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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 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of 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.

Try to get some experience in a care environment. This might be work shadowing in a hospital, hospice or GP surgery but could also be time assisting in a care home or other care organisation – it’s good to see what being a healthcare professional is really about. If you’ve tried applying for work experience and just cannot get any, then don’t worry; think about doing some voluntary work or some community related work.

If you have any questions before or during your application, feel free to contact us via email:

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.

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.

Please note that we assess applications on the principle that observation does not constitute experience. You should therefore avoid giving us a great deal of detail about time spent shadowing doctors.

We are interested in what you have done and what qualities you have demonstrated. Your personal statement should explain what you have learned from your work experience or how you have reflected upon your work experience rather than the detail of what you saw during your work experience.

Your personal statement should contain specifics that enable us to determine whether it was a relevant or useful experience. As space is limited it is advisable not to include anything in your personal statement that does not address these points unless it is required by another university to which you are applying.

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.

Applicants who are not currently in school or college should approach an academic supervisor whenever possible: a ‘character reference’ is not sufficient. Please ensure that whoever is writing the reference sees a copy of these guidelines.

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


Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, interviews for the 2022 cycle will be structured panel interviews conducted online via Microsoft Teams. Each interview will last approximately 30 minutes and will have two assessors present from the School.

They will ask all candidates a series of structured questions. You will need access to the internet or reliable Wi-Fi, and a laptop, tablet or smart device to take part in your interview. If you are anticipating any difficulty with this, then please contact our Admissions Team for some advice.

At the online interview, assessors will score the candidate for the following broad criteria:

  • Motivation for and understanding of a career in medicine
  • Professional attitudes and values (flexibility, integrity, ethics, empathy, honesty and conscientiousness)
  • Problem solving and reasoning ability