to know when applying for our Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) programme, including:

  • How to apply
  • Admissions process
  • Personal statement
  • Reference 
  • Interviews

Before you apply

Think clearly about why you want to do medicine and write a list of your reasons – it would be good to get these across in your application.

Where do you want to study? Whichever university you apply to, make sure you visit it, talk to the students and have a good look around the campus and city – five years is a long time.

Things to think about

Other choices

Don’t worry about applying to other universities and being judged for any of your other choices. It doesn’t matter if you also apply for a non-medical degree, as long as you can show a strong case for applying to medicine.

Taking a gap year

If you want to take a gap year then do so. Universities encourage students with different interests who have a range of experiences they can bring to their course.

Your background

University selectors are not influenced by whether your parents are doctors, or what type of school you come from. It is you they are interested in.

Be positive

Be positive about what you have to offer and make sure you tell us everything. If you get an interview, then be confident and relax; it’s your opportunity to sell yourself and if you have any questions then don’t be shy to ask them.
Are you an international student?

How to apply

UK applications are made via UCAS.

Medical school UK applications are expected to be made by 15 October the year before entry (so if you’re applying for September 2023, you will need to submit your application by 15 October 2022).

International applications can be made via UCAS or direct via our online application form.

We accept direct applications throughout the year but advise that you apply early so that we can process your application in good time.

The table below offers a step-by-step overview of the application process: 


Initial application assessment

Your application will be assessed against both academic and non-academic set criteria.

MBBS student practicing venepuncture skills

Places for UK students on the MBBS programme

Our MBBS programme has a very limited number of places available for UK students:

Places for students from the North West of England

Students taking up one of these places will be required to pay tuition fees in line with standard undergraduate courses. Only 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.

Four places for MBBS scholarships

These places are reserved for students who have received the Mackenzie, Dr Kate Granger or Livesey Scholarships.

Visit the MBBS webpage to find out more

There are several stages to the admissions process:

Personal statement for MBBS

Your personal statement should be approached in the same way as a job application. You should use it to provide evidence that you possess the qualities required by a trainee doctor. Instead of telling us what you think you're good at; give us examples of things you've done that demonstrate what you're good at.

Your personal statement should cover the following:

Reference for MBBS 

In your reference we want to know what the writer of the reference thinks about you as a whole person, not simply about your academic achievements and potential.

Your reference is likely to be written by your head teacher, college principal, head of year or form tutor.

The areas in which we require information from your referee are listed below: 


The interview stage takes place between December and April each year. This usually consists of an 8 station Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). For those interviews taking place at our Preston Campus you will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the School facilities.

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