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Medicine Interview Preparation

Medical school interviews can be challenging – especially when you’re not sure what to expect! On this page we’ve included a guide to the medical school interview process at each UK university so you can tailor your medicine interview preparation accordingly. This page will cover:


How Should I Start Medicine Interview Preparation?

The first step in your medical interview preparation should be finding out the style of interview at the medical schools you’ve applied to, as well as researching any potential topics that may feature. For example, are they likely to ask you about your BMAT essay? Will there be a numeracy station at the MMI?

Once you know these things, you can then tailor your preparation accordingly. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of all the different topics likely to feature in each medical school interview – as well as the style of interview and interview length.

Please note that the information on this page is kept as up to date as possible but the information is subject to change as admissions policies are updated by each university. This information should be used as a guide only.

University & Interview StyleWhat topics might come up in the interview?Length
Aberdeen (MMI)Candidates may be asked to:
• Discuss their preparation for entry to Medicine e.g Research into undergraduate curricula and postgraduate training
• Research then understanding of the implications of a medical career
• Experience of caring or other environments
• Consider a new situation and discuss their thoughts or suggest a solution to solve a problem
• 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.

The student will be scored in several areas including:
• Ability to express ideas freely and coherently
• How well they use their existing knowledge to formulate answers to unknown areas
• Their ability to follow a reasoned argument and to formulate an opinion
• The degree to which they are prepared for questions
• Their ability to discuss different aspects (advantages & disadvantages) of a problem/situation
• The degree of motivation, commitment, reflection and sensitivity demonstrated

Candidates should be aware that for some questions there will not be a 'correct' answer - simply that the student's ability to reflect upon and discuss diverse aspects of the problem may be under scrutiny.

The interview is not intended to test academic knowledge or include questions directly related to the school curriculum.
At each station, a selector will explore one question area/domain for 7 minutes and score the candidate's performance against pre-determined criteria. Communication and interpersonal skills are also scored at each station. The MMI experience will last approximately 1 hour for each candidate.
Aston (MMI)The kind of things that we will be looking for in the MMI are qualities such as:
• Oral and written communication skills.
• Listening skills.
• Empathy, compassion, respect and dignity.
• Emotional intelligence.
• Problem solving.
• Motivation.
• Team working.
• Being able to lead as well as follow.
• Knowing your limitations and knowing when to ask for help.
We have between 8-10 stations and one cycle lasts approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
Anglia Ruskin (MMI)MMI questions will test your preparation and motivation to study medicine. The object of the interviews is to assess your ability to respond spontaneously to various scenarios, without coaching. Areas that are tested will include:
• Communication skills
• Critical thinking
• Moral reasoning
• Teamwork and leadership
• Empathy
• Problem solving
• Interpersonal skills

You'll be expected to answer questions or respond to scenarios candidly and to the best of your ability.
MMIs consist of a series of ten mini-interviews ('stations'), each lasting seven minutes.
Barts (Traditional)The qualities that make a good doctor. They state that it would be useful to prepare yourself by browsing student forums where you can find details of other students' experiences of interview.

The interview evaluates the following:
• Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
• Ability to show initiative, resilience and maturity
• Ability to work well as part of a team
• Organisational and problem-solving abilities
• Communication skills
Approximately 15-20 minutes.
Birmingham (MMI)• Motivation for medicine
• Communication
• Empathy
• Self-insight
• Ethical reasoning
• Data analysis and interpretation
• Ability to evaluate information

Whilst it’s not possible to ‘revise’ for MMIs, preparation for an interview should include keeping abreast of medical issues appearing in the news and media and discussing and debating them with friends and family. Relevant work experience can also offer great insight into the demands placed on staff, the strategies staff employ to handle difficult situations and the benefits they obtain from caring for people and working in teams.
MMIs are made up of 7 mini interviews lasting 6 minutes each; You will be interviewed by one person at each station and you will be given 2 minutes to prepare for each interview.
Brighton & Sussex (MMI)• Reflection on work experience
• Key skills and values needed to study medicine as outlined by Medical Schools' Council
The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) at BSMS will consist of five discussions, each lasting ten minutes, with a minute between each discussion. Applicants will move from each discussion in turn, until they have completed a full circuit – this will take 54 minutes. There will be a one-minute pause before the start of the next discussion.
Bristol (MMI)Student should 'demonstrate evidence of skills and attributes that are appropriate to a career in medicine and to display insight into a range of topics related to a career in medicine'

