Interview for Medicine - Gateway to Medicine MBChB
Further information about interviews will be confirmed by mid-November 2023
About your interview
Interviews this year will be in person and involve staff and students from our School of Medicine. Overseas students will be given the option of a remote interview in case travel restrictions prevent them from attending in person.
Face-to-face interviews will involve moving from one station to another and meeting a different interviewer at each station. Remote interviews will take the form of a panel interview, with the same panel interviewing for all stations.
In both formats, you will discuss five scenarios during your interview.
There will be a short break in between each scenario where you will have time to read the briefing material for the next station before answering the questions.
Even though the scenarios are often framed in a clinical or medical context, no prior medical knowledge is required to address them. We want to find out about your ability to think critically and flexibly, "on your feet" as it were.
We are looking to assess your communication skills, your ability to work in a team, and your personal values. These are all hugely important in shaping the kind of doctor you will be and we place a lot of weight on them.
We seek caring and hardworking individuals. We will also be interested in your work experience, but we recognise that your ability to gain this may have been affected by the pandemic.
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. 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
The face-to-face interviews will be held in the medical school at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
For remote interviews, we use a platform called Blackboard Collaborate. You will be given a link to access your interview in your confirmation email. You do not need to register an account or log in. Just click the link in your email to join the online meeting at the time stated in your confirmation and reminder email.
Before you begin your interview, we will verify your identity against the details provided in your application. Please have your photo ID with you on the day as this will be asked for, regardless of the interview format.
Must be 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.
For your interview you should dress smartly. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.
If you think you will be late for your interview, email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Managing your nerves
We recognise that interviews are stressful, and 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.
Invite to interview
If you are invited to interview, we will email your invitation to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address. You will not be notified of an invitation via UCAS.
Rather than issuing all invitations at once, we release them 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.
You should plan to be in your interview for approximately 60 minutes.
We hold our interviews between December and January. It is wise not to plan holidays over this period so that you don’t miss out on an interview date.
After the interview, some early decisions will be communicated but most applicants will be notified after all interviews have been completed.
Final decisions will be made by the UCAS decision date. This decision will be communicated via UCAS and will be emailed to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email accounts.
Applied for Dundee MBChB and ScotGEM?
If you have been offered an interview for both Dundee MBChB and the ScotGEM graduate entry programme, you will be interviewed for both programmes at the same time.
This will take place at the end of January 2022 so please try to be flexible at that time. If you have been offered an interview for Dundee but not yet heard about ScotGEM, please get in touch with us on the email below.