In 2019/20, Manchester University received 2795 applications for Medicine, 1587 of which progressed to interview and 870 offers were made. The 2020/21 data is yet to become available.
Manchester Medical School starts by screening all applications to ensure academic requirements meet their threshold for that year. A threshold is also set for the UCAT and any applicant meeting that threshold, along with the minimum academic requirements, will most likely be invited to interview.
Candidates who don’t meet the UCAT threshold may still apply and be considered in a more holistic assessment. However, applicants with a Band 4 in the SJT section of the UCAT will not be considered further.
Application statistics for previous years are published by the University of Manchester and can be found here.
Manchester uses MMI interviews with 4-5 stations, and they usually take place between December and February.
The MMIs were held online for 2022 entry – however, the website currently says it will be updated when the university has decided whether interviews for 2023 entry will be held online or in-person.
The following are common themes in Manchester interview questions:
Sample questions might include:
Manchester interviewers appreciate a natural, conversational approach to answering questions – there is no need to be especially formal in your answers. Over-rehearsed answers will also be seen in a negative light.
Don’t constantly list previous work experience in every answer. You will only gain credit for talking about your experiences if it is directly relevant to the question being asked.
When discussing medical ethics, you need to show understanding of both sides of the argument. You should also show knowledge of the current GMC guidelines on the topic.
When asked about motivation to study Medicine, make sure you speak realistically about the role of a Doctor. It is good to end on a positive note, however the interviewer needs to see that you understand the many challenges that Doctors face in their careers.
There is no strict scoring system available for medical interviews at Manchester University. Their interview page outlines the attributes that examiners are looking out for to decide which applicants will be made an offer.
Applicants progressing to interview will receive a detailed email on the interview process prior to interview.
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