17th January 2023
During your Medical School interview, it’s very likely that you will be asked why you applied there – and you’ll only be able to answer if you’ve done some research into the university and its Medicine course. These tips will help you to tackle common interview questions that test your knowledge of Medical School.

Research The Medical School

There are many Medical Schools in the UK, so what compelled you to apply to this one?

Medical Schools want to know why you’re interested in studying there, so it’s important to have an answer! Try to steer clear of generic responses that involve talking about the Medical School’s ranking or saying that your friends have applied there too.

Instead, take the time to research the Medical School – what makes it different from others? Are there any unique aspects of the course such as the teaching style or the clinical placement opportunities? Think about why this particular Medical School would be a good fit for you.


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Speak To A Medical Student At That University

What better way to gain insight than by talking to a medical student at the university you’re applying to? They can provide information about:

  • The course itself
  • Workload expectation and pressure
  • Clinical placement experiences
  • General advice about adapting to Medical School/university life

Perhaps you already know someone who is studying at the Medical School where you’ve secured an interview and can reach out to them. If not, don’t worry! Check out the UCAS website – it has the option to chat with students.

Not only will this give you more insight, it will also demonstrate to interviewers that you have taken initiative to learn more about the Medical School and therefore have a genuine interest in studying there.

Think About What You Can Offer

Whilst it’s crucial to consider why the Medical School is a good fit for you, thinking about what you can bring to the university is equally important. Think about the qualities you possess in both academic and non-academic settings. Interviewers want to know why they should select you above other applicants.

Remember, it is a fine balance between being confident in yourself and being cocky. Use realistic and personalised examples, rather than making grand claims about what you will accomplish when you are at Medical School.


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Don’t Underestimate Extracurricular Activities

You might not expect it, but interviewers may want to know what extracurricular activities you plan to take part in whilst you’re at Medical School.

The purpose of this question is to find out whether you are someone who can juggle the pressures of Medical School and make time for non-academic commitments. Candidates who can do this demonstrate good time management, which is a key skill for Doctors to have.

If there are any new sports or activities at the university that you are keen to try, mention them! It’s always a plus to show interviewers that you are open-minded and willing to try new things.

Practise Common Questions

One of the best ways to prepare for your interview is to practise answering common questions.

Check out our guide to knowledge of Med School questions with top tips on how to answer them.



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