You can expect questions on:
• Why medicine?
• Current NHS Hot Topics
• Work experience
• Evidence of leadership
• Extracurricular activities
The MMI will last around 60 minutes. Applicants move around seven stations, each taking six minutes (one minute for reading instructions and five minutes for completing task).
Buckingham (MMI)The tasks in the MMI are designed to test empathy, communication skills with colleagues and future patients, comprehension and numerical skills relevant to the practice of medicine, analytical skills, manual skills and team-working.2 hours. Candidates will complete up to 10 stations; each station is manned by an assessor who may be a practising hospital doctor or General Practitioner. Each task lasts for seven minutes.
Cambridge (Traditional)The key issues to be evaluated at interview and through other aspects of the selection process fall into three areas:
• Scientific and related competencies
• Personal qualities and communications skills appropriate to a would-be doctor
• Understanding of the professional and career requirements necessary to become a doctor

The Clinical School makes the following statement about the key qualities of a medical student. They:
• Are knowledgeable about the scientific basis of medicine, including its most recent developments
• Are honest, caring, knowledgeable and competent and equipped to maintain good medical practice
• Show respect for their patients at all times
• Have excellent communication skills for use in the health care of diverse populations
• Understand the importance of physical, psychological and social aspects of patient care
• Possess a sound appreciation of ethical, legal and community issues
• Are able to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams
• Possess the capacity for inquiry and are prepared to continue learning, teaching, evaluation and research throughout their careers and to prepare them fully for their roles as doctors.
Varies by college, but generally around 30 minutes.
Cardiff (MMI)You can expect to be asked questions on:
• Empathy
• Resilience
• Ethics
• Reasoning
• Numeracy
• Insight into medical career
• Team working
• NHS/NHS in Wales
• Cardiff and curriculum
• Communication
• Self-directedness
At the beginning of each station you will be given a card to read with simple instructions. These are to help orientate you, and let you know what to expect from the station. Short break of 30 seconds between stations. Applicants will rotate around the 9 stations in turn. Each station will last 6 minutes.
Dundee (MMI)Some of the stations are traditional one-to-one interviews, where you consider a question, situation, or dilemma. Even though these are often framed in a clinical or medical context, no prior medical knowledge is required to address them.

Interviewers are looking to find out your ability to think critically and flexibly, on your feet. They are looking to assess your work experience, communication skills, and your ability to work in a team. Interviewers are looking for caring and hardworking individuals.

The other stations are more interactive. You might have to work with an actor or complete a task along with a helper. Don't get fazed if you can't complete tasks as they are designed to be challenging. Interviewers may not necessarily be measuring your ability to complete the tasks but rather how you react to being unable to do so.

You can expect to be assessed on:
• Your understanding of a medical career, of the curriculum here in Dundee
• Current medical issues in the press, including ethical topics
• Information provided in your UCAS personal statement
• Communication skills
• Approach towards teamwork
There are 10 interview stations in total, each lasting 7 minutes.

It is designed so that if a particular station doesn't go well then it's not the end of the world. Many candidates will find that some stations go better than others. The MMI format helps to even out this fluctuation in interview performance, so that there is less for you to worry about on the day.
Edinburgh (Assessment Day)This is a new face to face selection process that has been introduced for students applying for 2020 entry.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Day, during which they will have an opportunity to find out more about studying medicine in Edinburgh, as well as undergoing a series of short interviews.

Candidates invited for assessment day will be provided with more information about the structure of the day.

You can expect to be assessed on:
• Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession
• Insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
• The ability to reflect on your own work
• Personal organisation
• Academic ability
• Problem solving skills
• Dealing with uncertainty
• Ability to manage risk and deal effectively with problems
• Work experience placements
• Experience of paid/volunteer work
• Participation in social activities
• Education experience
N/A
Exeter (MMI)Candidates may be required to go through one role play station. All other stations are question and answer. Further information is provided to candidates at the Interview Briefing Session on the interview day.

• Communication skills
• Ability to reflect
• Empathy
Seven stations will be offered. Each station will last 3 minutes and students will then have 3 minutes in which to move to their next station.
Glasgow (Traditional)Candidates will be interviewed by two panels (A and B), swapping mid-point, with two interviewers on each panel. Multiple candidates will be interviewed within rooms. From the applicant waiting area, candidates will be led to wait outside the interview rooms prior to interview, by candidate grouping A and B. One of the groups will use the waiting time to read and select ONE from two scenarios to discuss. The other group will sit and wait. Candidate groups A and B will go into their respective rooms for interview. Those who have just selected one scenario will be expected to discuss this with their interviewers at some point during this interview panel.

