Dentistry interviews occur during the selection process for Dental School, and candidates are usually interviewed via MMIs or traditional/panel interviews. Find out the difference between these two types of interview and what you can expect from each university.

Dentistry Interviews Explained

Once you’ve applied to Dental Schools through UCAS, the Schools who are interested in you as a candidate will send you an interview offer. This interview is your opportunity to showcase your personal attributes and skills that are relevant to becoming a Dentist, and also to demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying Dentistry at the university in question.

When Are Dentistry Interview Offers Sent?

The interview season for Dentistry can start as early as November and runs to March.

When Will I Know The Outcome?

Some Dental Schools will let you know if you’ve been successful within a couple of weeks of your interview, while others will wait until late March when they have interviewed all candidates.

Types of Dentistry Interview

There are two main types of interview for Dentistry:

The key difference is that MMIs require you to work your way through a series of short stations, with a variety of questions and tasks to complete. In a traditional/panel interview, you will have a longer conversation with a panel of interviewers.

Due to Covid restrictions, many Dental Schools have been conducting online interviews. You’ll find more information about what each Dental School is planning for their interviews this year on the university’s website and/or in your invitation to interview.

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School-by-School Interview Details

We’ve reviewed each Dental School to bring you the latest information about their interview process. Where these details are available online, we’ve included how Schools are interviewing for 2022 entry, when interviews are likely to be held, and criteria that the School will be evaluating.

While we do our best to regularly review and update this page, circumstances can change quickly so please check with your chosen university before making any final decisions.

Aberdeen University

The interview format is usually an MMI, with 7 stations lasting around 90 mins altogether. 

Aberdeen University mentions criteria including:

  • Work experience
  • Understanding of Dentistry issues
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Enthusiasm, interest and motivation to study Dentistry
  • Manual dexterity skills

Barts (Queen Mary University of London)

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview. These will be online for 2022 entry, held between January and March.

Barts (Queen Mary University of London) mentions criteria including:

  • Motivation and realistic approach to Dentistry as a career
  • Initiative, resilience and maturity
  • Teamwork
  • Organisation and problem solving abilities
  • Likely contribution to university life

Birmingham University

The interview format is usually an MMI with 5-10 stations, taking place in February.

Birmingham University mentions criteria including:

  • Motivation for Dentistry
  • Empathy and self-insight
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Leadership

Bristol University

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview between December and February, lasting around 20 minutes. 

Bristol University has previously asked candidates to prepare certain tasks in advance, e.g. a matchbox task and a ‘tell me how’ task.

Cardiff University

The interview format is usually an MMI consisting of 10 stations.

No further details about dates/criteria are available on the Cardiff University website.

Dundee University

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview, lasting around 40 minutes. These will be online for 2022 entry between December and January.

Dundee University mentions criteria including:

  • Personal values
  • Ability to think critically and flexibly on your feet
  • Work experience
  • Teamwork

Glasgow University

The interview format is usually an MMI with 7 stations, lasting around 45 mins altogether and taking place in February.

Glasgow University mentions criteria including:

  • Diligence and ethics
  • Empathy and respect for the views of others
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Independent thinking and problem solving
  • Manual dexterity
  • Creativity and spatial awareness

King’s College London

The interview format is usually an MMI with 5-8 stations.

King’s College London mentions criteria including:

  • Understanding and motivation for Dentistry
  • Case study
  • Science knowledge
  • Key values and qualities, e.g. teamwork, communication, interpersonal skills

Leeds University

The interview format is usually an MMI, held in February.

No further details about stations/criteria are available on the Leeds University website.

Liverpool University

The interview format is usually an MMI.

No further details about dates/criteria are available on the Liverpool University website.

Manchester University

The interview format is usually an MMI with 4-5 stations, held between January and February.

Manchester University mentions criteria including:

  • Work experience
  • Ethics
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Empathy
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation for studying dentistry

Newcastle University

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview, lasting around 20 minutes and taking place between December and January.

Newcastle University mentions criteria including:

  • Preparation and motivation for Dental School
  • Effective learning skills
  • Teamwork
  • Personal qualities/resilience
  • Empathy
  • Integrity and professionalism

Plymouth University

The interview format is usually an MMI with 5 stations, lasting around 55 mins altogether and held from January.

Plymouth University mentions criteria including:

  • Integrity, veracity and honesty
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Empathy
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to deal with stress appropriately
  • Knowing your limitations, strengths and weakness
  • Insight into the responsibilities of a Dentist

Sheffield University

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview lasting around 15/20 mins. These will be online for 2022 entry, held between February and March.

Sheffield University mentions criteria including:

  • Motivation for the course and the profession
  • Knowledge of current issues
  • Evidence of independent thought
  • Ability to apply knowledge
  • Relevant experience
  • Personal qualities and values

Queen’s University Belfast

The interview format is usually an MMI, held between December and March.

Queen’s University Belfast mentions criteria including:

  • Empathy
  • Problem solving
  • Moral reasoning

University of Central Lancashire

The interview format is usually an MMI, taking place in December.

University of Central Lancashire mentions criteria including:

  • Knowledge of dentistry
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Teamwork
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Dentistry Interview Tips

Follow these tips to ensure you’re prepared for your Dentistry interview:

  • Practise possible Dentistry interview questions
  • Research the Dental School and the course you’re applying for
  • Familiarise yourself with Dentistry/healthcare hot topics that you should know about
  • Keep up to date with Dentistry/healthcare-related news
  • Learn a bit about common dental conditions
  • Get to know General Dental Council (GDC) standards and guidelines
  • If necessary, practise tasks to improve/demonstrate your manual dexterity skills
  • Get some Dentistry tutoring for one-to-one guidance and feedback
  • Book your place on our Dentistry MMI Circuits
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