Date of entry

September 2020

This information is for applicants who have received an invitation to an interview for Medicine. We are currently reviewing the format and method used for interviews. We aim to have this confirmed for August.

About your interview

If you are invited to interview you must attend in person on one of the pre-scheduled dates.

Registration

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 process will take around 30 minutes.

    Photo ID

    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.

    Interview format

    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 consider a question, situation, or dilemma. Even though these 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. 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 to work with an actor or complete a task along with a helper. Don't get fazed if you can't complete tasks as they designed to be challenging. We may not necessarily 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 doctor 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. Many 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.

    Confidentiality

    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 code

    Dress smartly, please don't wear jeans or trainers. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.

    Campus tours

    In addition to your interview, you will be offered the opportunity to take an informal 30 minute tour of the School of Medicine 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 in 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 visitus@dundee.ac.uk and we will try our best to arrange an alternative time.

    Running late

    If for any reason you are running late on the date of your interview, please call the school office on +44 (0)1382 383617

    Timescales

    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.

    Interview timings

    When making travel arrangements you should plan to be with us for approximately 3 hours.

    • Registration: 30 minutes
    • Interview: 75 minutes
    • Tour of medical school: 30 minutes
    • Optional tour of campus: 40 minutes

    Interview dates

    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.

    Interview outcome

    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 communicated via UCAS and will be emailed to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email account.

    Location

    Ninewells Hospital, Ninewells Drive, Dundee, DD2 1UB

    • Driving: If you are using satnav, use the postcode or search for Ninewells Hospital or Ninewells Drive. Parking is available on site and is pay on exit.
    • From the city centre: There are frequent bus connections from Dundee city centre to Ninewells Hospital. The 5 and 73 services run up to every ten minutes during the day. Use the main concourse entrance, turn left at reception for the School of Medicine.

    Travel to Dundee

    Any questions?

    If you have any further questions about your interview, after you've received an invite

    applicant-interviews@dundee.ac.uk