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Edinburgh University Interview Questions

About Edinburgh Medical School

Edinburgh Medical School is a leading medical school in both training and research for the past 300 years.

It has a notable history of alumni, making it one of the most prestigious universities to study at. It offers a modern curriculum designed to prepare you for contemporary practice.

The city itself is consistently voted one of the most beautiful in the world. They ensure that social, ethical and environmental concerns influence their decisions and operations day-to-day.



MMI or Panel?


Interview format

What to expect on interview day?

Interview scoring system

Examiner review

What to expect after the interview?


Interview tips

  • Practice group tasks with other medical applicants and learn what some good qualities during group work are since you will have a group task on the day of the interview.

  • Read the GMC Good medical practice and the Good Medical Practice in action for ethical scenarios.

  • Answer with something personal and specific to you, link to your work/past experience with Medicine when asked about 'Why Medicine' which is common.

  • The Edinburgh MMI is one of the longest and requires quite a lot of focus over a longer period of time, so any practice you can do will be useful.


Example interview questions


  • Why Medicine?

  • Why is Medicine the right career choice for you?

  • Which qualities make you suited to this course?

Values and skills

  • Describe a time in your life where you have had to show compassion.

  • How do you maintain a good work-life balance?

  • What do you enjoy outside of your studies?

Work experience

  • What was the most important thing you learned during work experience and how will this be useful to you in the future?

  • What was the most eye-opening thing you saw during work experience?

  • After seeing skills needed by healthcare professionals during work experience, what skills do you think you need to improve for the future?


  • After your work experience, did you think of anything you would want to do to improve NHS healthcare settings?

Problem solving

  • You are on the committee for organising an information evening about a GP surgery’s flu vaccination day. Pitch your idea to everyone.


University life

Unique selling points of the university

Years 1-2 are pre-clinical years, followed by years 4-6 which are based solely in clinical placements. It is the only Scottish institution that offers a year of full time, research-based study in Year 3 that leads to a BMedSci (Hons). As the course progress, you will be exposed to different attachments from biomedical sciences to clinical practice within GP practices and hospital attachments in Edinburgh and across south east Scotland. During the final year of the course, after completing the dreaded finals exams , you get the opportunity to travel abroad to learn medicine in a different country.