MBChB Interviews

For 2021 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 one or 2 sentences.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by 2 interviewers.


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


 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.  Please note that you may not hear from us until this time.

Additional information:

In a spirit of transparency, we are publishing below the criteria by which interviewers will be judging applicants during the interviews for 2021 entry:


  • Introductions (2 mins)
    • Explore their academic interests
    • What do they think have been their key academic achievements to date and why?
    • How do they see their academic achievements relating to a career in medicine
    • How important do they think science is in medicine and in what way?
    • What do you know about the Glasgow curriculum?
    • Why would you like to come to Glasgow?


  • What are the key behaviours that you might see in an excellent doctor? (score 1-5)(4 mins)
    • Do they understand the behaviours that good doctors exhibit including honesty, integrity, respect, professionalism, empathy, sympathy, good time management, good listening and communication skills, willingness to be a life-long learner?
    • Can they give personal examples where they have demonstrated these important behaviours?
    • What do they think they can do to develop these behaviours personally to make them good doctors?
  • What do you think are the challenges facing doctors in the 21st century? (score 1-5)(4 mins)
  •       Length of training
    • Do they understand the structure of medical training and its various stages, how long it takes and career choices?
  •       Work life balance
      • Do they have a realistic understanding of hours of work and work-life balance?
    • Ethical dilemmas
    • Resource and staffing pressures
    • Public expectations
    • Increasingly complex technology
    • Rapid advancement in treatments and investigations
    • (This list is not by any means exhaustive and any other relevant issues can be legitimately discussed)
  • Workload and lack of resources are the subjects of discussions among the NHS staff. This may intensify in the coming years.  How do you see yourself coping with such pressures? (score 1-5)(2 mins)
    • Do they understand the difficulties the NHS is currently facing
    • Are they able to maintain a work-life balance?
    • Do they feel that clinical outcomes are affected by the deteriorating financial situation of the NHS?
    • Do they have specific strategy to deal with intensive stressful situations at work
  • Suitability to study medicine (score 1-5)
    • Taking into account age, experience and background, do they have the attributes for a clinical career?
    • Can you see this person as a future clinical colleague?
    • Character attributes – eye contact, confident, reflective, communicates effectively, insightful (“knows themselves”).
    • Can they analyse, interpret and answer question and problems effectively?



 Tell me a little more about yourself  (score 1-5)(3 mins)

    • Explore their extracurricular interests
    • What do they think have been their key extracurricular achievements to date and why?
    • What are your favourite activities outside of school?
    • What might these activities bring to a career in medicine?
    • What do you think is the place of extracurricular activities in a life as a doctor?

 Teamwork and getting on with people  (score 1-5)(4 mins)

    • Have they any experience of working in a team? Have they ever led a team?
    • What do they understand by the need for team working in medicine?
    • What is the role of a doctor in a team – team leader or team player?

 Problem solving skills in a scenario setting (score 1-5)(5 mins)

    • Did they understand the scenario?
    • Did they ask for clarification of any parts of the scenario they did not understand?
    • Did they correctly identify the issue?
    • Did they correctly identify the different sides of the argument?
    • Did they demonstrate logical reasoning skills and thought processes?
    • Was their argument and solution compelling?
    • Did they present their conclusion in a logical and balanced way?
  • Suitability to study medicine (score 1-5)
    • Taking into account age, experience and background, do they have the attributes for a clinical career?
    • Can you see this person as a future clinical colleague?
    • Character attributes – eye contact, confident, reflective, communicates effectively, insight (“knows themselves”).
    • Can they analyse, interpret and answer question and problems effectively?