Medicine interviews for Keele University usually start in December and run until March. This is the confirmed date range for 2023 entry.
For candidates to be considered for interview, they must first meet the minimum academic and aptitude test requirements. Those who pass this initial academic screening are ranked based on their Roles + Responsibilities (R+R) forms. The draft R+R form for 2023 entry can be accessed here.
UCAT scores will not be considered any further, except as a tie-breaker between students with the same score on the R+R form. The UCAT cut-off score for 2022 entry was 2280 Band 4. The cut-off varies each year, depending on the competition.
For international students, shortlisting is based on BMAT rankings. The total score is calculated by adding the three section scores together and adjusting the Section 3 score, based on the alphabetic (A to E) score. This gives a score out of a total possible of 24.25. The cut-off depends on the competition for that year.
For 2021 entry into the A100 course, there were 2,393 applications for 164 places. 572 interview offers were made and 305 offers were made post-interview.
Keele sends interview invitations on a rolling basis from December onwards. It aims to send invitations out at least two weeks before the interview date. An early interview does not indicate a better application or an increased likelihood of receiving an offer.
Keele University uses the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format for its Medicine interviews. There are usually eleven MMI stations, with five minutes allotted to each station.
As exceptions, for 2021 and 2022 entry, MMIs were adapted and held online. Instead of the eleven stations, there were two MMI stations, each lasting 15 minutes. There is no information yet on whether interviews will be online or in-person for 2023 entry.
International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview.
At Keele University, the following topics are covered in the Medicine interview questions:
Sample questions might include:
1. Make sure you fill out the roles and responsibilities (R+R) form carefully and thoroughly. The university uses this form to know more about your non-academic achievements. Try to get as much information across that demonstrates your suitability for Medicine at Keele.
The criteria used to assess this form is:
2. Look at Keele’s website to find detailed information about the R+R form and their MMIs.
3. Know what to expect at your Keele MMI and make sure that you are comfortable answering questions on the topics that could be asked.
4. Be aware of the numeracy skills assessment, which is a 30-minute clinical maths test you’ll sit before or after the interview. This test includes 20 questions and a simple calculator can be used. If you haven’t done maths recently, it might be worth brushing up on your basic maths skills.
5. Know your timings, as five minutes can go by fast. It’s important that you practise running through answers under timed conditions.
Offers are made based on performance at interview. Candidates with borderline interview scores will be ranked based on their aptitude test (UCAT/BMAT) score and/or widening participation factors, to decide which candidates receive the final offer. No other factors will be considered.
The earliest date that Keele confirms decisions is January. Candidates whose interview score is close to the cut-off for an offer will be put on a waiting list.
Keele endeavours to make all final decisions by the end of March.
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