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Nottingham interviews


This year it is  a MMI style set up. 8 stations and 6 min for each station. Last year one station was a ‘warm up’ station and not marked.

Stations included were; ones on work experience, empathy,  why you want to be a doctor, challenges facing modern health care, teamwork and leadership skills, why Nottingham, scenarios/role play involving mistakes and handling mistakes  and breaking bad news. Ethical scenarios involving medical and non medical ethical dilemmas

Why Nottingham?

Nottingham Medical School is integrated into the University campus which is very beautiful and green. The Queen’s Medical Centre is just across the road from the main campus. However students also have access to 5 teaching hospitals in Nottingham. The University campus is only 3 miles from the city centre.

Teaching is largely lecture based with very little PBL learning and students will have early clinical experience through visits to GP surgeries and hospitals to start to practise clinical history taking and examination. Anatomy teaching is supposed to be superb and whole body dissection is used [I have heard a visit to the dissection room is included in the tour around the MedicalSchool].

All students benefit from an intercalated BMedSci degree after 3 years and so leave after 5 years with a BSc as well as a medical degree. In most Universities an intercalated BSc involves spending an extra year!

Manchester Interviews

You will be interviewed in a seven station ‘multiple mini-interview’ format, passing through seven stations, each of which has an interviewer.

Each station will be seven minutes long and there will be a two-minute gap between stations. In the two-minute gap, you will be provided with some information about the next station so that you can begin to prepare your thoughts.

There are no rest stations. The station where you start will be allocated at random and you will then pass round the circle from station to station until you have completed them all.

We cannot tell you the exact content of the stations, but you can expect some or all of the following points to be included:

  • details in your non-academic information form or personal statement;
  • motivation to study medicine as a career;
  • communication;
  • problem solving;
  • capacity for self-reflection;
  • capacity for logical thinking;
  • understanding of professional responsibility;
  • capacity for team working;
  • ability to discuss issues of a wider nature in the field of medicine.



Why Manchester

Manchester Medical School is one of the largest in Europe, famous for its teaching, research and academic record. The University is modern and dynamic with a culturally and ethnically diverse student population. This makes it possible to meet lots of different people from different countries and its size means that there are many clubs. [Which clubs would you like to join – look them up]

 The city of Manchester is student friendly and guarantees accommodation to all first year students. It has the advantages of a big city but is more compact and cheaper than London. Manchester medical school uses a lot of the PBL method of learning.

Students have an academic and clinical advisor who mentors the student from year one till graduation. There is clinical hospital and community based experience throughout the programme. It has excellent anatomy facilities, offering whole

body dissection and a dedicated team of teaching fellows in anatomy alongside traditional lecturers and professors to deliver anatomy teaching. There are also opportunities to specialise and do an intercalated degree.

You can also study in Europe [the Erasmus scheme] – if you have a language skill.