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Interviews

Find out what happens in our interviews for Medicine applicants.

Introduction

About our interviews

After you have applied to study with us, applications are ranked to be invited to interview with us. Details of how applicants are selected for interview are available in our selection procedure.

In your interview, we want to find out more about you, your personal characteristics and values, your ability to think critically and work as a team. You will not be tested on your medical knowledge.

We understand that you may feel nervous about interviews, but we do encourage you to relax, and be yourself and enjoy your day with us.

The interviews help us to find out more about you. They also provide you with the opportunity to meet current students and find out more about what it is like to study with us.

MMIs explained

What happens in the interview?

Our interviews take the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), which is a series of short interview stations.

These are assessed by interview panels that include health professionals, academic staff, and senior medical students as well as people outside of the medical profession.

For 2024 entry, Home and EU candidates attend interviews in-person at the University of Hull and University of York campuses, and overseas fee status applicants attend interviews online.

The exact interview structure may vary from year to year. For 2024 entry, the MMIs will cover the following stations:

In-person interview stations and scoring (Home and EU candidates)

Group exercise

20 points

At Hull York Medical School, much of our teaching and learning takes place in small group settings and in teams, so our students need to be able to work well with peers.

The main aim of this station is to give us an insight into how you work within a group or team. We are interested in your ability to work collaboratively, how well you contribute relevant information to a group discussion, and whether you can articulate your thoughts effectively and clearly.

You will be scored on your level of participation and contribution, but not on your medical knowledge.

The exercise will be chaired and facilitated by our very experienced problem-based learning (PBL) tutors, who will support and guide the group through the PBL process. The tutor and an observing medical student will score the performance of each candidate. A Hull York Medical School Student Ambassador will also be present to act as ‘scribe’, capturing the group discussion.

Two mini-interviews

15 points each

Candidates will be asked two questions in each interview room, though our interviewers may ask you to expand on your initial answer. Each interviewer will score the responses independently.

You will receive your first question for each room before entering, and will be given five minutes thinking time to prepare your response to this question.

The mini-interview questions will focus on your understanding of current issues in medicine, your insight into a career in medicine, your critical thinking skills and personal qualities, such as empathy, tolerance and resilience.

Student station

15 points

You will be asked two questions by senior medical students which will explore becoming a student doctor, and joining the Hull York Medical School community.

You will receive your first question before entering, and will be given five minutes thinking time to prepare your response to this question.

Individual scenario station

15 points

The scenario assesses how you would react and respond in a given situation.

You will be shown a pre-recorded video simulating a character talking directly to you, and asked to respond to questions about this at two points during the video and once at the end of the video.

You are not asked to problem solve in this station, and we will not be testing your medical knowledge.

Online interview stations and scoring (overseas fee status candidates)

Three mini-interviews

15 points each

You will be asked one question in each interview, though our interviewers may ask you to expand on your initial answer. Each interviewer will score the responses independently.

The mini-interviews will focus on your understanding of current issues in medicine, your insight into and motivation for a medical career, and your critical thinking skills and personal qualities, such as empathy, open-mindedness and resilience.

Student station

10 points

You will be asked two questions by senior medical students which will explore becoming a student doctor, and joining the Hull York Medical School community.

Individual scenario station

10 points

The scenario assesses how you would react and respond in a given situation.

You will be shown a pre-recorded video simulating a character talking directly to you, and asked to respond to questions about this at two points during the video and once at the end of the video.

You are not asked to problem solve in this station, and we will not be testing your medical knowledge.

Group work scenario

15 points

At Hull York Medical School, much of our teaching and learning takes place in small group settings and in teams, so our students need to be able to work well with peers.

You will be given a theoretical group scenario, and asked to explain how you would respond in this situation, drawing on your previous experience of working within a group.

Medicine student Emily

HULL YORK MEDICAL SCHOOL Stories

Just be yourself. The interview is not an interrogation, it is just Hull York Medical School getting to know you a little better. I loved how friendly the interview was and how there were many ambassadors around to ask whatever you wanted. Hull York Medical School they took their time with all interviewees, making sure you were relaxed and made to feel valued. I can safely say since coming to Hull York Medical School, they genuinely do care about all applicants and just want everyone to succeed.
2023 graduate

Emily

Scoring

How are interviews scored?

During the whole MMI, we will be observing and scoring you in the following areas:

  • Your ability to work collaboratively in a group
  • Insight into a medical career
  • Your understanding of the values in the NHS Constitution
  • Motivation for a medical career
  • Your awareness and understanding of current medical issues
  • Your communication skills
  • Your understanding of and motivation for the Hull York Medical School MB BS course
  • Your personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience
  • Your ability to think critically

You will be scored out of a total of 80 points. Please see the individual station information above for details of the points allocated to each station.

Offers

Selection for offer

Visit our selection procedure for information about how the overall interview score is used as part of our selection for offer process.