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Most Medical Schools either use MMIs or Traditional (panel) interviews during their selection process. But what should you expect from different Med School interviews? When do interview offers go out? And what’s the best way to prepare for interviews?

Medical School Interviews Explained

If you pass the first stage of the admissions process – when the academic screening takes place – you’ll get an invite to a Medicine interview. This is your chance to showcase your personal qualities that are aligned with those of a good Doctor, and to demonstrate your skills.

When Are Medicine Interviews Offers Sent?

The Medicine interview season can start as early as November and will run to March.

When Will I Know the Outcome?

Some Med Schools will let you know if you’ve been successful within a couple of weeks of your interview, while others will hold off until the deadline in March.

Two Types of Medicine Interviews

There are two types of interviews:

The main difference is that MMIs involve rotating through a series of stations, where you’ll face a variety of challenges and types of questions or tasks – and traditional interviews focus on you answering multiple questions over a much longer period of time.

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Changes For 2021 Entry

Medical School interviews will be very different this year, because of COVID restrictions. You should expect them to be done virtually, and the format to be tweaked somewhat.

Who Is Interviewing Online?

A majority of Medical Schools have confirmed their interviews are moving online.

How Different Will The Experience Be?

Most Medical Schools are still confirming details – but you can familiarise yourself with the most common formats by practising with our MMI course or Interview course. You’ll get feedback from our tutors and plenty of tips to come across well on-screen.

School-by-School Interview Details

We’ve reviewed each Medical School to bring you the latest information about their interviews for 2021 entry.

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

University of Aberdeen Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesEmailed to the address linked to your UCAS account
When are interviews held?November - end of March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- preparation for entry to Medicine
- problem-solving
- previous experiences
- personal insight
Remote?Yes

Your interview accounts for 50% of the selection process at the University of Aberdeen. The other half is a combination of your academic performance (30%) and UCAT score (20%).

Anglia Ruskin Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesYou'll be invited to a 'preparation session' to make sure you can use the technology
When are interviews held?7 - 16 December 2020
7 - 15 January 2021
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?-communication skills
- critical thinking
- moral reasoning
- teamwork and leadership
- empathy
- problem solving
- interpersonal skills
Remote?Yes

Anglia Ruskin University shortlists candidates for interview by ranking UCAT scores. If invited to interview, you’ll face six MMI stations that last six minutes each. You should be prepared to talk about your Personal Statement during your Medicine interview.

Aston Medical School Interview

Interview typeMMI
When are interviews held?between December and March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- understanding of studying and practising Medicine
- motivation
- verbal communication
- listening skills
- understanding of teamwork
- understanding of leadership skills
- understanding of compassion, respect and dignity
- problem-solving
Remote?Yes

Medicine interviews at Aston University take the MMI format. Each station will last six to eight minutes and you’ll tackle between seven and 10 of these.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry Interview

Interview typePanel
Invites800 candidates invited to interview
When are interviews held?between January and March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Not disclosed
Remote?Yes

BARTS (Queen Mary University of London) shortlists candidates for interview by scoring you based on your UCAS tariff and UCAT score. From over 2,500 applicants, they shortlist 800 for interview and make roughly 440 offers.

University of Birmingham Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNormally sent out between December and January
When are interviews held?January-February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- dealing with personal and ethical challenges
- communication skills
- mathematical skills (GCSE-level)
Remote?Yes

The University of Birmingham scores your application (the weighting is: 45% academic, 30% UCAT and 25% contextual) and then invites around 1,300 candidates to interview. They’ll make offers to around 850 students.

This year, the interviews will take no more than 30 minutes. It involves two stages: the first interview is broken down into two six-minute stations, one of which will involve a role-play scenario. You’ll get two minutes to prepare for each station. The second stage is an online calculation that takes 10 minutes and will be done on a different day.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNormally sent out between December and January
When are interviews held?December & January
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Not disclosed
Remote?Yes

Brighton & Sussex Medical School ranks applicants by their BMAT score and the top ones are invited to interview. The BSMS interview usually includes five MMI circuits of 10 minutes each, with the whole thing lasting an hour.

