Medical School Interviews: Will They Be Online or In Person?
There are several steps to the admissions process in order to enter medical school and begin your training in the medical field. Once you submit your UCAS application and make it through the first stage of the process, you will be invited to attend the interview stage. If you are applying from the UK then this interview will either be in person at the university or in rare cases online. If you are applying as an international student, the interview can take place at the university, online, or in another country closer to your place of residence.
The interview stage can be a very stressful one with students often being confused about what prep they should do and what style of interview their university of choice might be holding. We recommend that you don’t wait to get interview invites and begin prep as soon as possible. You can do this by going to the specific university’s website and looking at what exactly they want from their applicants and what they will be assessing.
There are two types of interviews that take place:
Multiple Mini Interviews: This involves the students going through various stations (usually 5-8) that assess different skills such as problem-solving, communication, team working, etc. These stations have different examiners, are timed (usually 5-10 mins) and are individually marked.
Traditional (Panel) interviews: In this, the student is asked various questions by a panel of people over a longer period of time. This type of interview assesses similar skills as the MMIs but can take place over a day or two.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several medical schools had switched to doing their interviews online and some are still continuing to do so. When you get your interview invite, it would be good practice to ensure whether it is online or in person.
When do interviews start?
Each university has a different process for conducting interviews. Some can start as early as November, and some don’t start till January. Very few universities still do interviews after March. The general overall timeline is usually from November-March. If, however, it comes to Christmas time and you still haven’t received an interview offer, don’t stress! Some universities do their interviews in different batches spread out throughout their interview timeline and keep sending interview invites throughout. Whereas some universities like doing all of their interviews together and sending out invites in a lump sum. It is important to have a thorough understanding of how your chosen university does things and set your expectations accordingly.
When are the decisions made?
Again, with this as well, different universities do things differently. Some would let you know of the interview outcome and the application decision within a couple of weeks whereas some can take months. A few others wait for the entire interview timeline to be over before letting everyone know of the outcome together.
To make the whole process a little easier, we have compiled a list of all the universities below with some important starting bits relating to their individual interview processes. This list can either help you in making your selections when deciding which university to apply to or can help you get a starting point when preparing for the interviews.
We have tried to be as up-to-date and accurate as possible with this list but would recommend that you check with your chosen university by either contacting them or going to their website to ensure you get the best information.
University of Aberdeen Interview
Emailed to the address linked to your UCAS account
When are interviews held?
19th December 2022 – end of March 2023
What are they looking for?
The admissions procedure at Aberdeen involves the detailed assessment and scoring of a range of aspects of an application, including academic attainment/predictions (30%), UCAT (20%), and then subsequent interview performance (50%).
Applications are ranked against all the others received for that year’s entry and those who score sufficiently well achieve an interview.
Anglia Ruskin Interview
The Admissions Team will send you information about booking and accessing your MMI.
When are interviews held?
5 – 9 December 2022 12 – 13 December 5 – 6 January 2023 9 – 13 January 16 January
-communication skills – critical thinking – moral reasoning – teamwork and leadership – empathy – problem solving – interpersonal skills
No (Chelmsford campus)
If invited to interview, you’ll face six MMI stations that last six minutes each. You’ll be scored in three domains on each station, and the scores added together. The three domains include:
communication and interpersonal skills
initiative and problem solving
personal integrity and moral reasoning.
Each domain is marked out of five, so each MMI station carries a maximum score of 15. The maximum score across eight stations is 90.
Our interviewers will also give you a ‘Global Score’ which could be:
The score is not used as part of the ranking of candidates, but provides further useful information in the event of needing a ‘tie-breaker’ decision. If a candidate is suspected of providing false information, it may result in immediate disqualification from your application being considered.
– understanding of studying and practising Medicine – motivation – verbal communication – listening skills – understanding of teamwork – understanding of leadership skills – understanding of compassion, respect and dignity – problem-solving
The MMIs will consist of 7-10 eight-minute stations which will be mapped to the General Medical Council’s Promoting Excellence and the NHS Constitution Framework. They’re holding MMIs online for 2023 entry and you can get more information on their website.
