for Dentistry BDS
This information is for applicants who have received an invitation to an interview for Dentistry
About your interview
If you are invited to interview you have to attend in person on one of the pre-scheduled dates.
When you receive your interview booking confirmation, you will see your arrival time stated clearly. This time includes registration so there is no need to arrive earlier than the time stated.
Before you begin your interview, we will verify your identity against the details provided in your application. Please bring your photo ID with you on the day.
This will take around 30 minutes.
Issued by a government agency or professional institution showing your name, date of birth, and a clear image of your face.
Examples include your photocard driving licence (full or provisional), passport, national ID card or Young Scot card.
Our interviews take the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Here is what you can expect:
There are 10 interview stations in total. You will spend 7 minutes at each station.
Some of the stations are traditional one-to-one interviews where you will be asked to consider a question, situation, or dilemma. Even though these are often framed in a clinical or dental context, no prior dental knowledge is required to address them. We want to find out about your values and your ability to think critically and flexibly on your feet. We are looking to assess your work experience, your communication skills, and your ability to work in a team. We are looking for caring and hardworking individuals.
The other stations are more interactive. You might have a role-playing situation with an actor or be asked to complete a task with a helper. Don't get fazed if you can't complete tasks. They are designed to be challenging, and we may not be measuring your ability to complete the tasks, but rather how you react to being unable to do so.
The MMI format is designed to assess your thinking skills, your personal values, and your ability to communicate. These are all hugely important in shaping the kind of dentist you will be and here in Dundee we place a lot of weight on them.
The interview consists of short independent 'stations'. This means that you get ten fresh starts, so if a particular station doesn't go well then it's not the end of the world. The majority of candidates will find that some stations go better than others. The MMI format helps to even out this fluctuation in interview performance so that there is less for you to worry about on the day.
It's natural to want to share your experiences with others, however, we ask you not to discuss the specific topics or tasks at the stations with other applicants, school friends, or online. Although there is little evidence that knowing the station details in advance makes a difference to performance, we feel that the integrity of the system is better upheld if the topics and tasks of individual stations are confidential. We would appreciate your cooperation with this.
On the day
Managing your nerves
We recognise that MMI interviews are stressful, just like other kinds of interview. We don't want this to stop you from giving your best performance. If it's obvious that you're becoming a bit flustered, our interviewers will be helpful and encouraging and will put you at ease.
Dress smartly, please don't wear jeans or trainers. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.
In addition to your interview, you will be offered the opportunity to take an informal 30 minute tour of the School of Dentistry while you are with us. You will have a chance to speak to current students for a candid view of what it's like to study with us. There is no obligation for you to do this, but our students tell us that it helped with their decision making.
In addition, tours of our city campus (including accommodation) will be available at 12pm and 3pm on the day of your interview. Tours will leave from and return to the Dalhousie Building and will take approximately 40 minutes. If these times don’t work for you, please email us at email@example.com and we will try our best to arrange an alternative time for you.
Invite to interview
If you are invited to interview, we will email your invitation to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email accounts in November/December. We will not notify you of an invitation via UCAS. We don't issue all invitations at once, instead we release invitations in phases depending on when your application has been assessed by our Admissions Team. Where possible, we will try to give you at least two weeks' notice to allow you to make your travel arrangements.
When making travel arrangements you should plan to be with us for approximately 3 hours.
Registration: 30 minutes
Interview: 75 minutes
Tour of dental school: 30 minutes
Optional tour of campus: 40 minutes
We hold our interviews throughout December, January, and February. It is wise not to plan holidays over this period so that you don’t miss out on an interview date. Our booking system will allow you to choose from a selection of dates and times, we advise that you book quickly to secure a slot which is best for you.
All interviews must be completed before we can make any decisions. Final decisions will be made by the end of March. A decision will be made via UCAS and will be emailed to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email account.
School of Dentistry, Dundee Dental Hospital, Dundee
Please wait in the main reception area of the Dental Hospital, a Student Ambassador will be there to greet you. The reception area is a small space within a working Dental Hospital, we ask that you arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled time.