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Lancaster University Interview Questions

About Lancaster Medical School

Lancaster Medical School is a relatively small medical school, with a close community of students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Medicine at Lancaster is taught with a holistic approach, with students given a variety of opportunities to work independently and within a wider team.

The course also incorporates the local community, with a key emphasis on health inequalities on a local and national scale.



MMI or Panel?


Interview format

What to expect on interview day?

Interview scoring system

Interview months

Prior information

Examiner review

What to expect after the interview?


Interview tips

  • Ensure you read any information given to you by the university before the interview – this will tell you where you need to go, as well as general details regarding how the interview will be carried out.

  • During the interview, articulate your thoughts out loud – the interviewers do want to give you marks, and this is a great tip if you’re unsure of what to say. In addition, try to get along with other candidates!

  • Whilst you are competing with each other, being a doctor involves working with a team, which is reflected in the group interview at Lancaster.


Example interview questions


  • Why do you want to study Medicine at Lancaster University?

  • What would you do if you did not gain any offers to study Medicine?

  • Explore your understanding of your chosen career, through discussion of your personal statement, and work and voluntary experience, including what you learned about your own suitability to be a doctor from these experiences.

Medical ethics

  • Ethical Scenarios - In a given scenario, what actions would you take, and why?

  • Discuss an ethical scenario. You will have 5 minutes to read a short paragraph that outlines an ethical dilemma, make notes and consider your opinion. You will then have a further 5 minutes in the next station to discuss your thoughts with an examiner. There is no right or wrong answer; this station will assess your ability to identify the issues and articulate your opinion.

Values and skills

  • What skills do you think a doctor would need, and why would they need this in the workplace?

Work experience

  • Give an example of something you learnt from your work experience when applying to Medicine - how does this relate to being a good doctor?

  • Tell us about your work experience and voluntary work.


  • Group Interview - A PBL style discussion with other candidates and a facilitator

Problem solving

  • Prioritisation - from a scenario, what actions (from a given set) would you choose, and in what order would you do them.

  • Data interpretation - e.g. from a graph or chart

  • May involve watching a short consultation video with note taking opportunity. From here, you discuss your findings at a subsequent station.

  • You might be given 10 minutes to read through a problem-based learning (PBL) scenario, asked to identify the ten most important points and to justify why you thought they were important. At the following station, you are then allowed a further five minutes to discuss and defend your choices.