After the first panel has finished, candidate groups A and B will again wait outside the interview rooms. One of the groups will use the time to read and select ONE from two scenarios to discuss. The other group (who have already discussed the scenario they chose) will sit and wait. Candidate groups A and B will go into their respective rooms for their second panel interview. Those who have just selected one scenario will be expected to discuss this with their interviewers at some point during this interview panel.

To prepare for your medical interview you could:
• Refer to Glasgow's undergraduate medical curriculum
• Revisit your personal statement (interviewers have no knowledge about your other than your name)
• Think of examples of your achievements and skills
• Consider your personal characteristics
• Reflect on previous interactions/experiences
• Explore what being a doctor means and the related themes or topics around this
Interviews will last 30 minutes.
Hull York (MMI)During the whole MMI, we will be observing and scoring you in the following areas:
• Your ability to work collaboratively in a group
• How you contribute relevant information to the group discussion
• How effectively and clearly you articulate your own thoughts in a group setting
• Insight into a medical career
• Your understanding of the values in the NHS Constitution
• Motivation for a medical career
• Your awareness and understanding of current medical issues
• Your communication skills
• Your understanding of and motivation for the Hull York Medical School MB BS course
• Your personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience
• Your ability to think critically
The MMIs cover the following four stations:
Two mini-interviews (10 minutes each), scenario station (5 minutes), group exercise (20 minutes), task station (5 minutes).
Imperial (Traditional)There are a number of things you can do to help prepare for your Imperial medical interview:

• Re-read and familiarise yourself with your personal statement. You may be asked follow-up questions based on things you wrote about in your statement.
• Research if your school offers mock interviews and attend one if available
• Practice interview techniques with your parents/guardians, working on things like body language, eye contact and answering questions in a clear and concise way.
• Think of questions you may want to ask at the interview - the interview is as much your chance to see whether the course is right for you as it is for the department to see if you're a good fit.
In your interview you can expect the following to be assessed:
• 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 both a leader and a team member
• Ability to multitask
• Likely contribution to university life
• Communication skills and maturity of character
20 minutes.
Keele (MMI)Our MMI stations are intended to assess behaviours that are compatible with the NHS values. The attributes we assess within the interview are:
• Motivation/experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career
• Empathy and insight
• Responsibilities and challenges of being a doctor
• Awareness of ethical issues in health and society
• Resilience
• Comprehension
• Effective communication

Numeracy skills assessment - go through the practice questions on their website beforehand. This is a pass/fail test. Interviewees who do not achieve the pass score (≥8/20) will be judged unsuccessful at interview.
Each station lasts 5 minutes and the total time takes approximately an hour and a quarter. There is also a half hour numeracy skills assessment which takes place either before or after your MMI.
King's (MMI)During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example:
• Kindness, compassion and empathy
• Respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy
• Decision-making, team working and integrity
Other scenarios might be:
• Scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills
• Assessing knowledge on topical medical issues
• Assessing the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma
• Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station
MMI lasts 30 minutes, followed by numeracy and literacy tests (40 minutes).

Usually 4-7 'mini' interviews, 1 question or task per station. 3-5 minutes per station, 90 second intervals in between.
Lancaster (MMI)Some stations will consist of a short interview, where you may be asked questions about:
• Your career choice
• Work experience
• Suitability for a medical career

You might also be asked:
• To read a short paragraph or watch a short video clip, take some notes and then discuss at a subsequent station
• To work in a group in a 20-minute station, assessing your suitability for a problem-based learning curriculum
The MMI consists of 12-15 different 'stations', most of which will be 5 minutes long.
Leeds (MMI)Some stations will ask you to discuss information on the UCAS form. Most stations involve discussion with the examiner or may require you to write down some information or to interact with an actor who will be playing a role. The skills that will be assessed will include:

• Ethical reasoning
• Self-evaluation
• Communication skills
• Problem solving

At one station applicants are asked to take part in a discussion based around their BMAT Section 3 essay.
The MMI process consists of 8 different stations. Each station will last 6 minutes with 1 minute to move between stations and read the next task.
Leicester (MMI)• Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession
• Insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
• The ability to reflect on your own work
• Personal organisation
• Academic ability
• Problem solving
• Dealing with uncertainty
• Manage risk and deal effectively with problems
• Ability to take responsibility for your own actions
• Conscientiousness
• Insight into your own health
• Effective communication, including reading, writing, listening and speaking
• Teamwork
• Ability to treat people with compassion, respect and dignity
• Resilience and the ability to deal with difficult situations
• Empathy and the ability to care for others
• Honesty
• Emotional intelligence
• Ethical Judgement
8 stations.
Liverpool (MMI)The Medical Schools Council has published a statement identifying the core values, skills and attributes needed to become a doctor. This will help applicants to medical school prepare by giving them an outline of what they might be tested on:

• Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession
• Insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
• The ability to reflect on your own work
• Personal organisation
• Academic ability
• Problem solving
• Dealing with uncertainty
• Manage risk and deal effectively with problems
• Ability to take responsibility for your own actions
• Conscientiousness
• Insight into your own health
• Effective communication, including reading, writing, listening and speaking
• Teamwork
• Ability to treat people with respect
• Resilience and the ability to deal with difficult situations
• Empathy and the ability to care for others
• Honesty
Previously 7 stations at 7 minutes long
Manchester (MMI)• Communication skills
• Why do you want to be a doctor?
• Matters of medical interest
• Previous caring experience
• Ethical and other issues
• More available on their website
7 station multiple mini interview (MMI) format, with each station having an interviewer.

Each station will be 7 minutes long and there will be a 2 minute gap between stations. In the 2 minute gap, you will be provided with some information about the next station so that you can begin to prepare your thoughts.

The station where you start will be allocated at random and you will then pass round the circle from station to station until you have completed them all.
Newcastle (MMI)• 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
Each station lasts for 7 minutes with an extra 2 minute ice breaker question in the first station. One of the stations involves a role-play scenario.
Norwich (UEA) (MMI)• An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information
• The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership
• A caring and supportive attitude
• An empathetic and caring approach
• Insight in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession
• Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness
• Understanding of the NHS values
There will be a series of 6 rooms/stations. Candidates will circulate spending 5 minutes at each station with 1.5 minutes of preparation time for each station.
Nottingham (MMI)• Two stations will involve role play
• Six stations will involve answering questions based on the instructions or scenarios that are provided outside the station. A copy of the instructions or scenarios are also in the station for you to refer to during the assessment
• You will be expected to have good communication and listening skills, an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork and respect for the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine
Each station lasts 5 minutes; whole MMI lasts approximately 1 hour. In the first station you enter you will be asked 'ice-breaker' questions for 3 minutes. All applicants are asked the same questions during the 3 minutes, this is an opportunity for you to prepare for the assessments. The answers to the 'icebreaker' questions are not part of the MMI assessments
Oxford (Traditional)There are lots of myths about interviews at Oxford, but really they're just conversations about your chosen subject - like a short tutorial - with someone who knows a lot about it.

In the 'Selection Criteria' section of the website, they state that they look for the following in all candidates (as well as academic ability):

• A clear commitment to medicine, and a realistic attitude to the subject
• Interest in, and curiosity about, the scientific basis of medicine
• Evidence of self-motivation and an ability to organise life and work
• Ability to develop good relationships with other people
• A high level of communication skills, with an interest in and an ability to communicate with people from all backgrounds
• Personal integrity
• Stability of character
• Leadership potential
• Concern for the welfare of others
Applicants to A100 Medicine at Oxford (the standard 6 year course) have at least four interviews during a 26-hour period. Each lasts roughly 20 minutes.
Plymouth (MMI)• Integrity
• Veracity and honesty
• Flexibility
• Motivation and commitment
• Pro-social attitudes, for example students who show empathy and who are non-judgemental
• Communication skills, including listening
• Potential for leadership
• Students who show insight into what it is to be a doctor
• The ability to be a team player
• The ability to deal with stress appropriately
• Problem solving skills
• Students who know their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses
• Reflectiveness
• Students who demonstrate a suitable approach to life and people

They state that they expect students to demonstrate the values set out in the NHS constitution including: working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives.
You will be assessed across 7 single assessor stations. The interview will take approximately 50 minutes.

It is not a test of medical or scientific knowledge, but aims to explore your attitudes, outlook and a way of thinking.
Queen's University Belfast (MMI)• Empathy
• Problem-solving
• Moral Reasoning
• Ethical Reasoning
• Communication Skills
9 stations
Southampton (Selection Day)Applicants must show that they are:
• Are self-motivated and resilient
• Have reflected on and learnt from life experiences (this may include work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings)
• Can communicate effectively
• Are able to interact successfully with others
• Can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution
The group task is approximately 30 minutes and the interview is 20 minutes.
Sheffield (MMI)• 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

In addition to the eight stations in the circuit, applicants' scores in the UKCAT Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will be considered as a ninth virtual station. The UKCAT SJT will contribute to the MMI as follows:

