King's College Interview Questions
About King's College Medical School
King's College London has a fast-paced, three stage course covering most of the medical content in the first two years, focusing more on the hands-on clinical aspect afterwards.
Historically, there has been a strong focus on the use of full body dissection for anatomy teaching.
The course requires more self-study than some other universities, as the resources are generally distributed but not really revisited or spoon-fed to students.
MMI or Panel?
7 interviews on different topics/questions, each with one interviewer and lasting 7 minutes.
Virtual MMIs have four interviewers/interviews, each asking two questions.
What to expect on interview day?
Interviewees will wait in a room together before and after the interview, where they are given instructions and debriefed and given a chance to ask any questions. The interview takes around an hour to complete. After your MMI interview, you will then be debriefed and told roughly when you'd hear back.
Interview scoring system
Interviewers are made up of current medical students, medicine teaching staff (both clinical and academic) and NHS doctors. You are scored for each question on the content of your response and your communication.
November – March. King’s medicine interview dates usually run from early December to the first week of March based on previous years, with a break in the interview season over the festive period. King's hosts interviews until quite late, potentially up to May
The interviewers ask follow-up questions or clarifications, however, they may not always do this in a friendly or supportive manner.
What to expect after the interview?
King's is one of the most variable universities in terms of giving offers or rejections post-interview. It could take a few weeks or a few months. King’s allocate interviews and offers on a rolling basis from November to March, so it could be any time then.
King's generally repeats stations; you can find outlines of them online. Obviously, don't rely on this, but it is very helpful.
For some, this could be a fully-fleshed answer with all the points you want to make.
For others, it could be the structure of how to lay out your answer with the unknown variables that will be presented on the day.
Always practise speaking with others if you can, even with yourself using a mirror or a recording.
King's has some unique stations in terms of the picture description and graph questions; know how to answer these questions beforehand.
Example interview questions
Why did you apply to King’s college?
Why study medicine and not another course?
How has King’s College London contributed to modern medicine?
What can you contribute to the atmosphere at King’s College London?
"What should you do if a patient tries to friend you on social media?
What would you do in this situation?
How do the ethical principles apply in this situation?
Values and skills
What is resilience? When have you shown it?
Talk about your extracurricular activities.
What extracurricular activities have you done in the past years and what have you learned from them?
What work experience have you done? What did you learn from it?
Can you tell me about some voluntary work that you have done.
Describe this picture to me as objectively as possible, as if I can't see it.
Describe this graph (blood glucose level). What do you think this is showing? How would this present physiologically?
What is the structure and function of the NHS?
What are the bodies within the NHS?
What interesting medical articles have you read recently?
What is your opinion of the ... case?
What were the main issues raised in this case?