The University of Birmingham use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) as part of their admissions process. Around 1200 candidates are invited to attend an interview, and these interviews will take place between November and February.
Below are my three top tips for anyone who is preparing for their upcoming interview at Birmingham…
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1. Know which stations to expect
At the Birmingham medicine interview, there are seven interview stations, each lasting six minutes. You will also have two minutes of preparation time outside of the station to read information relating to the topic.
Birmingham have released what each station will involve- there’s no reason to not know what to expect! The seven stations are titled:
Motivation and Insight into Medicine: Challenges faced by practitioners
Interactive Task: Engagement with student
Motivation and Insight into Medicine: Personal Qualities
Dealing with personal and ethical challenges
Interactive Task: Role Play
You will need to handle data in the Birmingham medicine interview, and so an important aspect of your preparation should include practising questions as, according to the University of Birmingham’s website, you will need to undertake ‘very simple calculations in your head’.
Don’t be caught out on the day with something that you could have easily prepared for!
Birmingham make it very clear that it is not possible to ‘revise’ for MMIs, however you should be able to prepare for your interview by reading the latest issues that appear in the news and media. Indeed, discussing and debating them with friends and family is the perfect way of being able to improve your communication skills for any station!
It’s important to remember as well that you are applying to enter into the medical field, in which keeping up to date with the latest research will become an important part of your working life! Get into good habits now so that you’ll be able to start your journey of lifelong learning.
The decision whether an offer is made is mainly based on how well you did at interview. If, however, you feel that the interview didn’t go so well, the worst thing that you can do is panic!
The University of Birmingham use your scores for each station to calculate an average score, and this is used to rank everybody. However, there is no acceptable score. Thereore, if you found an individual station particularly challenging in your Birmingham medicine interview, you may find that many other candidates did too!
If you have sent off your UCAS application and still haven’t been invited to attend an interview, don’t worry! Birmingham state that ‘there is no advantage to attending an interview early’. If your friend is interviewed in November, and you are interviewed in February, you both have the exact same chance of being successful.
Hopefully, reading my three tips for your interview at Birmingham will help you to understand what is needed to start your preparation.
Good luck – remember, if you are called to interview, Birmingham obviously feel that you have the potential to be a medical student there; it’s over to you to prove them right!
Words: Matthew Heneghan
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