UCL Interviews

Assessment at interview

Selected candidates are invited to visit on a weekday morning or afternoon. The visit includes a talk by the Admissions Tutor, an opportunity to speak with current medical students, the interview, and a student-led campus tour. Interviews last approximately 15-20 minutes and are conducted by a panel of 2-3 interviewers, including clinical and basic medical science staff, a senior medical student or ‘lay’ interviewer (e.g. Head of Sixth Form, guest GP).

Interviewees will be given a copy of their BMAT essay prior to the interview, as discussion of their essay will form part of the assessment at interview. Questions may include ‘Why did you choose this title? Why not the others? What would you do differently if you had to do it again?’

Questions on:

topical issues

competence based questions [team working/leadership/resolving conflict/handling mistakes]

ethical issues

why is research important

why UCL are asked.

Interviewers score the candidate according to the following mark scheme:

 Intellectual ability (intellectual curiosity and robustness)

 Motivation for (and understanding of) a career in medicine

 Awareness of scientific and medical issues

 Ability to express and defend opinions, including discussion of BMAT essay topic

 Attitude, including flexibility and integrity

 Individual strengths (e.g. social, musical, sporting interests or activities)

 Communication skills (verbal and listening)

University College London Interviews


Interview Assessment Form


Panel number:

UCAS number:

Candidate name:

Interviewer name: Signature: ___________________________________

A. Assessment of candidate

Please score the candidate in the areas listed, using the scale illustrated, so that an approximately normal distribution is achieved. Tick one box on each row of the grid.

Poor (Bottom 10%)

Below average


Above average

Excellent (Top 10%)

B. Notes and comments (including any overriding reasons to accept or reject)

C. Recommendation of interview panel

Please tick Accept/ Reject

Following the interview the recommendations of the interviewers will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and the outcome will be sent to each candidate within two weeks