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry Interview
Barts shortlists candidates for interview by scoring you based on your UCAS tariff and UCAT score. From over 2,500 applicants, they shortlist 800 for interview and make roughly 440 offers. Panel interviews were online last year – check their website for the most up-to-date information.
– commitment and insight into medicine as a career – communication – ability to evaluate information – empathy -self-insight and reflection – ethical reasoning data analysis and interpretation.
The interview process is designed to help assess your suitability for a career in medicine aside from academic excellence so that we can train students to become doctors who will embrace the values of the NHS including respect, compassion, resilience and commitment to quality of care.
They interview around 1,300 of our highest-scoring applicants and make up to 850 offers to the highest performing candidates. The weighting is: 45% academic, 30% UCAT and 25% contextual. The MMI circuit will comprise six or seven 8-minute stations (each including 2 minutes of reading time) and will be a mix of interviews, role-play and calculation tasks. MMIs are being held in-person for 2023 entry and you can find out more here.
They expect to have 193 places for new UK entrants in September 2023. Applicants meeting or predicted to meet their academic requirements will be ranked by the BMAT score, with the top ranking candidates invited to interview. The interviews will be taking place remotely via the Zoom video conferencing software, as they did in 2021 and 2022.
Zoom’s breakout rooms function allows us to run MMIs in a similar manner as we would ordinarily in-person, consisting of five discussion stations with a variety of interviewers.
The BSMS interview usually includes five MMI circuits of 10 minutes each, with the whole thing lasting an hour. MMI results will be considered by the Admissions Review Group, with decisions being made from January until April 2023.
This year’s interviews will be hosted remotely via the Zoom platform. The formal interview will last approximately 30 minutes in a structured interview format, with four assessors in total. Each assessor will assess your response separately; these independent scores will form an average for each question, which will produce your final interview score. The highest-scoring interviewees will be given an offer of a place, with UCAT scores used as a tie-breaker when necessary.
Our admissions process consists of three stages: the first stage is to submit an application with all supporting documents (either via UCAS or directly to us), via the Apply button.
If the applicant meets or is predicted to meet, our entry requirements, they are invited to the second stage to complete the Multiple Mini Assessment, a computer-based test made up of a series of tasks intended to test students’ analysis, interpretation and judgement abilities.
Applicants that achieve a satisfactory grade in the Multiple Mini Assessment, are invited to the third stage which is the Multiple Mini Interview, consisting of a number of observed structured selection examinations.
Exceptionally high performing students may receive an offer after stage 2 in the process, all other offers are made after the multiple mini interview events
We hold numerous selection days during each admissions cycle.
Brunel University London Interview
Invitations to interview are issued on a rolling basis. Candidates are normally given two – four weeks’ notice.
– communication skills, empathy and compassion – ethical reasoning – professionalism – data interpretation and gathering – problem-solving – personal qualities and motivation, to study Medicine – work experience, – understanding of what it means to have a career in Medicine – current affairs in the media.
They use a Virtual Multiple Mini Interview (vMMI) format – designed so that candidates engage in a number of short interviews, using a range of different interviewers.
There will be a series of three vMMIs taking place in December 2022, February 2023 and March 2023. An additional series of interviews may take place later in the cycle if places are still available.
The vMMIs will be conducted online with candidates and assessors participating remotely. An online interview pack will be provided to invited candidates in advance to explain the process.
Each candidate will be assessed at 6 mini-interview ‘stations’, each designed to assess a different attribute, blueprinted to Good Medical Practice.
– Scientific and related competencies – Personal qualities and communications skills – Understanding of the professional and career requirements
The University of Cambridge uses traditional interviews for its selection process, but there isn’t much information on their website about the process. Interviews for 2023 entry (or deferred entry in 2024) will take place online, except for UK-based applicants to Trinity College.
