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, those 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.

Since Covid, many Dental Schools have been conducted 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 2024 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 minutes altogether. 

Aberdeen University mentions that candidates may be asked to:

  • Discuss their preparation for entry to Dentistry, eg
    • Research into undergraduate curricula and postgraduate training
    • Research then understanding of the implications of a dental career
    • Experience of caring or other environments
  • Consider a new situation and discuss their thoughts
  • Outline any learning points from previous experiences
  • Reflect upon their own and others’ skills and abilities
  • Consider their potential contribution to the care of others

Barts (Queen Mary University of London)

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview lasting between 15-30 minutes, depending on the course.

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

  • Motivation and realistic approach to Dentistry as a career
  • Communication skills
  • 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 half-term week.

Birmingham University recommends that preparation for interview should include:

  • reflecting on relevant work experience
  • familiarising yourself with the professionalism and ethical standards dentists are held to
  • being confident in communicating with a wide variety of people

Bristol University

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview between December and February, lasting around 20 minutes. Interviews will be held online via Zoom this year.

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.

Further details about dates/criteria should be available on the Cardiff University website.

Dundee University

Candidates will typically have a traditional/panel interview with three interviewers, lasting around 40 minutes. These will be held online via Blackboard Collaborate, 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 minutes altogether and taking place in January or 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, although this is still to be confirmed for 2024 entry. The interview period generally runs from December to March.

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.

Further details about dates/criteria will become available on the Leeds University website.

Liverpool University

The interview format is usually an MMI held from January to March.

Further details about dates/criteria should become available on the Liverpool University website.

Manchester University

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

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, held remotely 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 minutes. These are usually held between February – 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
  • Communication skills

University of Central Lancashire

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

UCLan 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 about some 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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