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

Sheffield University Medical Interviews

The University of Sheffield receives between 2,000 and 3,000 Medicine applications each year, for around 300 places.

The MBChB course also has the Sheffield Discover Medicine Scheme, the Realising Opportunities Scheme and the Widening Participation Scheme, so that contextualised offers can be made to students based on their circumstances.

The Medical School aims to recruit approximately 30 graduate students each year; however this is not a strict limit.

Sheffield is unique from other Medical Schools in that it provides you with the interview questions at the time of invitation. See the tips section below to learn how to use this to your advantage.

How Is Sheffield Interviewing For 2024 Entry Medicine?

Sheffield University will be hosting MMIs (Multiple Mini Interviews) between December and January for 2024 entry Medicine.


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Common Medicine Interview Question Topics At Sheffield University

The following are common themes in Sheffield’s Medicine interview questions:

Sample questions might include:

  • Can you tell me a bit about the curriculum for Medicine at Sheffield?
  • Can you describe some work experience you have undertaken and explain why it will make you a better Doctor?
  • Why do you feel better suited to a career as a Doctor, as opposed to any other health professional?
  • How have you demonstrated an ability to maintain a work-life balance in the past?
  • What are some challenges you expect to face as a Doctor? How will you manage these challenges?
  • Choose a pillar of medical ethics and describe how it improves patient care.
  • What would you do if you were unsuccessful in securing a place at Medical School?

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Tips For Answering Sheffield Interview Questions

Follow these tips to do well in your Sheffield Medical School interview:

  • Sheffield University values volunteer work and care experience just as much as shadowing. Be sure to include a mix of both in your answers.
  • Be aware of some interesting facts about Sheffield as a city, as well as having knowledge of the course.
  • Read Good Medical Practice and be aware of the key themes in it.
  • Sheffield wants well-rounded students on the course. Be prepared to talk about yourself and the things you enjoy outside of your studies.
  • While Sheffield provides you with the questions prior to interview, it is important that you do not learn answers and recite them exactly. The interviewers are looking out for this. It’s better to list bullet points of things you want to mention for each question and formulate a unique answer in the interview, so that the conversation flows more easily.
  • Sheffield uses an integrated approach to learning, with early clinical exposure and full cadaveric dissection. You may need to explain why this course structure suits your style of learning.

How Are Interviews At Sheffield Assessed?

The interview questions are based on eight key themes listed here.

The interviewer will give you a score out of 5 for your answer, where 5= excellent, 4 = good, 3 = satisfactory, 2 = borderline, 1 = unsatisfactory.

In addition, your SJT score from the UCAT will be converted to a score out of 5 to emulate a ninth station, where 5 = first quartile, 4 = second quartile, 3 = third quartile, 2 = fourth quartile.

The maximum score is 45/45. If a candidate gets a score less than 3 on any station, they will not be considered further.


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