Your invitation to interview will confirm:
what you need for your interview
what platform we’ll be using (Zoom or Whereby)
details of how to access your interview on the day
– whether you have a good understanding of GMC guidelines – can think on your feet – have thought about some of the issues that are important to the profession – can critically appraise information – can communicate ideas effectively.
It isn’t specified on their website whether interviews will be online or in-person for 2023 entry. They focus on exploring the personal qualities and attributes that are important to your future career development.
University of Central Lancashire Interview
Invitations to interview are issued on a rolling basis.
– Academic curiosity and interest in healthcare – Motivation for and understanding of a career in medicine (including robustness for the course) – Problem solving and reasoning ability – Professional attitudes and values (factors such as flexibility, integrity, empathy, honesty, conscientiousness and compassion) – Team work, leadership, resilience and individual strengths – Communication skills (including verbal ability, listening skills, eye contact)
Only for Overseas applicants
For applications received for 2023 entry onwards, they will no longer be using the Personal Statement as part of the selection procedure.
From 2023 entry onwards, they will be using BMAT scores alone to select eligible students for interview. Selection will be based upon the ranked sum score of Section 1 and Section 2, plus meeting a minimum of 2.5B in Section 3.
The MMI will consist of up to 8 ‘stations’ that candidates will rotate around, and each station will be 5 minutes in length. You will have one minute before the station begins to read some basic instructions relating to the content of the station, and you will then be instructed to enter the station and begin. The interviewer will ask you 2-3 questions during the 5 minutes. More details on their website.
– Ability to think critically and flexibly, on your feet – Communication skills – Teamworking skills – Work experience – Personal values
Only for overseas applicants in case of travel restrictions
Face-to-face interviews will involve moving from one station to another and meeting a different interviewer at each station. Remote interviews will take the form of a panel interview, with the same panel interviewing for all stations.
In both formats, you will discuss five scenarios during your interview.
There will be a short break in between each scenario where you will have time to read the briefing material for the next station before answering the questions.
– motivation for wanting to join the Medicine programme at Edge Hill University – verbal communication skills – integrity/probity – teamwork/leadership – empathy and compassion – awareness of current health challenges – ethical awareness – awareness of self and others – prioritisation/decision making – interpretation of data.
No (Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre on the Edge Hill University campus, near Ormskirk)
Edge Hill University ranks candidates by their UCAT score and invites everyone who meets the threshold to interview.
During the process there will be a total of 8 interview stations (plus 2 rest stations), as above, with each station being 7 minutes in duration.
You will have a total of 2 minutes to read and digest the presented scenario immediately before each MMI station. The station at which you start will be selected at random, and at each station, you will discuss a scenario or perform a task. You will then rotate to the next station in the sequence using a 1-minute gap. As such, each station will take 10 minutes in total.
You should allow approximately 3 hours for the process. Below is the general programme for the day:
Arrival – please report to the University’s Main Reception. This is building 1 on our Campus map. From here you will be directed to the registration point where you will be signed in and your qualifications will be checked.
Your photograph will also be taken and passed to the interview team so that they are able to check the person that has been signed in is the same person that enters the interview.
Introduction and overview of the programme
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI’s)
Candidate evaluation of the day
Student-led campus tours
Family and friends are welcome to accompany candidates for the introductory session and the campus tour. A designated waiting area will be provided.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an assessment half-day, during which they will have an opportunity to find out more about studying medicine in Edinburgh, as well as undergoing a series of short interviews. Candidates invited for assessment day will be provided with more information about the structure of the day.
The interview style will be Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The interview may take place either in person or online.
Assistance for travel is available to those who meet certain eligibility criteria.
All applications are considered on an individual basis and offers will be made by the end of MarchTo be successful, you need to get a yes in at least five of the seven stations. If there are too many people for places, your UCAT score will be used as the tie-breaker. To look at further information about their admissions process for 2023, please go through this document.
For 2023 entry, The interviews will take place online via Zoom.
