The interview will be conducted by two selectors and will last approximately 25 minutes. At the conclusion of the interview each selector will grade the candidate’s performance and complete an assessment form. Candidates will be assessed and graded under 5 main categories:
• Choice of Newcastle.
• Reflection on commitment to care and role of a doctor.
• This will cover commitment to care of others; insight into a career and the role of a doctor; understanding the NHS and ethical issues.
• Reflection on personal attributes.
• This will cover learning styles; communication skills; fluency and ability to deal with questions; ability to explain a specific concept; non academic and personal interests (ability to describe personal interests and expand on those described); personal attributes (strengths/weaknesses; self motivation; leadership; teamwork and coping with stress).
• Overall performance at interview.
• The selectors will assess the overall performance of the applicant and award an
Your personal statement, reference and contribution at interview are the sources from which the selectors will make their judgement.
Newcastle Medical School consistently ranks as one of the top medical schools in the UK due to high levels of teaching and research. It is the first institution in the UK to be given permission to pursue stem-cell research. The BMC Medicine journal reported medical graduates from Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle performed better in postgraduate tests than any other medical school in the UK.
The course is a good combination of lectures, seminars and practical experience, there is little PBL. Newcastle was one of the first medical schools to introduce an integrated course which is especially important in the first two years. From the third year onwards you spend most of your time in hospitals.
The facilities are great. The libraries are full of all the books you need and the 24-hour computer clusters prove invaluable when deadlines are looming. The Sports Centre is really good – lots of fitness machines, weights and classes.
‘Newcastle is simply fantastic – it is a small friendly city, cheaper than most parts of England. There are clubs, concerts and sports, there is so much to do – you couldn’t possibly get bored. Transport is good, with trains, an airport and the Metro taking you almost anywhere you want to go. Living in the city has proved inexpensive, leaving plenty of student loan spare for fun and games! The beach is about 9 miles away.’
Multi-million pound refurbishment
Newcastle University Students’ Union reopened in autumn 2011 following an £8m refurbishment. The inside of the Grade II listed building has been transformed, with some outstanding new facilities in the heart of campus:
• 24-hour computer clusters and social learning areas
• brand new Student Advice Centre
• a dedicated sports, societies and volunteering area
• revamped bar serving food and drinks
• huge gig and event space, hosting live gigs and regular Saturday club nights
• Subway sandwich shop, banking services and ATMs
• café with facilities to work and relax
• shop selling student essentials
• IT repair centre
• print design service
For information on clubs to join look at the following link