Medical School Interview · Jan. 18, 2019
Southampton Medicine Interview guide
The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s leading medical schools and has an international reputation for its clinical research. With only 210 medical admissions, it is no surprise that places at Southampton are extremely competitive. Therefore, it is very important that you prepare for their medical interview. But how do you actually prepare for it? What do you need to know?
Here to answer all your questions, this is your simple guide to the Southampton Medical School interview!
1. About your Southampton Medical School interview
- are self-motivated and resilient
- have reflected on experiences (such as work experiences or personal experiences, both in and outside health care settings)
- can communicate effectively
- are able to interact successfully with others
- can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS values
2. About your course
The course overview
The course structure
- Year 1 and Year 2: Students learn about the major body systems and how they work both in health and disease. They also undertake student selected units in medical humanities and public.
- Year 3: Students undertake a research project from a wide variety of disciplines. They also attend clinical placements in hospitals and local GPs.
- Year 4: Students experience a range of clinical specialities in hospitals and community settings. Clinical modules include Psychiatry and Child Health
- Year 5: Final year students reinforce their learning in the core specialities of Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care. They will also have the opportunity to choose a student selected unit in a clinical area.
3. theMSAG tips to prepare for this style of interview
Learn about the NHS constitution
Southampton interview questions have a strong focus on the NHS constitution. Interviewers are looking for applicants who can embrace NHS key values. Therefore, students should show where they have demonstrated these values. You can make your answers stand out by reflecting and linking your answers back to medicine. For example, you could give an example of where you’ve shown compassion and then reflect on why compassion is an important quality as a doctor. By reflecting on your experiences, you show maturity and insight into medicine.
Think about your approach for the group task
Reflect on your healthcare experiences
Consider your motivations for doing medicine
4. Interview advice from a current Southampton medical student
Get further practice and join our MMI Circuits
We hope that this post has been useful in your interview preparation. Don't hesitate to send us any questions or comments by email at hello@theMSAG.com. Good luck for your interview!
Disclaimer: All the information below was verified via the university website in the second week of December 2018. Please note that the course and interview structure is subject to change and we advise that you confirm with the University before attending.
Miss Shivani Sharma
Shivani is a Medical Student at Imperial College London where she has been on the interview panel and is involved in many outreach programmes. She won the Peter Medawar Prize awarded by Imperial NHS Trust. She is a Content Writer and Script Reviewing for theMSAG.