Southampton University Interview Questions
About Southampton Medical School
Southampton medical school his welcoming and friendly.
It is an integrated course with a heavy focus on pre-clinical knowledge for the first two years but still gives opportunities for clinical placements. They do this via the medicine in practice (MIP) course which helps you develop history from the get go.
The medical school is very big on acting on feedback and also provides great pastoral support via Personal academic tutors and senior tutors.
MMI or Panel?
The selection day process usually includes an interview and group task.
What to expect on interview day?
There are two parts to the interview, first a panel interview with 2 lecturers- they ask questions from your personal statement and other questions about your motivations etc. This lasts about 20 minutes. The second part of the interview is a group task discussing a medical ethics scenario, also lasting around 20 minutes. Different groups begin with either the panel or group interview before switching.
Interview scoring system
TDuring a selection day you must show how you meet our non-academic criteria by demonstrating that you:
are self-motivated and resilient
have reflected on relevant life experiences (this may include work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings)
can communicate effectively
can interact successfully with others
understand the values of the NHS constitution
Students with the highest UCAT score are selected first and interviews take place from December to March.
If you're invited to attend you will be sent an email with the full event details 2 weeks beforehand.
What to expect after the interview?
All interview decisions will be sent out during March. All applicants will hear from us by the end of March.
Ensure you are very familiar with your personal statement and able to talk about it.
Look at what the university course is like by using the southampton website-which parts of the course do you like?
Ensure you know the four pillars of medical ethics and be able to apply it to scenarios.
A Southampton medicine interview typically contains a group activity which involves around eight candidates sitting around a table discussing a certain topic.
Make sure you demonstrate that you possess abilities like respect for others, good listening, teamwork.
Don’t forget to speak up – but don’t dominate the discussion!
Example interview questions
Why do you want to study medicine?
Why not nursing or another medical course?
What direction do you see your career taking in medicine?
Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
Why do you want to be a doctor/study medicine?
What appeals to you about this city?
What is your opinion on breastfeeding voucher schemes?
At southampton there was a group task where you had to discuss a medical ethics topic
Values and skills
Where have you shown leadership skills?
Describe a situation where you have learnt something independently.
How will you balance work and extracurricular activities?
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
What is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?
What do you think makes a good doctor?
What did you learn from your volunteering at a care home?
How much time do you spend volunteering on that placement?
How did you arrange this work experience?
Tell us about a team activity you organised. What went well/badly/did you learn from this experience?
What did you learn/how were you affected by this experience (referring to an experience described in the personal statement)?