For 2022 entry the interviews will be remote and held on Zoom. Take a look at their online interviewing process here.

University of Bristol Interview

Interview typeStructured/Panel
InvitesNormally sent out between December and January
When are interviews held?December - April
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Not disclosed
Remote?No

The University of Bristol ranks candidates by UCAT score and invites the top ones to interview. For 2022 entry they’ll revert to in-person MMIs consisting of seven stations. Each station will last six minutes, with one minute to prepare for each. If you sat UCATSEN, you’ll get invited to a separate interview day to allow you extra prep time for each station.

The highest-scoring interviewees will be given an offer of a place, with UCAT scores used as a tie-breaker when necessary.

University of Buckingham Interview

Interview typeMMI Selection Day
InvitesSent throughout the year
When are interviews held?Multiple dates throughout year
What are they looking for?Not disclosed
What topics?Not disclosed
Remote?Yes

The University of Buckingham‘s MB ChB Medicine 4.5-year degree programme doesn’t require BMAT or UCAT, and instead uses MMI selection days for their admissions process. They’re holding digital interviews this year.

Brunel University London Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesInvitations to interview are issued on a rolling basis. Candidates are normally given two – four weeks’ notice.
When are interviews held?Interviews will run all the way through to spring
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- communication skills, empathy and compassion
- ethical reasoning
- professionalism
- data interpretation and gathering
- problem-solving
- personal qualities and motivation, to study Medicine
- work experience,
- understanding of what it means to have a career in Medicine
- current affairs in the media.
Remote?Yes

Your Brunel University interview will include six stations, held remotely on Zoom.

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University of Cambridge Interview

Interview typeTraditional
InvitesSent throughout the year
When are interviews held?December
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- Scientific and related competencies
- Personal qualities and communications skills
- Understanding of the professional and career requirements
Remote?Yes

The University of Cambridge uses traditional interviews for its selection process, but there isn’t much information on their website about the process. For 2022 entry they’re interviewing online, with Zoom or Whereby.

Cardiff University Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesDecember. You get to book your interview date.
When are interviews held?Usually January/February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Explores the attributes and personal qualities needed in a good Doctor, as defined by the GMC
Remote?Unsure

Medicine interviews at Cardiff University take the MMI format and are designed to assess whether you have the personal qualities and attributes of a good Doctor. We’re not sure if they’ll be online or in-person yet.

University of Central Lancashire Interview

Interview typePanel
InvitesInvitations to interview are issued on a rolling basis.
When are interviews held?The majority are held between December and April.
What are they looking for?Details on website.
What topics?Explores the attributes and qualities needed in a good doctor, as defined by the GMC. More details available on the website.
Remote?Yes

For this academic entry cycle, Medicine interviews at the University of Central Lancashire will take the format of a panel interview, and interviews will be conducted online (remotely).

University College London Interview

Interview typePanel
InvitesRolling basis
When are interviews held?December to March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Academic curiosity and interest in healthcare
Motivation
Problem solving
Professional attitudes
Team work
Communication skills
Remote?Yes

For this admissions cycle, UCL is using online panel interviews for its selection process. Each interview will be around 20 minutes, with two interviewers present. Around 950 candidates will be interviewed for 334 places. You’ll get at least one week’s notice if you’re invited to interview.

The interview process for 2022 is still under review, and we’ll update this as soon as we find out how things will work later this year.

University of Dundee Interview

Interview typePanel
InvitesSent on a rolling basis
When are interviews held?Between December and February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- Ability to think critically and flexibly, on your feet
- Communication skills
- Teamwork
- Work experience
Remote?Yes

Your University of Dundee interview will be held remotely, on Blackboard Collaborate. There will be five stations that last around six minutes each. You’ll get one-minute breaks in between stations in order to prepare for the next task.

Edge Hill University Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesSent on a rolling basis
When are interviews held?Not disclosed
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- understanding and motivation for wanting to join the MBChB programme at Edge Hill University
- verbal communication skills
- integrity/probity
- teamwork/leadership
- empathy and compassion
- awareness of current health challenges
- ethical awareness
- awareness of self and others
- prioritisation/decision making
- interpretation of data
Remote?Yes

Edge Hill University ranks candidates by their UCAT score and invites everyone who meets the threshold to interview. For 2022 entry, this will be done online via Microsoft Teams.

