Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Therapy and Hygiene programmes
Prior to receiving an offer to study on one of our clinical programmes you will be invited to attend an interview.

The interview attempts to identify whether a candidate has the personal attributes required to become a doctor, dentist or dental care professional of tomorrow. We place great value on the following qualities and we are looking for you to demonstrate these at your interview: 

  • 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 structured and formal process in order to ensure that every student applying to a particular programme, is asked the same questions and receives the same prompts. The interview should take approximately 20 minutes. It is not a test of medical or scientific knowledge, but aims to explore your attitudes, outlook and way of thinking. 

The interview panel is made up of clinicians, the public and patients. The interview process is patient and public inclusive. We expect students to demonstrate the values set out in the NHS constitution including: working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives. The full list of values can viewed at the website.

Candidates with specific access requirements that have not previously been disclosed on the UCAS form are encouraged to discuss these with the Admissions Team prior to the interview.

Please note that candidates are responsible for the cost of travel to the interview. All students attending an interview must bring current photographic evidence of their identity, normally a valid passport or a UK issued Driving Licence with photo card. If candidates are not able to provide this, their interview may be cancelled and we cannot guarantee that it will be re-scheduled. Should this occur, your travel costs to the interview cannot be reimbursed.


Feedback is only given directly to unsuccessful applicants who request it in writing by letter. Normally, the feedback provided includes the numerical score from the interview and the position of this score in the overall ranking, which determines which students received a conditional offer of a place of study on each of the programmes. Please contact the Schools’ Admissions Team should you wish to receive feedback on your application.

Medical School Council Interview Preparation Tool

Please note that the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry does not endorse any one external preparation resource but recognise that candidates may find this information useful.