The interview session will last around 30 minutes in total, divided into two sections – a panel A and a panel B. Panel A will explore what being a doctor means and related topics around this. The panel B section will focus more on the applicant as a future doctor and will include discussion of an ethical scenario – applicants choose one from two given scenarios.
The interviews are conversational, with no writing required at any stage of the process. The only part of the interview that requires reading is the panel B section, where the applicant reads two ethical scenarios and chooses one for discussion. We have included additional time in the time allocated for this task in order to be inclusive of applicants who have additional needs. The scenarios are also very brief, only two or three sentences.
Applicants will be interviewed by two interviewers, who cover both Panel A and Panel B.
– your personal characteristics and values – your ability to think critically – Teamworking skills
Their MMI format involves three mini-interviews, a group work scenario, an individual scenario and a student station exploring why you want to be a Doctor. You get five minutes, plus two minutes of preparation time, for each station. Their website currently doesn’t say whether MMIs will be online or in-person this year.
15 points each
The mini-interviews will each focus on:
Your understanding of current issues in medicine
Insight into, and motivation for, a medical career
– Team work and Leadership – Motivation to study medicine – Understanding the role of a doctor – Empathy and breaking bad news – Ethics scenarios – Imperial and contribution to the school of medicine – Resilience
For 2023 – 24 admission year, the MMIs have been split in two parts:
One online-asynchronous section: this will take part in January 2023
One face-to-face part: this will happen on an online platform in February/March 2023
– motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career – the capacity to deal with stressful situations – evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution – evidence of working as a leader and a team member – the ability to multitask – likely contribution to university life – communication skills and maturity of character
Interviews are usually held at the School of Medicine building on the Keele University campus. Each candidate will have a similarly structured multiple mini-interview. The format for interviews for 2023 entry is currently to be confirmed, and will be detailed here once verified.
Interviewers are drawn from the University, local healthcare settings (hospital and community) and the wider local community. All interviewers have undergone specific training for interviewing prospective medical students.
We reserve the right to alter the form of the interview to allow all interviews to be conducted on an equitable basis under any restrictions that may be imposed. This may include conducting interviews remotely by video call.
Interviews are likely to take place during the period from December 2022 to March 2023.
Roles & Responsibilities (R&R) form
The Roles and Responsibilities form is our main tool for selecting applicants with a UK/Home fee status for interview. It provides an opportunity for applicants to tell us about:
experiences they have undertaken that demonstrate their direct engagement with people in a supportive, assistive or caring role
their ability to handle responsibility
their understanding of how somebody has benefited from help, support or care they have provided
– A resilient all-rounder – A realistic and committed attitude to medical training – A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives – Ability to communicate effectively and to work well in a team for the benefit of others – Ability to treat others with dignity and respect – An empathetic ability to appreciate and regard other points of view – A willingness to accept responsibility – Academic ability and potential
Not mentioned on website
Shortlisted applicants are invited via their KentVision account to book into an available appointment for Multi-station Mini Interviews (MMI).
KMMS Multi-station Mini Interviews are considerably different to the majority of UK medical schools, so interview preparation courses might be less useful; previous applicants have commented that some of these preparation courses organised at school or commercially were positively disadvantageous for the KMMS process. We do not recommend any particular preparation, but advise applicants to be alert, organised, and in good form to show us the best version of yourself. We communicate extensively with our applicants to prepare them for the process, please see MMI section on our website.
There were six short stations were labelled as data handling, problem analysis, situational judgement, roleplay, task, and values-based stations. The six short stations were 7 minutes each, with 2 minute intervals, followed by a 42 minute group station, in which applicants were individually assessed. These ran in person in 2020 and 2022. In 2021, and for international applicants in 2022, KMMS ran remote interviews, with 3 short stations and a group station KMMS does not commit to the same number or type of stations for 2023 entry, although we will likely retain the same time formats.
– communication skills – exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related – assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional – contribution to the university as a whole.
Doesn’t specify on website
When drawing up their shortlist, King’s looks at everything: your GCSEs and A-Levels, your UCAT score, and your Personal Statement. All applications are carefully considered and therefore you should not expect a decision post-interview until the cycle has completed in May.
