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Cardiff University Interview Questions

About Cardiff Medical School

As one of the largest medical schools in the UK, Cardiff heavily emphasises clinical experience from the beginning of the course starting in first year.

Early patient contact, combined with the opportunity for full body dissections establishes a brilliant base for clinical years.

The curriculum is spiral, ensuring that everyone can really build up their basic knowledge consistently and add on year after year. They are always keen to listen to new suggestions.



MMI or Panel?


Interview format

What to expect on interview day?

Interview scoring system

Interview months

Prior information

Examiner review

What to expect after the interview?


Interview tips

  • Reading up a little on the background of the NHS and the values underlying its creation is a good starting point for preparation.

  • Cardiff is keen on assessing people's communications skills and their ability to balance arguments and justify scenarios therefore practicing this beforehand with family or friends will definitely help.

  • Brush up on basic maths skills for the numeracy station but don't stress too much about this.

  • Key to any MMI - all the stations are assessed individually so don't let one bad station affect your entire performance of the day.

  • Research the course, especially the new C21 course that they offer. Make a note of any unique aspects that particularly interest you.

  • Ensure that you have a good understanding of the Welsh NHS.


Example interview questions


  • Why medicine?

  • Why Cardiff?

  • Why not study closer to home?

  • How are you able to contribute to Cardiff as a student and a potential student ambassador?

Values and skills

  • What are essential skills within doctors as healthcare professionals?

Work experience

  • Just general questions about how this has benefited you


  • "How has the development of the NHS changed healthcare within the UK?

  • (Founder of the NHS, Aneurin Bevan was Welsh, good to have some knowledge about how he spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service)"

Current affairs

  • Impact of COVID on medical research and development

  • Give me a current medical issue you find interesting and explain why?

  • What do you think are the two major health issues in Wales at the moment?

  • What do you think of the NHS bed crisis?

  • What is your understanding of "bed blocking"?