At Buckingham University, there are three stages to the selection process.
Stage 1 involves shortlisting applicants based on academic achievements. No admissions test (e.g. UCAT, BMAT) is required. Candidates who pass this academic selection will progress to Stage 2.
Stage 2 involves a computer-based exam that aims to test how suitable a candidate is to be a Doctor. Those who pass this will then progress to Stage 3, which is the Objective Structured Selection Examination (OSSE). This is essentially an interview in the MMI format.
Selection days for Buckingham University usually start in February and run until May. Below are the dates for 2024 January entry:
Stage 1 is the shortlisting stage, where applicants are checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic (e.g. a minimum of ABB achieved or predicted at A-Level). Personal Statements and references may be checked at this stage.
Those who pass this initial stage will be invited for a Multiple Mini Assessment. Those who pass the MMI will then be invited to an Objective Structured Selection Examination (OSSE).
At Buckingham, there are usually around 1200 applications for 180 places.
Buckingham receives applications directly from students, and not via UCAS. Buckingham usually sends interview invitations from November onwards.
Follow this link for more details on the selection process at Buckingham.
Buckingham University uses the Objective Structured Selection Examination (OSSE), which is an interview conducted in the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format.
For 2022 entry, the interviews were held online. Details of the interview format for 2023 entry have not yet been confirmed. There will be 10 to 12 stations, each lasting 7 minutes.
International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview.
See this blog for details on how to prepare for a digital MMI at Buckingham.
At Buckingham University, the following topics are often covered in Medicine interview questions:
Sample questions might include:
One of the key values of the GMC is ensuring the professionalism of Doctors is of the highest standard. By showing you are able to be professional even before you start Medical School, you will have an advantage in your interview.
Professionalism will be assessed at all stations, regardless of the theme, meaning you can boost your performance on all stations. To start with, dressing smartly is important in making a good impression.
When entering a station, introducing yourself to the interviewer well is important. If there is more than one interviewer, it is vital that you speak to everyone in the room, and remember the importance of eye contact.
Remember to sit up straight to appear engaged, and try to fidget as little as possible. By making all these small changes, you will be sure to come across as a professional individual.
Prepare for ethical scenarios
Understanding the correct way to treat patients is also a core value of the GMC. Showing empathy, combined with a basic understanding of a few ethical principles, will help you to show your ability to care for patients to the highest standard.
A few examples of popular topics include confidentiality, ability to consent and always acting in the patient’s best interests. You may be presented with scenarios to work through, and preparing for these is important.
By practising speaking out loud and discussing dilemmas with friends/family, you will feel much more comfortable on the day of your interview.
Learn how to analyse data presented to you
As well as their role as a practitioner and professional, Doctors are required to be competent scientists and scholars.
As part of this, the MMI circuit may test your ability to critically analyse data. By having a structure to go through, your response will be much more coherent and impress the examiners. It is always good to start by describing the type of data you have been presented with first, so that the examiners know you understand what you are looking at.
For example, if you are given a graph showing the mortality rate over 10 years, tell them this. Only after you have explained what the data is should you try to interpret it. Using words such as positive/negative correlation, upwards/downwards trend will show you have understood the data well.
For further context, you may want to read this article on 5 Things You Might Not Know About Buckingham Medical School.
The decision of an offer will be based on performance at interview only. The total score from all of the stations at the OSSE will be used to rank applicants. No other factors will be considered.
Buckingham usually makes offers from around March onwards, although offers can continue to come through until June and beyond.
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