The University of Edinburgh Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesSent on a rolling basis
When are interviews held?Not disclosed
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- Core attributes required of medical Doctors, outlined in the document from the Medical Schools’ council
Remote?Yes

Details of Medicine interviews at the University of Edinburgh are still being finalised.

University of Exeter Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Between December and March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Not disclosed
Remote?Yes

The University of Exeter interviews a set number of candidates every year and makes this shortlist by ranking in order of UCAT score. To be successful, you need to get a yes in at least five of the seven stations. If there are too many people for places, your UCAT score will be used as the tie-breaker.

University of Glasgow Interview

Interview typeTraditional
InvitesNotified by email and UCAS track
When are interviews held?Not disclosed
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- What being a Doctor means
- Ethics
Remote?Yes

For 2022 entry, your University of Glasgow interview will take place online, via Zoom. Like last year, it’ll last roughly 30 minutes, and involve two panel interviews. The first interview will explore what being a Doctor means, the second will discuss one of two ethical scenarios, which you can choose from. When you’re invited, you’ll be allocated a date and time for your interview and this cannot be changed – if you don’t attend the interview, your application won’t progress.

Hull York Medical School Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?January and February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- teamwork
- motivation and insight into a medical career
- understanding and motivation for the course
- understanding of the values in the NHS Constitution
- awareness and understanding of current medical issues
- communication skills
- personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience
- ability to think critically
Remote?Yes

Medicine interviews at Hull York Medical School take the MMI format and involve three mini-interviews, a group and individual scenario, and a student station exploring why you want to be a Doctor. You get five minutes, plus two minutes of preparation time, for each station. Last year 830 people were interviewed and 566 offers were made.

Imperial College London Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Online-asynchronous interview in January, MMIs in March
What are they looking for?Advice on their website
What topics?- motivation and realistic approach to Medicine as a career
- capacity to deal with stressful situations
- evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
- evidence of working as a leader and a team member
- ability to multitask
- likely contribution to university life
- communication skills and maturity of character
Remote?Yes

Imperial College London has a unique approach to interviews for 2022 entry. It will be split into two parts: the first, in January, involves one online-asynchronous interview that you’ll record yourself and upload. You’ll get training in the form of an online module that will explain what is required. The second part will be face-to-face MMIs in March, taking place online or in-person.

Keele University Interview

Interview typePanel
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Between December and March
What are they looking for?Advice on their website
What topics?- motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
- capacity to deal with stressful situations
- evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
- evidence of working as a leader and a team member
- ability to multitask
- likely contribution to university life
- communication skills and maturity of character
Remote?Yes

Keele University shortlists for interview based on a roles and responsibilities form that is marked, with the top-scoring applicants invited to interview. Around 700 applicants will be interviewed, with 400 offers made. Interviews usually comprise of two 15-minute MMIs and a standalone numeracy test – but details for 2022 entry haven’t been made public yet.

Kent and Medway Medical School Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesSend from mid-November
When are interviews held?From December
What are they looking for?Not disclosed
What topics?- data handling
- problem analysis
- situational judgement
- roleplay
- task and values-based station
Remote?Unclear

Kent and Medway Medical School says they use ‘multi-station interviews’ comprising of 6 stations of 7 minutes each, with 2 minute intervals. This is followed by a unique 42-minute group station, in which applicants are individually assessed. Last year the stations covered data handling, problem analysis, situational judgement, roleplay, task and values-based stations – but they say the content could be different for 2022 entry.

King's College London Interview

Interview typePanel
InvitesSend from mid-November
When are interviews held?Between November and May
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- values and personality-based attributes
- information handling and evaluation skills
- knowledge of topical medical issues
- ability to deal with ethical dilemmas
- communication skills
Remote?Yes

Medicine interviews at King’s College London take place between November and May, which is one of the longest interview periods of all Medical Schools. When drawing up their shortlist, King’s looks at everything: your GCSEs and A-Levels, your UCAT score, and your Personal Statement. Interviews will consist of a panel with two interviewers who complete assessment score sheets about candidates and will be done remotely in 2021/22.

