- veracity and honesty
- motivation and commitment
- pro-social attitudes, for example students who show empathy and who are non-judgmental
- communication skills, including listening
- potential for leadership
- students who show insight into what it is to be a doctor
- the ability to be a team player
- the ability to deal with stress appropriately
- problem solving skills
- students who know their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses
- 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 nhs.uk 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. 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.