Information regarding interviews will be detailed in the information communicated via King’s Apply to those who are invited to an interview.
They operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team at the time.
– your career choice, work experience or suitability for a medical career – comprehension – suitability for Lancaster’s problem-based learning curriculum
Not specified on website
The MMI consists of 12-15 different ‘stations’, most of which will be five minutes long. Some stations will consist of a short interview, where you may be asked questions about your career choice, work experience or suitability for a medical career. At others, you may be asked to read a short paragraph or watch a short video clip, take some notes and then discuss at a subsequent station. An additional 20 minute station will involve group work and will assess your suitability for our problem-based learning curriculum. Applicants who are selected for interview will be sent detailed information prior to their interview. The applicant’s performance at each station is assessed by trained interviewers, against clearly defined criteria. Interviewers include members of University staff, NHS clinicians, local GPs, patients and public representatives, and medical students.
University of Leeds Interview
In batches from December
When are interviews held?
What are they looking for?
They take into account your BMAT score, academic record, and Personal Statement when shortlisting for interview. Please note that a student cannot be interviewed twice for the medical undergraduate programme in any given year: this means theyu would not be able to accept an application from a candidate for both the Gateway to Medicine programme (6 years including the Gateway year) AND the standard 5 year MB ChB programme.
They typically have eight six-minute MMI stations and their website currently mentions online interviews.
Leicester Medical School Interview
November to February
When are interviews held?
8 -16 December 2022 5 – 13 January 2023# 9 – 17 February 2023
– Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession – Insight into your own strengths and weaknesses – Ability to reflect on your own work – Personal organisation – Academic ability – Problem solving – Ability to deal with uncertainty – Ability to manage risk and deal effectively with problems – Ability to take responsibility for your own actions – Conscientiousness – Insight into your own health – Communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking – Teamwork abilities – Ability to treat people with compassion, respect and dignity – Resilience and the ability to deal with difficult situations – Empathy and the ability to care for others – Honesty – Emotional intelligence – Ethical judgement
They rank by UCAT score and academic record and the highest-ranked candidates will get an invite to interview. Around 1,000 people are interviewed and roughly 850 offers are made for the 290 places available. Where two or more applicants are equally ranked, your UCAS form score may be used as a tie-breaker.
– motivation for Medicine – teamwork -work experience – communication – NHS awareness – ethical scenarios
The University of Liverpool’s School of Medicine admissions process is fully in line with the General Medical Council’s Selecting for Excellence Report and Values Based Recruitment. Therefore, no candidate will be made an offer without interview. For E2023 online semi-structured interviews will be offered and the interviews are scheduled for 9th January 2023 until the 10th February 2023. Any applicant who is invited to interview will be advised of further details when issued with their interview invitation.
– ability to communicate – why do you want to be a Doctor? – previous caring experience – matters of a medical interest – ethical and other issues
The interview process for 2023 entry will adopt a five-station multiple mini interview (MMI) format, with each station being marked by a separate interviewer.
Whether you choose for your interview to be in person or on Zoom, all candidates will be assessed and interviews conducted in exactly the same way – the only difference will be whether you attend campus in person, or online.
The interview in each station will be eight minutes long with a two-minute gap between stations. No information will be provided in advance, and there will be no reading or writing component to any of the online or in-person interview stations.
– integrity (honesty and probity) – communication – empathy and self-awareness – motivation and commitment to be a Doctor – compatibility with the MBBS programme – teamwork (including leadership) – personal organisation – persistence and resilience
Each station lasts for seven minutes with an extra two-minute ice breaker question in the first station. One of the stations involves a role-play scenario.
For applicants classed as “International”, for fees purposes, a panel interview involving two selectors will be arranged. For convenience, this can be carried out via Zoom in the applicant’s home country. If international applicants would prefer to visit Newcastle University, we welcome them to have their panel interview on campus. The same categories as mentioned above will be assessed and graded by our selectors during the panel interviews.
