Manchester University Interview Questions
About Manchester Medical School
Manchester medical school is a modern medical school that gives students an appropriate level of independence with studies.
Nevertheless, the medical school is big on wellbeing with a great supportive mechanism.
Teams and structures are designed to protect the students from increased workload and poor mental health.
The first 2 years of the course are based on campus, with a Problem-Based Learning structure. The final 3 years of the course are based at a hospital.
MMI or Panel?
The interview process for 2021 entry adopted a four- or five-station multiple mini interview (MMI) format. The interview in each station was seven minutes long and there was a two-minute (or longer) gap between stations.
What to expect on interview day?
Manchester follows an MMI interview format, with a smart dress code. The starting station was allocated at random, and applicants passed round in order from station to station until they completed them all.
Interview scoring system
Each station is marked by a separate interviewer. Common areas that are tested are:
Why do you want to be a doctor?
Previous caring experience
Matters of a medical interest
Ethical and other issues
For 2022 entry, interviews will be held in December 2021 and January/February 2022
No information was provided in advance and there was no reading or writing component to any of the online interview stations.
The medical interviewers are usually engaging and friendly, and show a genuine interest in you as a student. There might be very little follow up questions, and if there were they will predominantly be from a predetermined list.
What to expect after the interview?
Manchester aims to notify all applicants of a final decision on their application by spring each year
Two key components of being successful in a Manchester Medical School interview are 1. Communication skills and 2. Good knowledge of ethics, the GMC and being weary of what is expected of you as a medical student and a Junior Doctor.
Empathy and listening skills are essential in good communication, as well as speaking clearly and politely - taking a patient centred approach to any interview station you complete will almost certainly win over the interviewer.
Know about the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice’ and “Tomorrow’s Doctors’ documents, as well as knowing the 4 pillars of ethics.
Example interview questions
Why do you want to do medicine?
Why medicine over any other healthcare profession?
What made you decide to study Medicine?
Why do you want to be a doctor, rather than a nurse?
Why do you want to study at Manchester?
What are the advantages of PBL?
What are the roles of a doctor?
If you had a terrible day, your patient died, and you come home at 3:00 am, what would you do to unwind/de-stress?
What are the bad points about being a doctor?
Tell me what you know about the GMC?
Have you read up on the documents 'Good Medical Practice' and 'Tomorrow's Doctors'?
Tell me about the 4 pillars of ethics?
What are your views on cloning?
Should the MMR vaccine be compulsory?
Should obese people be given knee transplants?
Should obese people be given heart transplants?
Pharmaceutical industry: should their products be sold over the internet?
Should plastic surgery be available on the NHS?
What is your view of a baby on life support and placing a DNAR order?