MBChB Interviews

For 2022 entry, as a consequence of the Covid pandemic, interviews are being conducted online via Zoom. 

An interview is not guaranteed.  If an applicant is invited to attend an interview, they will be notified via their UCAS track and by email.  Unfortunately we cannot process a request for an alternative interview date via UCAS Track.  As the Medical School interviews a significant number of applicants within a constrained timetable, we are unable to re-schedule interviews.

An applicant must advise the Medical School directly if they will not be attending a scheduled interview (med-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk). There is no need to notify the Medical School if an applicant will be attending their interview, unless specifically asked by the Admissions Administrator.  Applicants who do not attend their interview will not be considered further.

 


The interview

All necessary instructions and guidance will be given to applicants prior to their interview. In summary:

  • The interview session will last around 30 minutes in total, divided into two sections - a panel A and a panel B. Panel A will explore what being a doctor means and related topics around this.  The panel B section will focus more on the applicant as a future doctor and will include discussion of an ethical scenario – applicants choose one from two given scenarios.
  • The interviews are conversational, with no writing required at any stage of the process. The only part of the interview that requires reading is the panel B section, where the applicant reads two ethical scenarios and chooses one for discussion.  We have included additional time in the time allocated for this task in order to be inclusive of applicants who have additional needs.  The scenarios are also very brief, only two or three sentences.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by two interviewers, who cover both Panel A and Panel B.

 


Preparation for interview

  • Refer to our undergraduate medical curriculum – gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/mus/admissions (see 'MBChB Programme Information')
  • Revisit your personal statement (interviewers have no knowledge about you other than your name)
  • Think of examples of your achievements and skills
  • Consider your personal characteristics
  • Reflect on previous interactions or experiences
  • Be aware of current issues/challenges within the NHS

Confidentiality:

 Your online interview will be subject to similar expectations regarding confidentiality as a face-to-face interview. You should not:

  • discuss questions you were asked or scenarios in your interview with others, either online or in person, following your interview
  • use any smartphone, electronic device or written resource during your interview
  • record your interview in any way

The University does not record interviews, and we do not give permission for any part of your interview to be electronically recorded.  We will hold no record of your interview performance other than interviewers’ score sheets.

Remember that integrity is an important aspect of good medical practice.  We would view any failure to respond to the guidance in this section as an issue of fitness to practise which could jeopardise any offer you are made.

 


Other Important Information

 

  • Applicants to the MBChB programme are encouraged to disclose any current or previous health conditions and/or disabilities, so that advice and support can be offered where necessary. Applicants who declare any health issues are considered on the same criteria and principles as all other applicants.
  • Regarding arrangements for interview, should you have a visual or hearing impairment, mental health difficulty, physical, mobility or other disability that we need to know about prior to your interview, please email med-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk as soon as possible so that any necessary  modifications/support can be arranged.
  • Offer Holders' Day. If you receive an offer, we strongly encourage you to attend this virtual event. Further details will be available in due course at: gla.ac.uk/explore/visit/undergraduateevents/offerholdersday

Please note that your application will be considered and administered on the basis of the information given on the UCAS application form and you must notify us immediately of any changes.

The Medical School normally processes offer decisions on the UCAS Track Service by the end of March.  As the UCAS deadline has been extended this year, some of our Applicants may not have their decision until Mid-April. Please note that you may not hear from us until this time.