– your personal statement or why you have applied for a particular course – questions about Medicine – the subjects that you are currently studying at school or college
Shortlisting is done by ranking your GCSE performance and BMAT score, with the top candidates getting an invite. Those shortlisted will be interviewed by two colleges: where possible, one will be your college of choice (or allocation, if you made an open application), the second will be allocated to you randomly.
The order in which colleges see you will be arbitrary, and therefore the college interviewers will not be aware of your college choice (or allocation) at the time of the interviews, and you should not reveal it to them.
The number and format of interviews at each college may vary but the selection criteria are common to all colleges. You will be interviewed by at least two academics at each college and by at least one practising clinician. You cannot predict whether your application has been successful by counting the number of interviews you receive, so don’t become anxious if you receive either more or fewer than you expect!
– integrity – veracity and honesty – flexibility – motivation and commitment – empathy and being non-judgmental – communication skills – potential for leadership – insight into the roles and responsibilities of a doctor, dentist, dental care professional or healthcare scientist – ability to be a team player – ability to deal with stress appropriately – problem solving skills – students who know their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses – reflectiveness – students who demonstrate a suitable approach to life and people.
The interviews follow a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) structure. You will be assessed across four single assessor stations, which takes approximately 50 minutes.
– communication skills – depth and breadth of interests (achievements in specific fields) – evidence of commitment for caring – knowledge of and interest in study in Sheffield – medical work experience/extended Project Qualification – motivation for Medicine – understanding the nature of Medicine – values and attitudes – outside interests
Their MMIs comprise a series of eight sections and you will receive questions with your invitation. You can get more information here.
University of Southampton Interview
Selection Day, including panel interview and group discussion
-Academic ability and intellect -Empathy -Initiative and resilience -Communication skills -Organisation and problem solving -Team work -Insight and integrity -Effective learning style
An MMI consists of six interview questions, which take around four minutes each. The interviewers sit at ‘stations’ and the interviewees move around them. Each ‘station’ may involve answering a question, completing a practical task, or participating in a role play, for example, dealing with a challenging situation.
– motivation/experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career – empathy and insight – awareness of ethical issues in health and society – comprehension – effective communication
For September 2023 entry, our multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) will take place in-person, where candidates undertake a series of short interview stations. The stations will examine a range of skills and aptitudes. The format of stations may vary from a 1:1 traditional interview through to a role-play.
– Communication Skills – Problem-solving skills – Coping with pressure – Insight and Integrity – Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
The entry interview process is structured to take account of these qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’, and the capacity to meet the outcomes of ‘Outcomes for Graduates’
-Team working -Insight -Resilience -Communication -Empathy -Probity -Respect and dignity
In preparation for your MMI you may wish to reflect on your work experiences and the core values that medical schools are looking for as set out in the NHS Constitution and explained in the MSC guidance core values and aptitutes needed to study medicineLink opens in a new window.
Please see this document for a guide to our expectations regarding communication at the MMI and this document for a brief guide to reflection.
How to Prepare For Medicine Interviews
Get lots of practice!! This cannot be stressed enough. The more you practice the better you will be! You can join several courses such as the FutureDoc’s own Elite course where we run weekly sessions to talk about Hot topics and get students to practice their skills. You can find out more about the Elite Programme here.
Have a look at some of FutureDoc’s free resources to help with interview prep.
Read through our blog to get some tips to help you ace your interview.
Revise the NHS hot topics such as organ donation, impact of BREXIT, abortion etc.
Keep up-to-date with current news and any changes to law in Medicine such as any recent or upcoming strikes, NHS staff shortages, increased wait times, etc.
Have a read-through and a very basic understanding of the GMC’s Good Medical Practice for medical students.
Look at the Medical School Council’s website and MSC’s guide to interview prep which talks about what medical schools want to see.
Review the course information and research the Medical School.
Join our Elite or Academy course to get 1-on-1 tutoring and increase your chances of getting into your first-choice medical school.