Medicine interviews for Leeds University usually start in December and run until February. Exact dates have not yet been confirmed for 2023 entry.
To shortlist candidates for interview, all applications are first checked to ensure that they meet the minimum academic requirements (e.g. minimum of AAA predicted for A-Level). Those who pass the entry requirements are then assessed based on achieved grades (e.g. GCSEs), predicted grades (e.g. A-Levels) and the BMAT score.
The candidates with the top rankings are invited to interview. Leeds expects to interview around 750 candidates this year.
For 2021 entry into the A100 course, there were 2570 applications for 274 places. Of those, there were 960 interviews and 304 offers were made post-interview.
Leeds begins to send interview invitations in batches from December onwards.
Leeds University uses the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format for its Medicine interviews. There are usually 8 MMI stations, with 6 minutes allotted to each station.
As exceptions, for 2021 and 2022 entry, MMIs were adapted and held online. There is no definitive information currently on whether interviews will be online or in-person for 2023 entry.
International applicants should also be prepared for an interview.
At Leeds University, the following topics are typically covered in Medicine interview questions:
Sample questions might include:
Learn role play techniques
If you’ve been invited to an MMI, it’s likely that you will face a role play station. Leeds states that it may use role play as one of its stations, so make sure you are prepared and feel comfortable with this type of station.
Try to have a basic framework in mind. Make sure you introduce yourself and shake the other person’s hand upon entering the cubicle (as you would in any other station). After that, a good technique is to explain why you are there and why you have come to speak to them today (you will get this information from the scenario description before entering the station). By doing this, you can summarise the scenario and give yourself a bit more time to think about what you’re actually going to say/do. Also ensure that you maintain eye contact, respond to what the person says and how they behave, and show empathy.
It’s a good idea to practise role play scenarios with someone like a friend or a teacher beforehand, so you can get used to the format.
Show your thought process in Situational Judgement
If you face a Situational Judgement station, this could be in various forms – for example, you might have to discuss whether you think a response to a particular situation is appropriate, very appropriate, inappropriate, or very inappropriate (like in the UCAT SJT section), or you could be asked to rank different responses to a situation.
Try to verbalise your thought process as much as possible. This will help you come to a final answer and will demonstrate your ability to problem-solve and prioritise.
Forget about the station you’ve just done and move on
Leeds has 8 MMI stations, so it’s vital that you clear your mind between stations and don’t dwell on your previous performance.
Remember – the interviewer at your next station doesn’t know how you performed in previous ones. It’s normal for some stations to go a bit pear-shaped. If you didn’t perform perfectly at every station, this doesn’t mean you won’t get an offer.
See here for further tips on how to approach a Leeds Medical School interview.
The decision of an offer will be based on performance at interview alone. No other factors, such as previous academic performance, will be considered at this stage.
Leeds usually sends out offers from February onwards, after all interviews are completed.
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