Medical School Interview · Dec. 23, 2018
Nottingham Medical School Interview Guide
The University of Nottingham Medical School first started taking students in 1975. In 2018 there were 206 places on the 5-year BMBS course.The school is based at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, next to the main University campus.
1. About your Nottingham Medicine interview
In inviting students to interview, their GCSEs and University Clinical Aptitude (UCAT) are converted to a score, with no consideration of AS grades. The top applicants from this will have their personal statement and references read and scored, based on a number of criteria listed on their website. These scores are then added to the academic scores and the top applicants are invited to interview. You should consider how you will perform on this initial scoring before applying to this medical school.
The University of Nottingham runs an 8 station multiple-mini interview (MMI) as part of their assessment criteria. Applicants have one minute to read the instructions. Everyone begins with an ice-breaker station, where you will be asked three questions. This isn’t part of the assessment, but more to get familiar with the format. The assessment of the station begins after 3 minutes and will last five more minutes. The remaining seven stations will last five minutes each with a minute rest in between to read the instructions for the next station.
The 8 MMI Stations
- Two role-play stations
- Six answering questions stations
- These will assess your personal qualities. Interviewers will be looking at how you will respond to the course material and how you will make a good doctor.
- You will need to demonstrate communication and listening skills, an understanding of teamwork, a respect for the contribution of other healthcare professionals and your understanding of the profession as a whole.
The interviewers will be medical practitioners, university academics and laypeople.
2. About the course
- Modular and cellular aspects of medicine
- Human structure and function
- Healthcare in the community
- Early clinical and professional development.
- Case-based learning
- Full-body dissection
- Simulated clinical skills
- Small-group learning
- Visits to general practices and hospitals
Intercalation and elective opportunities
3. theMSAG interview tips
Prepare yourself for the Role Play Stations
Relate back to your work experience in the interview
Make sure you stick to the timings
Get further practice and join our MMI Circuits
4. Advice from a current Nottingham medical student
"The interviews now follow a MMI format and with these, my top advice would be to try and stay calm and to focus on each MMI station at a time - which means forgetting all about it as soon as it has finished and just moving onto the next one."
We hope that you have found these Nottingham medicine interview tips useful! As always, don't hesitate to contact us at hello@theMSAG.com for more information.
Disclaimer: The information used for this blog post has been found on the Nottingham Medical School website. These were accessed during the 2nd week of December 2018. Please note that the course structure and interview style is subject to change, and you are advised to confirm before attending.
Miss Pippa Morris
Pippa is a third year medical student at the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Oncology Society and the vice president of Caius Medical Society She is also a tutor for science, maths, and medical school entrance exams. She writes blogs and is a BMAT Tutor for theMSAG.