Cardiff holds panel interviews consisting of about 3 interviewers. One person is medically qualified and there may be one medical student who usually does not ask any questions. Usual questions on work experience and Personal Statement are common as are those testing your motivation and knowledge of medical matters.
It is worth knowing that there are slight differences between the Welsh NHS and English NHS – [the Welsh are a little more left wing] there is less privatisation and things such as prescription charges do not exist – prescriptions are free

Why Cardiff?
The course is systems based, mainly traditional with only a little PBL but Cardiff are undertaking a major review – so check.

Cardiff University is one of the Russell Group of Universities and has strong research departments and great facilities. It is one of the largest medical schools in the UK and is rated among the top 10 medical schools in the UK and top 100 world wide.

The Brecon Beacons National Park is a 30 min drive away and there are beautiful beaches nearby. The city has great transport links –M4 , rail and Cardiff International Airport. As the capital of Wales it has many facilities such as theatres and the National Stadium but is small, compact and inexpensive

‘’Cardiff offers a compelling student
experience: Russell Group research
credentials, the full gamut of
traditional undergraduate degree
courses and relatively affordable
living with hot and cold running
nightlife on tap.”
Sunday Times University Guide


The Interview

The interview is structured and formal to make sure every student is asked the same questions and receives the same prompts. It’s not a test of your scientific knowledge but aims to explore your attitudes, outlook and way of thinking.
If you’re selected for interview for the BMBS programme you need to show us you have the following essential qualities to become a doctor of tomorrow:
• Integrity
• Veracity and honesty
• Flexibility
• Motivation and commitment
• Pro-social attitudes e.g. students who show empathy and who are non-judgmental
• Communication skills, including listening
• Potential for leadership
• Students who show insight into what it is to be a doctor
• The ability to be a team player
• The ability to deal with stress appropriately
• Problem solving skills
• Students who know their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses
• Reflectiveness
• Students who demonstrate a suitable approach to life and people

Why Plymouth?

The main campus is in the centre of the city. There is a thriving student population. Halls are comfortable and reasonably priced. The sea is a15 min walk away and Dartmoor National Park a short drive away. There are many clubs and societies.
Plymouth is the only UK University to have its own diving and marine centre where students can gain an internationally recognised diving qualification as part of their marine-based degree. It also has a state-of-the-art Immersive Vision theatre, and a natural-light photography studio, thought to be the only ones of their kind in a UK university.
The university offers 24/7 access to on-campus computer suites and its library, and recently opened a new employability centre – Gateway – which provides careers information, CV advice and interview tuition to all current students and recent graduates. It is also constructing a £19m marine facility that will house the country’s most advanced wave-tank facilities.

Plymouth Medical School uses a lot of PBL