Medicine interviews for Newcastle University usually start in December and run until February. The dates for 2023 entry have not yet been finalised.
All applicants are initially shortlisted on the minimum academic requirements. No other factors such as the Personal Statement or references are considered at this stage.
Those who pass this initial academic screening are ranked based on their UCAT score alone. The highest-scoring students will receive an invitation to interview.
The UCAT threshold varies each year, depending on the scores of other students applying in that year. For 2021 entry, the UCAT threshold was 2820 for the A100 course, 2720 for widening participation students applying to the A100 course, and 3030 for the A200 course.
For 2021 entry into the A100 course, there were 2439 applications for 342 places. Of those, there were 992 interviews and 662 offers were made post-interview.
Newcastle expects to offer around 1100 interviews for 2023 entry.
Newcastle usually sends interview invitations via an automated mail, requesting candidates to book an interview slot. It is therefore important to check your emails regularly.
Newcastle University uses the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format for its Medicine interviews. There are 7 MMI stations, with 7 minutes allotted to each station. One of these stations is usually a role play scenario.
As exceptions, for 2021 and 2022 entry, MMIs were adapted and held online. Instead of the 11 stations, there were 2 MMI stations, with each lasting 15 minutes. There is no information currently on whether interviews will be online or in-person for 2023 entry.
International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview. This interview will be in a panel format, with two interviewers, usually conducted via Zoom.
At Newcastle, the following topics are usually covered in MMI interview questions:
Sample questions might include:
Know what they are looking for
Newcastle wants to see you demonstrate various attributes (listed above) and find out certain things about you, such as your motivation to be a Doctor and your compatibility with the MBBS programme.
Make sure you go through these criteria before your interview and think how you would approach questions relating to them.
Stay calm and focused
Each MMI station is 7 minutes long, and there are 7 stations with a break between each one. This means that the interview is almost an hour in total, which is quite a long amount of time to stay focused for. So, make sure you practise for this.
Use the breaks between each station to refresh your mind and focus. The interviewers know that you will likely be feeling nervous, but the more relaxed you are, the better the interview will go.
One of the best things about an MMI at Newcastle is that the first station involves a 2-minute ice breaker. Use this to relax and get comfortable talking to your interviewer.
Prepare for role play stations
As part of your MMI at Newcastle, you will face a role play scenario. This can seem daunting, but try not to worry about it. Practise role play scenarios before your interview with someone like a friend or teacher, so that you feel comfortable when it comes to your interview.
Remember, you are not being judged on your acting skills. The interviewers are looking at how you communicate and use your empathy skills.
Know that interviewers don’t have access to your Personal Statement
Your interviewers will not ask you directly about your Personal Statement. However, it’s still a good idea to look back over what you wrote, as this can be a useful starting point for your answers.
Be ready and well prepared
You will be expected to dress smartly and appropriately for your interview at Newcastle. Make sure you have properly read all of the information from the university, to ensure you bring everything that is required on the day. It is also advisable to take water with you as the MMI circuit is quite long and you will be talking a lot.
Newcastle runs multiple MMIs at the same time. There will be many people arriving for their interview simultaneously. Arrive with plenty of time to find where you have to go and check in, so that you can stay as relaxed as possible.
See this guide, from a medical student who succeeded in the interview, for more tips on how to answer interview questions at Newcastle.
Offers are based on performance at interview. All candidates will be ranked by their score. Personal Statements and references are reviewed at this point, but they are not given a formal score.
Newcastle does not make any decisions in terms of offers until all interviews have been completed. So, the earliest possible date for a decision will be February 2023.
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