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University College London (UCL) Interview Questions


About UCL Medical School

As one of the best medical schools in the country, UCL boasts of high student satisfaction, great iBSc options, varied teaching techniques and a brilliant location.


It places a lot of focus on careers and opportunities other than clinical medicine like paths pertaining to research, global medicine, medical policy and much more.


With lots of focus on students’ mental health, extra-curricular activities and patient-centered approach to medicine, UCL is the perfect university for any medical student!




 

INTERVIEW

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Panel

Interview format

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Interview scoring system

Interview months

Prior information

Examiner review

What to expect after the interview?


 


Interview tips

  • A thorough understanding of your personal statement is absolutely essential as the panel has your personal statement in front of them and are liable to ask you about any aspect of them.

  • Along with a good understanding of current affairs and medical challenges facing the world, UCL interviews have the advantage of being less structured than other interviews, which allows interviewees to lead the interview in the direction of topics they are well read on.

  • This can be current affairs, a speciality, an activity or opportunity undertaken or impressing the interviewers with an in-depth knowledge of the UCL course.

  • While UCL interviews do not involve role plays or scenario based questions, students are expected to be able to engage in conversation regarding such aspects of medicine and explain their views, beliefs and understanding eloquently.

  • UCL is very involved in public health and is proud of many of its staff and professors being involved in the NHS and health Ministry. Have a good understanding of the structure of the NHS, its advantages, drawbacks, challenges, budget and services as it is very liable to be asked and should be known by a prospective student.

  • Questions regarding current affairs in medicine are a common favourite of UCL interviewers so it is vital all students are up to date on the large, major developments in medicine currently in the news

  • Even if they ask you to give an example of where you have used one particular skill (e.g. teamwork), always try and incorporate a range of other skills as well (e.g. leadership, resilience, integrity). This will present you in a better light to the interviewers.



 

Example interview questions

Motivation

  • Can you tell me about the history of UCL?

  • Tell me about your research project

Medical ethics

  • Students are expected to have a basic idea of medical ethics- such as the 5 pillars of medicine, consent, Gillick competence, organ donation, euthanasia- and should be able to talk about the importance of medical ethics and the laws that uphold them.

  • Your patient’s family members request that you do not tell him of his new cancers diagnosis. What actions would you take in this scenario?

  • If you made a small mistake during an operation, would you tell the patient? You do not believe that your mistake will have any clinical impact on the patient or his recovery.

NHS

  • The structure of the NHS, its advantages, current challenges faced, budget and services offered.