For 2023 entry, the ARU medical school interview is an in-person multiple mini interview (MMI) comprising of 6 stations. There is 1 minute of reading time and each station will last 7 minutes.
Interview invites will be sent out from November 2022 onwards. Interviews will take place on the Chelmsford campus from December 2022 to January 2023.
Questions will test your preparation and motivation to study medicine. They will assess your ability to respond spontaneously to various scenarios, without coaching.
What Interview Questions to Expect
Role play in a healthcare setting
Task role plays
You engage with a role-player and are expected to interact with them as if the situation is real. They are testing your skills in establishing an effective rapport whilst dealing effectively with the challenges presented to you. Typical scenarios may include comforting someone about unfortunate events in their life.
You may be provided with a graph and asked to describe and interpret it and draw conclusions appropriate to the scenario. You will also be asked follow up questions on the specific features of the graph.
You may have to give verbal instructions to an actor to help them complete a task. Examples being riding a bike or teaching someone how to tie shoelaces. Sometimes, you cannot see what the actor is doing. They are testing your skills in communicating clearly whilst dealing with the time-pressure to complete the task in the given time.
You may be asked to discuss the insights you have gained from your work experience and your reflections on this. You may be asked about your personal attributes and qualities. You can also expect to be asked about your motivation to study at this university in particular. For these question types, it is important you have personalised reasons with specific examples to evidence your points.
The interviewer will assess your ability to demonstrate empathy in challenging situations through role play stations where you must utilise your verbal and non-verbal communication skills to demonstrate this attribute. You may be asked follow up questions about the importance of empathy.
Anglia Ruskin's Scoring System
Anglia Ruskin'sMMI scoring system consists of 3 domains. You will be assessed on
Communication andinterpersonal skills
Initiative andproblem solving
Personal integrity andmoral reasoning
Each domain is marked out of five, so the maximum score across 6 stations is 90.
The interviewers also give you a ‘Global Score’ which could be: poor, unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good or excellent. The score is not used to rank candidates, but may be considered in ‘tie-breaker’ decisions.
How to answer "Why do you want to study Medicine at Anglia Ruskin's University?" in an interview
To give a concise and comprehensive answer to this question at your interview, there are three essential elements your answer needs to have :
1. Specific knowledge about the school, programme, place 2. Why the elements you mentioned are attractive to you 3. Evidence that you have made an effort to research the school and programme
Point 2 and 3 above are essential to deliver a strong answer that is personal to you. In this section, we will help you brainstorm point 1 to help you get started in preparing your answer.
What is unique about the course at Anglia Ruskin?
The ARU MBChB Medicine A100 programme is a 5-year course. They use a spiral curriculum, which means you constantly revisit previous knowledge. There is early clinical exposure in hospital and community settings from November in the first year, with blended learning and case-based discussions throughout. There are weekly cadaveric full body dissections. Students have the opportunity to complete a medical elective in the fifth year, and the opportunity to intercalate.
What is unique about Anglia Ruskin and its Medical School?
Anglia Ruskin University is the only undergraduate university in England which uses Thiel-embalmed cadavers. This method preserves the body in a more life-like manner so it's a great learning experience. ARU was recognised by the Research Excellence Framework for submitting "world leading research in 16 subject areas" in 2021. Anglia Ruskin University ranked 1st in the UK and 20th in the world for Good Health and Wellbeing by The Impact Rankings in 2022.
Why else would people choose Anglia Ruskin Medical School?
For the Medicine programme, each cohort contains 100 students so there is a strong sense of community between the students. This also means you get more individual time with lecturers and teachers which can benefit your learning. Chelmsford is 30 minutes away from London via train so there are good transport links and many activities for you to get involved in.
Anglia Ruskin Interview Experiences
"There were no "1-minute remaining" warnings given, an alarm sounded after the end of each station and you had to move quickly to the next one. The descriptions outside the station were vague and many follow up questions were asked in most stations (around 3-4)."
Medicine Interviewee, 9th Jan 2022
"There was one interviewer in each station and the interviewers consisted of staff from the medical school and doctors / healthcare professionals working in the local area. They were generally quite cold and straight-faced, they didn't react at all to any answers."
Medicine Interviewee, 9th Jan 2022
"I found it very difficult to complete the instruction based tasks in the given time. I was also put off by the interviewers expressions, during one station an interviewer put a jacket over their head and pretended to sleep."
Medicine Interviewee, 9th Jan 2022
Our Top Anglia Ruskin Interview Tips
Anglia Ruskin Interview Tip #1
Practice role plays
In order to ensure you do not get caught out, make sure you have practiced plenty of role play scenarios. Prepare for stations requiring you to give information / instructions to others and obtaining information / comforting others. Make sure you feel comfortable with reacting to the actors emotions and showing empathy.
Anglia Ruskin Interview Tip #2
Revise the course
When assessing your motivation for study at Anglia Ruskin the interviewer's will want to know that you have a genuine interest in the university. One of the best ways to demonstrate this is showing you have researched the course and are able to talk about it in depth. Attending open days and speaking to current students can help you to gain this extra knowledge.
Anglia Ruskin Interview Tip #3
Develop your problem solving skills
Problem solving is a crucial theme running throughout the MMI and the majority of the stations at Anglia Ruskin will test it in some form, practising different tasks and improving your adaptability to new situations is integral to impressing the interviewers at Anglia Ruskin. You may also be asked about the importance of problem solving in the medical field so make sure you have a strong answer to this.
Ibrahim is a 3rd year medical student at Aston University.