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Exeter University Interview Questions

About Exeter Medical School

Exeter is defined by early clinical contact, friendly and supportive staff and the characteristic friendly atmosphere of a small Med School. Exeter are very keen on the holistic approach.

The problem-based syllabus helps you anchor medical knowledge learnt in lectures, whilst preparing you to treat your own patients as an F1.

Placements can be in a massive variety of settings, from GP surgeries to chiropractors and funeral directors!



MMI or Panel?


Interview format

What to expect on interview day?

Interview scoring system

Interview months

Examiner review

What to expect after the interview?


Interview tips

  • Check the Exeter Medical School website and email info.stlukes@exeter.ac.uk if you have any specific questions!

  • Read GMC's Good Medical Practice in action.

  • Practice with family and friends as much as you can and reflect on your work experience and skills.

  • Make full use of the three minutes between each station – this is there to help you prepare and focus for the next station, so make sure you don’t waste time thinking about your previous station.

  • In a roleplay scenario, think about how you would approach the situation in real life and try to demonstrate attributes such as communicating clearly.


Example interview questions


  • Why medicine?

  • Why Exeter?

  • Why do you think you are suited to Medicine?

  • Why do you want to gain acceptance to this particular medical school?

  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

  • What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school?

Medical ethics

  • You might get some ethics scenarios and be asked your opinion/ what you would do

  • What do you do in a situation where a 15-year-old teenager is asking for birth control?

  • Tell me about the Terri Schiavo case and what do you think about it?

  • What is your stance on euthanasia, abortion, stem cell research or Jehovah Witness?

Values and skills

  • What are your biggest strengths/weaknesses?

  • What are some ways in which you relax after a stressful day?

  • Tell me about a challenge in your life and how you overcame it?

  • How do your peers describe you?

  • How do you handle stress?

  • What do you do in your spare time?

  • What book have you recently read? What did you learn?

  • Looking over your application, I see you have received an under performing grade? Explain?

  • Who is the most influential person in your life? And why?

  • What are the qualities that make a good doctor and do you have them?

Work experience

  • Describe your work experience and what you have learnt from it

  • What exposure do you have to medicine? Tell me about a clinical experience


  • Current/ past issues in the NHS

  • What are some downfalls of the NHS?

  • What are the current challenges in current health care and what can we do to improve it?