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

Cardiff University Medical Interviews

Medicine interviews for Cardiff University usually start in January.

To shortlist candidates for interview, Cardiff scores applications. Points are awarded for nine GCSE subjects, which must include Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Maths. For grade 8, 9 or A*, you score 3 points; for grade 7 or A, you score 2 points; for grade 6 or B, you score 1 point.

The cut-off score for interview varies each year, as it depends on the competition. The UCAT score may also be used as part of the interview shortlisting or offer selection process.

Invitations to interview are sent via email, normally in early December, with a link to Cardiff University’s online booking system.

Cardiff University typically interviews around 1,200 applicants and makes offers to around 700 interviewees.


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How Is Cardiff Interviewing For 2024 Entry Medicine?

Cardiff University uses the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format for Medicine interviews. Cardiff have stated that they are currently reviewing the interview process and therefore it is likely that they will be doing verbal interviews only and may include 6 stations.

Last year, MMIs for 2023 entry were held online. This will be the same for 2024 entry.

International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview.

Common Medicine Interview Question Topics At Cardiff University

At Cardiff University, you can expect topics for Medicine interview questions to include:

  • the course in Cardiff
  • ethics
  • your understanding of a career in Medicine
  • the NHS
  • working in teams
  • self-directed learning
  • motivation
  • empathy
  • resilience
  • communication
  • leadership ability
  • time management

Cardiff states that its interview questions are designed to test:

  • whether you can think on your feet
  • how you have considered some of the issues that are important to the medical profession
  • whether you can critically appraise information
  • your ability to communicate ideas effectively
  • if you have the personal qualities and attributes that are important to be a good Doctor

Sample questions might include:

  • What does patient confidentiality mean?
  • What are the key challenges the Welsh NHS is facing?
  • Would you describe yourself as a leader or a follower?
  • Why do you want to study Medicine?
  • Why is it important for Doctors to have empathy?

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Tips For Answering Cardiff University Interview Questions

In any MMI interview, you need to stay focused on the station at hand. Forget about how you performed at each station when you move on to the next one.

For your MMI at Cardiff University, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with medical ethics and keep up-to-date with NHS hot topics so that you’re able to discuss issues which are important to the medical profession.

Cardiff University teaches Medicine through case-based learning (CBL), a type of PBL which involves independent study. Before your interview, make sure you know about CBL and why it appeals to you. Doing this research beforehand will already show that you are a self-motivated and independent learner, and will really help during the interview process.

Also do some reading about Cardiff’s course structure and features, such as the opportunity for clinical placements throughout Wales. As the university and its clinical placements are based in Wales, it’s wise to have some knowledge of the Welsh NHS.

See also:
How I Prepared For My Cardiff University Interview and Got An Offer
3 Tips for a Cardiff Medicine Interview

How Are Interviews At Cardiff University Assessed?

Different MMI stations aim to evaluate different traits or strengths. For a full overview of what the different stations assess, see this guide to MMI interview questions.

Interviewees will be provided with feedback after all of the interviews have been completed. This is typically sent a few weeks later.


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