Newcastle University Interview Questions
About Newcastle Medical School
Newcastle University Medical school is an encouraging and receptive community that promotes competency.
It invests in its equipment, research, staff and medical students. Patient-student interaction is incorporated from the very beginning, to nurture the qualities of good doctors and provide practical experience of handling real patient situations.
Due to its robust feedback system, the medical school listens, supports and delivers, making it one of the best rated medical schools in terms of student satisfaction.
MMI or Panel?
The interview pattern at Newcastle is MMI comprising 7 stations, each 7 minutes long.
You are given one minute outside the station to read the vignette and collect your thoughts. One of the stations involves a role-play scenario.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newcastle will be running online panel interviews, with two interviewers per panel. The interview will cover all competencies that would have been assessed by the MMI.
What to expect on interview day?
All interviewees are requested to arrive in the morning but upon arrival you will be given a time slot for your interview. The actual MMI interview lasts for approximately an hour.
There is a tour led by current students showing you around the campus and medical school. The dress code is formal.
Interview scoring system
You will meet different selectors to be assessed and graded on the following:
Integrity (honesty and probity)
Empathy and self-awareness
Motivation and commitment to be a doctor
Compatibility with the programme
Teamwork (including leadership)
Persistence and resilience
After the interview, applicants are ranked in order of merit to determine who will be made an offer. At this stage, personal statements and references are also reviewed but no scores are allocated to these.
Students usually start receiving interview offers in November but these can run up to January/February.
The examiner is engaging and stations excluding role-play are in the form of discussions. You might get some follow up questions based on information you mention in the station.
What to expect after the interview?
There is no definite time period disclosed by the university. To be fair to all applicants, Newcastle do not make any decisions until all the interviews in the cycle have been completed.
Make sure to visit the Newcastle University MBBS website. This includes in-depth information about the pattern of the interview and what is expected of you.
Be confident with the pillars of Medicine and remember they are not looking for perfect answers, just students who demonstrate potential.
Read about the Newcastle school of Medicine, its areas of expertise/research and the reasons you want to study here.
Extensively practice role plays, answering common questions and staying calm in a stressful environment.
Your interviewers will not have seen or asked you directly about your personal statement so be aware of this.
Remember interviews can be conducted by a range of professionals and you may not only be interviewed by a doctor. You may encounter careers professional, actors, professional support staff, and teaching staff, particularly in MMIs. Avoid using very technical terms, you may have more clinical knowledge that those assessing you.
Example interview questions
Tell me about one time where you felt motivated and what was the result
Why you think you would be good at Medicine?
Why you want to study Medicine?
What speciality are you interested in?
Why do you want to study at Newcastle?
Why Medicine compared to other health degrees?
What makes a good doctor?
What do you think is the worst issue with the NHS at present?
What are the possibilities of becoming a doctor after finishing the degree?
Tell me about a patient you encountered during your work experience?
Talk about an ethical issue that you have come across in the news recently
Values and skills
When was the one time where you had to make a difficult decision and why