MBChB Interviews

With the exception of International (non-EU) applicants residing near our Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Interview Hub (limited places available), all interviews will be conducted at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary (week commencing 09 December 2019) or in the Medical School (The 6th, 7th & 10th February 2020 tbc). International (non-EU) applicants who are invited to our Malaysia Interview Hub will be emailed details of the location in January/February 2020.

An interview is not guaranteed.  If a candidate 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, they are unable to re-schedule interviews. A candidate 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 a candidate 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 on the day (we know candidates may be nervous and are there to help), but to give you a guide as to what to candidates can expect:

  • The interview session will last around 30 minutes. Candidates will be interviewed by two panels (A and B), swapping mid-point, with two interviewers on each panel.  Multiple candidates will be interviewed within rooms.
  • From the applicant waiting area, candidates will be led to wait outside the interview rooms prior to interview, by candidate grouping A and B.  One of the groups will use the waiting time to read and select ONE from two scenarios to discuss.  The other group will sit and wait.
  • Candidate groups A and B will go into their respective rooms for interview.  Those who have just selected one scenario will be expected to discuss this with their interviewers at some point during this interview panel.  
  • After the first panel has finished, candidate groups A and B will again wait outside the interview rooms.  One of the groups will use the time to read and select ONE from two scenarios to discuss.  The other group (who have already discussed the scenario they chose) will sit and wait.
  • Candidate groups A and B will go into their respective rooms for their second panel interview. Those who have just selected one scenario will be expected to discuss this with their interviewers at some point during this interview panel.  
  • Once finished, candidates are encouraged to submit feedback to help develop the candidate experience.  This is completely anonymised and has no bearing on interview results.  Should candidate concerns be raised during the interview, candidates must report to a member of administrative staff immediately after the interview at the venue, prior to departure.

Preparation for interview

  • Refer to our undergraduate medical curriculum – www.gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/mus/admissions.
  • 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.
  • Explore what being a doctor means and the related themes or topics around this.

Other Important Information

  • Information about the undergraduate medical curriculum at Glasgow: www.gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/mus/admissions.
  • Please read our MBChB Admissions Guide: www.gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/mus/admissions.
  • Applicants Visit Day usually takes place in March. Candidates who receive an offer are strongly encouraged to attend this event www.gla.ac.uk/about/visit/opendays/applicantsvisit.
  • Applicants to the MBChB Course are encouraged to disclose any current or previous health conditions or disabilities, so that advice and support can be offered where necessary. Candidates who declare any health issues are considered on the same criteria and principles as for other candidates.
  • Regarding arrangements for interview, candidates who have a visual or hearing impairment, mental health difficulty, physical, mobility or other disability that we need to know about prior to interview, please email med-sch-admissions@glasgow.ac.uk two weeks prior to interview dates so that modifications/support can be arranged.  Please note that the interviews are conversational, with no writing required to be undertaken at any stage of the process, including the instructions.  The only part of the interview that requires reading is in the Panel that requires the applicant to read two ethical scenarios and choose one for discussion.  Please note that the Medical School has included additional time in the time allocated for this task in order to be inclusive of students who have additional needs on grounds of disability.  The scenarios are also very brief and a copy is also available in the interview room should an applicant need to refer to it.   
  • Please note that candidates applications will be considered and administered on the basis of the information given on the UCAS application form and applicants must notify us immediately of any changes.
  • The Medical School normally processes decisions on the UCAS Track Service by the end of March, so candidates may not hear from us until this time.