SJT (Quartile - Description)
• 5 (1st - Excellent)
• 4 (2nd - Good)
• 3 (3rd - Satisfactory)
• 2 (4th - Borderline)
• 1 (Not applicable)
Multiple Mini-Interviews comprise a series of eight 8-minute stations.
St Andrews (MMI)The MMI will involve:
• Testing that you appreciate the realities of working in a caring profession
• Testing your communication and interpersonal skills
• Role-play and interaction with an actor
• Discussion of ethical issues
• Critical thinking and reflection

The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) component of the UCAT will be used as an element of the interview, with the score being incorporated into the interview score.
6 'mini' interviews held at stations which last about 6 minutes each.
St George's (MMI)Key Competencies assessed:
• Academic ability and intellect
• Empathy
• Initiative and resilience
• Communication skills
• Organisation and problem solving
• Teamwork
• Insight and integrity
• Effective learning style
The interview consists of up to 8 activities each lasting 5 minutes (40 minutes in total).
Sunderland (MMI)•Motivation/experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career
• Empathy and insight
• Responsibilities and challenges of being a doctor
• Awareness of ethical issues in health and society
• Resilience
• Comprehension
• Effective communication

In addition, interviewees will complete a separate mathematics test which will assess their ability to perform clinically relevant calculations. This is a pass/fail test. Interviewees who do not achieve the pass score will be unsuccessful at interview.
Approximately 2 hours.
Swansea (Graduate Entry)The Selection Centre is a day-long event starting with a warm welcome from our Admissions Directors. You'll then sit a written assessment, which is similar to a situational judgement test. In the afternoon, you will have 2 oral interviews: one with a practising clinician and a lay-member of the community; the other with an academic and a medical student. The interviews are not tests of your scientific or medical knowledge; they are conversations that aim to bring out the best in you.

The entry interview process is structured to take account of the qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in 'Good Medical Practice', and the capacity to meet the outcomes of 'Outcomes for Graduates'. In summary:
• Communication skills
• Problem solving skills
• Coping with pressure
• Insight and integrity
• Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
1 day
UCL (Traditional)• Intellectual potential (intellectual curiosity and robustness)
• Motivation for (and understanding of) a career in medicine
• Awareness of scientific and medical issues
• Attitude, including factors such as flexibility, integrity, conscientiousness
• Individual strengths (e.g. social, musical, sporting interests or activities)
• Communication skills (verbal and listening skills)

As of the 2020 admissions cycle, UCL will no longer use Section 3 of the BMAT (Essay) as part of the interview.
Interviews usually last approximately 15-20 minutes and are conducted by a panel of 2-3 interviewers, including clinical and basic medical science staff, a senior medical student or ‘lay’ interviewer (e.g. Head of Sixth Form or GP).
UCLan (MMI)UCLan suggest that students look at the following in their preparation for an MMI:
• Skills and attributes of a doctor (from websites such as the General Medical Council)
• Current news in medicine
• The types of dilemmas that health professionals have to consider

There is one station to discuss your transferable skills statement.
The UCLan MMIs involve 8 individual activities, each lasting 7 minutes during which there are 2 minutes to read about the activity and 5 minutes of interaction with an MMI assessor to do the activity.
Warwick (Graduate Entry; MMI)The detail of the exercises may change each year, but the competencies we look for are:
• Team working
• Insight
• Resilience
• Communication
• Empathy
• Probity
• Respect and dignity
Everyone who attends the selection centre will be there for about 2 hours and will take part in 6 'mini' interviews.

Medicine Interview Preparation Tips

Preparing for a medical school interview can be tricky. However – we’ve got some top three tips on making sure you’re as prepared as possible on the day!

1. Learn Expert Technique

This is step one. Knowing what to expect – and how to tackle each style of interview question – is key.

At our one-day Interview Course, you’ll be guided through each style of interview format and different types of medical interview questions by one of our expert tutors. You’ll also receive a 22,500 word workbook and a full mock interview.

2. Practise Makes Perfect

Make sure you practise and do lots of it!

MMIs are a daunting concept – but at our MMI Circuit you can gain valuable practice and familiarise yourself with the layout of MMIs before the day! Created by doctors, we’re the original MMI prep provider and our circuits are the perfect MMI practice. You can experience 20 stations, including role-play with professional actors, and receive detailed feedback on your performance.

Want to start medicine interview preparation at home? Our free Interview Question Bank has over 100 example questions and model answers so you can get an idea of the kinds of questions you might be asked and how to answer them effectively.

3. Work on Your Weakest Areas

Our tutors are here to help you. In private one-to-one Interview Tutoring sessions, you can work on the exact areas you feel you need to improve on – whether that’s a specific style of MMI station or how to speak naturally about your motivations for medicine.

Our tutors can help with interview technique, mock interviews and everything in between, giving you detailed feedback and support before your actual interview.

 

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