Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI’s)

For admission to the BDS programme, we use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI's) as opposed to traditional interviews.  MMI's require each candidate to undertake a circuit of short activities such as role play, discussion or a practical activity and are designed to assess the attributes required for success in dental practice. 

How many applicants are invited to interview?

Around 200 applicants are selected for interview each year.

Interview invites are sent out in December. Interviews then normally take place over a weekend in February.  


What to expect on the day

Normally, there are 7 stations in total each 6 minutes long, including 1 minute reading time. Students rotate around each station until completing them all. The full MMI process will last just under 45 minutes. 

Each station looks at a particular characteristic or competency that we have deemed to be required for Dentistry. There are 3 station types: role-play, discussion and practical. 

Please review the information on our sample MMI stations, which includes a video depicting a mock MMI station. 


How will I be assessed?

During the MMI's, we will be looking for applicants to demonstrate characteristics which are important for the dental profession including being able to:

  • Be diligent and ethical
  • Demonstrate having a caring nature, are empathetic and respectful of the views of others
  • Demonstrate good communication skills
  • Work in a team and have the capacity to act as a leader
  • Be self-critical and self-motivating
  • Capable of independent thinking
  • Plan and think on the spot and enjoy problem solving
  • Show strong evidence of manual dexterity, creativity and spatial awareness

There will be an assessor at each station who will score your performance.  They won’t have any idea how you performed at other stations, so if you feel that you have not performed well at a station then move on from this and start afresh at the next station. 
At the end of the MMI's, your score for each station will be added together to give you a total score.


Arranging support

If you have a disability please notify us of this by email prior to 31 December 2019. 


What happens after the MMI?

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by 31 March.