Lancaster University Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesSend from mid-November
When are interviews held?January and February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- your career choice, work experience or suitability for a medical career
- comprehension
- suitability for Lancaster's problem-based learning curriculum
Remote?Unclear

Your Lancaster Medical School interview may be held remotely, but that details for 2022 entry haven’t been confirmed yet. Usually you’ll get 12-15 stations to work through, each lasting roughly five minutes long. You’ll get an invite at least two weeks before the date of your interview that gives more detail.

University of Leeds Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesIn batches from December
When are interviews held?From December
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- ethical reasoning
- self-evaluation
- communication skills
- problem solving
- discussion around your BMAT essay
Remote?Unclear

The University of Leeds takes into account your BMAT score, academic record, and Personal Statement when shortlisting – and usually invites 1,000 applicants to interview. They typically have eight six-minute MMI stations and haven’t specified if interviews will be online or in-person for 2021/22.

Leicester Medical School Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNovember to February
When are interviews held?December to March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- motivation to study Medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession
- personal insight
- problem-solving
- communication skills
- teamwork abilities
- emotional intelligence
- ethical judgement
Remote?Yes

If you apply to Leicester Medical School, you’ll be ranked by UCAT score and academic record and the highest-ranked candidates will get an invite to interview. Around 1,000 people are interviewed and roughly 850 offers are made for the 290 places available. The interviews will be held online again this year.

University of Liverpool Interview

Interview typeSemi-structured
InvitesFrom November onwards
When are interviews held?December to February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Not disclosed
Remote?Yes

The University of Liverpool ranks you by academic performance and UCAT score then invites the top candidates to interview. For 2021/22, interviews will be held online and take the form of a semi-structured interview.

The University of Manchester Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesSend from mid-November
When are interviews held?Between December and February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- ability to communicate
- why do you want to be a Doctor?
- previous caring experience
- matters of a medical interest
- ethical and other issues
Remote?Yes

The University of Manchester will put you through four or five MMI stations, lasting roughly seven minutes each with a two-minute gap between each. Details for 2022 entry haven’t been shared yet.

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Newcastle University Interview

Interview typeMMIs
InvitesDecember to January
When are interviews held?December to February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- integrity (honesty and probity)
- communication
- empathy and self-awareness
- motivation and commitment to be a Doctor
- compatibility with the MBBS programme
- teamwork (including leadership)
- personal organisation
- persistence and resilience
Remote?Yes

Newcastle University ranks candidates by UCAT score and invites everyone above a set threshold to interview. Last year they interviewed around 1,130 students and expect the number to be similar this year. They’re reverting to MMIs for 2021/22 interviews, and international students will be asked similar questions by a panel during an online interview.

Norwich Medical School Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Between November and February
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?Not disclosed
Remote?No

If you meet the academic requirements, you’ll get an invite to a Norwich (UEA) interview. This will be a MMI, and you won’t get any clues about the questions in advance. You will be ranked by interview performance (including SJT score) and UCAT score, and offers will go to the top-ranking candidates. 2021/22 interviews will be in-person if possible.

University of Nottingham Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesFrom December
When are interviews held?Between December and March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- communication skills
- teamwork
- respect for patients and allied healthcare professionals
Remote?Yes

If you’re invited to interview at the University of Nottingham, you should expect online MMIs this year via Microsoft Teams. You’ll get an ice-breaker that isn’t marked, then you’ll face eight six-minute stations.

University of Oxford Interview

Interview typeTraditional
InvitesSent from mid-November
When are interviews held?December 10th to 15th
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- your personal statement or why you have applied for a particular course
- questions about Medicine
- the subjects that you are currently studying at school or college
Remote?Yes

The University of Oxford uses the Traditional interview format, and you’ll be asked questions by academic tutors. Roughly 25% of applicants will be shortlisted for a Medicine interview. Shortlisting is done by ranking your GCSE performance and BMAT score, with the top candidates getting an invite.

