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If you’ve been invited to a Medical School interview at BSMS, check out this guide to the common Medicine interview questions you can expect.

BSMS Medical Interviews

Brighton and Sussex Medical School interviews are MMI-style and will take place in January 2023 for UK students and in February 2023 for international students. Both sets of interviews will happen remotely via Zoom (similar to 2021 and 2022 admissions) through the use of breakout rooms.

To shortlist candidates, BSMS ranks applications based on the BMAT, predicted A-Level grades and GCSEs. All students must have sat the BMAT entrance exam in October 2022 for 2023 entry.

BSMS entry requirements for A-Levels are AAA (including Biology and Chemistry) and a minimum of B (or 6) in both Maths and English Language GCSE. The BMAT requirements are a 3 or higher in Section 1, a 6 or higher in Section 2 and a minimum of 2.5C in Section 3.

All of these criteria must be met for BSMS to consider your application.

Those who meet the academic requirements are ranked according to their BMAT score, and the top-scoring candidates will then be invited for an interview.

Interview invites are sent via email and ask candidates to create a BSMS applicant account to use for their MMI interviews. They typically interview around 700 candidates, with roughly 50% of those receiving a conditional offer.

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How Is BSMS Interviewing For 2023 Entry Medicine?

For 2023 entry, Brighton and Sussex Medical School will be holding MMI-style interviews virtually over Zoom.

Candidates are briefed at the start before their individual interview begins. There will be five discussions taking place in separate breakout rooms, each lasting around nine minutes.

A break is usually given in between each station, before joining the next breakout room. The full circuit typically lasts around an hour.

This MMI format is similar for international applicants.

Common Medicine Interview Question Topics At BSMS

At Brighton and Sussex Medical School, interview topics could cover:

Typical Medicine interview questions include:

  • Why do you want to study Medicine?
  • Why do you want to study at BSMS?
  • What is the biggest issue that the NHS is currently facing?
  • What did you learn from your work experience?
  • What are the current health issues that stand out to you in the Brighton and Hove area?
  • What stood out for you during your work experience?
  • What are some of the values that the NHS embodies?
  • What is your understanding of the Good Medical Practice outlined by the GMC?
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Tips For Answering BSMS Interview Questions

Brighton and Sussex Medical School is known to test candidates on medical ethics and core values, as well as why they want to study at BSMS. As such, it’s important to read up on the BSMS course structure and prospectus alongside its core values and attributes.

BSMS also tests students on hot topics and healthcare issues (especially relating to the Brighton and Hove area). Leading up to your interview, ensure you have researched the current issues faced by the NHS and how healthcare is developing.

Each MMI station will present with a different discussion, so stay focused and don’t let your mind stay on the previous station as you move to the new one. Practise with family and friends to build your confidence in speaking coherently and concisely.

Remember, examiners are looking for succinct yet comprehensive responses that answer the questions that they ask.

How Are Interviews At BSMS Assessed?

BSMS evaluates each candidate’s interview based on a scoring and ranking system. Each aspect of the applicant’s discussions will be rated either inadequate, average, good or excellent. Numerical scores are additionally given out of 10 for each discussion based on their ratings, which gives them a combined score out of 50 (for the five discussions).

From previous admissions statistics, successful candidates have usually been known to score ‘good’ or above across all their stations, however, the marking criteria can vary from year to year.

Personal Statements are not used as an admission criterion throughout the BSMS application process.

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