Leicester University Interview Questions
About Leicester Medical School
University of Leicester Medical School is an extremely supportive and welcoming environment.
Early patient contact, full body dissection and detailed exam feedback are all standard practice.
They also have a very approachable and highly qualified set of lecturers and clinical teaching fellows, who produce excellent lectures, practice papers and question banks.
Medicine is taught as a mixed traditional/PBL format.
Everyone at UoL wants you to succeed and will help you a lot along the way.
MMI or Panel?
MMI interview consists of 8/9 stations. Candidates have approximately 1 minute to read the station information before the station begins.
Interview scoring system
There are eight stations which assess the following:
Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession
Personal attributes, for example, honesty, emotional intelligence, resilience, conscientiousness, personal organisation, ability to work as a team member
Academic ability and problem-solving skills
Ability to reflect on your work, strengths, weaknesses, as well as your own health
Effective communication, including reading, writing, listening and speaking
Ability to deal with uncertainty, manage risks, deal with problems and take responsibility for your actions
Ability to be empathetic and treat people with compassion, respect and dignity
Each station will be scored and you will be ranked on the basis of those scores. Where two or more applicants are equally ranked, your UCAS form score may be used as a tie-breaker.
Interviews for 2022 entry to Leicester Medical School are scheduled to take place between December 2021 and March 2022. Interviews will be online this year.
Leicester will begin sending out interview invitations by email in late November and this will be an ongoing process until the end of February.
All the Leicester medicine interviewers are generally quite friendly – if a candidate is stuck, they are helpful in asking follow up questions. Some of the role play stations could be less friendly because they want to see how you act in a situation that’s unfamiliar or awkward. Follow up questions varied depending on the station. If you cover all the points, they usually do not always ask any follow up questions.
What to expect after the interview?
The timing of offers can therefore vary from early January to mid-May. If you do not hear from them immediately after your interview, this does not necessarily mean you have been rejected.
Check the Leicester Medical School website for interview details, and make sure you know the unique selling points of UoL med school such as full body dissection and HCA opportunities.
Have a good response for why you want to do medicine and why Leicester?
Know the pillars of medical ethics and do lots of interview practice with friends/family/teachers.
Try and link every answer point back to why that's an important quality to have as a doctor.
Think about WHY they're asking you these questions.
Take your time to think pre-answer and relax.
Example interview questions
Why do you want to do medicine?
What made you choose medicine, rather than other options?
What did you want to do before medicine?
What subjects did you study?
What was your favourite subject?
What happens once you’ve graduated?
What can you bring to the University?
Do you have a particular field in medicine in which you are interested?
Watch a video of a doctor-patient interaction and point out all the areas for improvement and concern, such as breaches of patient safety. You can watch the video multiple times.
Values and skills
You have to create and present an A4 poster about yourself, the details of which will be emailed to you prior to interview.
What bad qualities do you have and how are you working to overcome them?
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
What are your hobbies?
If you could change one thing about yourself what would that be?
Talk about a time where you learnt the importance of ______________, the blank could be anything relating to important qualities a doctor must possess such as candour, compassion, etc.