When do medical schools send interview invites?

The months of September and October are tough times for all you med school applicants. Some of you would have spent what seems like an age drafting and then redrafting your personal statements. Others would have been revising for the UKCAT hoping that the shapes in the Abstract Reasoning section somehow formed a pattern. But one universal truth is that all of you navigated the labyrinth that is the UCAS application form by October 15th. So, now what? Do you get the feeling that you’ve entered the calm before the storm? Any moment now your phone could buzz or your laptop could ping when that email appears. We appreciate that the stress and anxiety can be tough.

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Medical schools interview offer dates

Here at the MSAG, we don’t like it when applicants to med school are stressed! If you’re worrying that you haven’t received your invite yet, keep reading. We’ve written this blog to give you a bit of peace of mind. We’ve got in touch with all the medical schools in UK. We’ve asked them when they’re likely to start sending invites. Check out the list below:

**Disclaimer: This information was gathered during the third week of October 2018. In the majority of cases, it applies to Undergraduate medical school interviews. However, we have indicated where it may differ for Graduates and International students. Please note that these dates are subject to change.**

University name Time period for sending out invites Sources of information

University of Aberdeen

To be confirmed

Once 2018 information is confirmed, it will be updated here.

Aston University

Late November to start of December

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Before Christmas 2018

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018

University of Birmingham

In previous years, Birmingham started sending invitations in November.

From historical data. Once 2018 information is confirmed, we will update here.

Brighton and Sussex

In previous years, invitations for interview started at the beginning of December. 

From historical date. Once 2018 information is confirmed, we will update here.

University of Bristol

Mid-October to Start-November. In the past, although invitations do start early, some invitations are sent as late as March.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Cambridge

Depends on each individual college; In previous years all interview offers were sent between the end of November and  Christmas.

From historical data. Once 2018 information is confirmed, it will be updated here.

Cardiff University

Students should receive an email invitation in November

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Dundee

Interview invites are sent early-mid November

Via email with the university in the last week of October 2018.

The University of Edinburgh

Not applicable as they don’t do interviews!

University of Exeter

Mid-November

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Glasgow

Usuall,y applicants should expect to hear at least two weeks before their interview.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

Hull York

In previous years, invitations started being send mid November.

From historical data. Once 2018 information is confirmed, it will be updated here

Imperial College

In previous years, invitations started being sent at the beginning of December.

From historical data. Once 2018 information is confirmed, it will be updated here

Keele University

Invites are sent out to students from November into January

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

King's College London

In previous years, invitations started being sent at the end of November.

From historical data. Once 2018 information is confirmed, it will be updated here.

Lancaster University

They usually send out invites before Christmas. If not, they will be sent by end of first week in January.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Leeds

Similar situation to Lancaster. They usually send out invites before Christmas. If not, by end of first week in January.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Leicester

The team will be scoring candidates currently until 2nd November.

Interview offers will be sent out from then. 

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Liverpool

For domestic students: They send invites out the week after Christmas

For international students: They send invites out before Christmas

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Manchester

in previous years, invitations for interview were sent in December.

From historical data. Once 2018 information is confirmed, it will be updated here.

Newcastle University

Newcastle aim to send invites 2 weeks before your interview, however, they are still waiting for UKCAT scores to come in.

University ranks UKCAT scores for all applicants. The first batch of students to be interviewed tend to be applicants who scored highly in the UKCAT. For students who stated that they cannot attend interviews in January, they are likely to receive earlier invites.

Last year, invitations were sent between end of November and end of January.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

Norwich

The school aims to send invites to applicants with plenty of notice. So, if your interview was in January, you should hope to hear about the interview date before Christmas.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Nottingham

Mid-November to end of December

Send invites in batches, rather than all at once.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Oxford

27th November 2018

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

Plymouth University

Finalise applications by the end of November and start of December. They proceed to send email invites in December

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

Queen's University Belfast

Around Christmas 2018

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Sheffield

Interview invites are expected to go out to students 12-16th November 2018

Julian, Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions as posted on The Student Forum and online via university website

University of Southampton

Around 2 - 3 weeks notice given prior to interview but could not give a more specific answer.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of St Andrews

Not started reviewing applications from candidates yet. They are looking to complete this process by end of November. Invites for the first batch of students to be interviewed will be sent by mid-November. They hope to provide at least two week notice before interview. Invites are sent in batches, not all at once.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

St George's, University of London

In previous years, interviews were sent in December or January with a few being sent as late as March

From historical data. Once 2018 information is confirmed, it will be updated here.

University of Sunderland

Applicants that are to be invited to interview will be notified directly by email in November 2018. 

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

Swansea University

Graduate applicants:

Applicants should have received a choice of interview dates. After the GAMSAT scores are in, invites will be sent out in mid-November.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University College London

Applicants should have received an email with the interview dates and options to choose on Friday 19th October. Interview offers will start to be sent in the last week of November. Invites are sent out in batches and tend to give 2 weeks notice prior to your interview.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

University of Warwick

Graduate applicants:

Applicants are expected to send in references by early December. Candidates will then hear if they have an interview invite from the first week of December.

On the phone with the university 3rd week of October 2018.

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What's next - medical school interview courses to help you prepare

So, now that you know when you might receive your invite for an interview, what's next?

Start preparing for those interviews - you’ll be amazed how quickly they come around! Here at theMSAG, we have 11 years of experience helping students through the medical school application process. If you would like any additional help with your interview preparation, then feel free to check out our interview courses.

Our success rate was 98% last year for students who attended our courses. Our medical school interview courses can help you to improve your technique in answering questions. We run interview courses and MMI circuits across the UK. Each one involves a mock interview where you can practice the techniques that you’ve learnt.

We hope that the information in this blog post has been helpful. Now you can spend less time checking your email inbox and more time preparing for your interviews. And be sure to check out our Online Interview Course - it’s free and packed full of great hints and tips to help with your interview success.

Good luck! 


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