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?
The MMI will consist of three small circuits, two 5 minute stations and one 15-minute station.
During your interview, you will complete all three circuits.
What to expect on interview day?
Circuit A consists of stations where you will be given a different task or questions to answer. You will have exactly 5 minutes at each station and then you will be asked to move to the next station. You will have 5 minutes between each station.
Circuit B consists of stations where you will have 5 minutes to read and think about some information, followed by 5 minutes to discuss with an interviewer. You will have 5 minutes between each station.
Circuit C consists of a group exercise. You will have 3 minutes reading time followed by 15 minutes for group discussion.
Interview scoring system
At each station, your performance will be assessed against a set of clearly defined criteria, allowing the interviewer to assign you a score for that station. Interviewers are drawn from a pool of trained individuals and will include academic staff, clinicians, students, patients and public representatives. At the end, an overall score is calculated by adding up all the individual scores and offers will be made to those who score highest overall in the MMI.
Interviews are held until mid-February
If you would like to attend your interview, please complete the RSVP form as soon as possible. In advance of your interview, you should complete our Forms Pack. All applicants should complete the Supplementary Information Form.
Interviewers do ask follow-up questions, but you are expected to answer the initial question before they do this.
What to expect after the interview?
Interview offers are not made until all interviews are completed, with offers and rejections being handed out towards the end of March.
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.
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?
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
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.