You’ll have two interviews: one will be with your college of preference (or allocation if you made an open application), and the other with a randomly-allocated college. The website states that interviews in 2021 will be done online with Microsoft Teams.

University of Plymouth Interview

Interview typeMMI (subject to change)
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Not disclosed
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- motivation and commitment
- empathy and being non-judgmental
- communication skills
- insight into the roles and responsibilities of a Doctor
- problem-solving skills
Remote?Yes

Your University of Plymouth interview was remote last year, but there are no details available for the 2022 interview format yet. If it’s the same as last year, you may face five stations that vary in format – one station may focus on role play while another is a short practical task. Last year, interviews took roughly 55 minutes in total, with 15 minutes at the start for registration and questions.

Queen's University Belfast School of Medicine

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?between mid-December and March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?-empathy
-problem-solving
-moral reasoning
-communication skills
Remote?Yes

Whilst your Queen’s University Belfast interview will take an MMI format and your Personal Statement will also be considered within the interview. They haven’t declared whether interviews will be online or in-person yet.

The University of Sheffield Interview

Interview typeTraditional
InvitesWill be sent with questions in advance
When are interviews held?Mondays - Thursdays, between November 29th and February 10th.
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- communication skills
- depth and breadth of interests (achievements in specific fields)
- evidence of commitment for caring
- knowledge of and interest in study in Sheffield
- medical work experience/extended Project Qualification
- motivation for Medicine
- understanding the nature of Medicine
- values and attitudes
- outside interests
Remote?Yes

Around 1,200 – 1,300 students will be interviewed by The University of Sheffield. They usually use MMIs, but for 2021 and 2022 entry the traditional panel format is used to allow for online interviews. You’ll get the eight questions ahead of time, so you can prepare your responses.

University of Southampton Interview

Interview typeSelection Day
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Between January and March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- self-motivation
- communication
- understanding of the values of the NHS constitution
Remote?Yes

The University of Southampton‘s selection day process this year will be online and consist of an interview and a group task. If you are invited to attend a selection day, you will be emailed two weeks prior with full event details.

University of St Andrews Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesFrom November to March
When are interviews held?Late November to March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- understanding of Medicine
- commitment to study
- personal qualities
Remote?Yes

St. Andrews interviews around 400 candidates and will be doing this on Microsoft Teams for 2021/22. They rank you by your UCAT score and invite the top performers. The process usually includes an interview and group task but you’ll get more details with your invitation.

St George's University of London Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?December to March
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?-Academic ability and intellect
-Empathy
-Initiative and resilience
-Communication skills
-Organisation and problem solving
-Team work
-Insight and integrity
-Effective learning style
Remote?Unclear

St. George’s, University of London interviews between 800 and 1,000 candidates each year using MMIs. You’ll be invited if you meet their UCAT cut-off score. You’ll face eight five-minute stations but it’s not clear if this will be online or in-person for 2022 entry.

University of Sunderland Interview

Interview typeMMI and maths test
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Late December and January
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- motivation/experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career
- empathy and insight
- awareness of ethical issues in health and society
- comprehension
- effective communication
Remote?Yes

Your University of Sunderland MMI will take place on Microsoft Teams, and you can expect a variety of formats. You’ll also have to do a 30-minute maths test.

Swansea University Medical School

Interview typePanel
InvitesNot disclosed
When are interviews held?Not disclosed
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?- communication skills
- problem-solving skills
- coping with pressure
- insight and integrity
- passion for Medicine/resilience to succeed
Remote?Yes

Swansea University Medical School‘s interview process isn’t clear for 2021/22 – there doesn’t seem to be any details yet.

Warwick Medical School Interview

Interview typeMMI
InvitesDecember
When are interviews held?Monday 13th - Thursday 16th December
What are they looking for?Details on their website
What topics?-Team working
-Insight
-Resilience
-Communication
-Empathy
-Probity
-Respect and dignity
Remote?Yes

If you’re invited to interview at Warwick Medical School, you’ll be put through six MMI stations. They have a short window of just one week of interviews, but there’s a reserve day for anyone that faces technical issues.

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