Date of entry

September 2022

Information about our interview is due to be updated for 2022 entry. Please check back mid-September for updates.

About your interview

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

Registration

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.

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

What to expect

Our online interviews take the form of a group interview and are designed to assess your thinking skills, your personal values, and your ability to communicate. Each of these are hugely important in shaping the kind of nurse you will be and at Dundee we place a lot of weight on them.

You will be given a briefing by a member of staff before being allocated to a group of 8 - 10 other applicants.

Your photo ID will initially be checked within this group, then you will take part in group discussions. There will be three aspects to the discussion and we need you to prepare for two of these in advance of your interview.

Group discussion and presentation

You should prepare a short presentation no longer than two minutes on the following topic:

  • Why you have decided to apply for your chosen field of Nursing and what motivates you as a person

You will be asked you to share this with the group and engage in the discussion. We ask for you to present without visual aids such as PowerPoint and that you do not read from notes. You may use brief notes written on cue cards for reference

In advance of your interview, we ask you to watch the following video Barbara’s Story. This video is being used with permission from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation. You will be asked to discuss the content with the group during your interview so it could be useful to take notes while watching.

Some things you might wish to consider while watching the video:

  • How did the video made you feel?
  • How do you think adults or children feel when they have to be admitted to hospital?
  • What do the words compassion and empathy mean to you?
  • What do you think the important takeaway messages from Barbara’s story?

Problem Solving

In discussion groups you will be given a scenario to consider.  It could be useful to have a pen and paper ready as to take notes during this part of your interview. 

Following your interview, a debrief will be emailed to you which gives more information about our courses along with information about holidays and placements.

Confidentiality

It’s natural to want to share your experience 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.

Applied for more than one nursing course?

We may still be considering your other applications. Despite this, you only need to attend one interview and you will only receive one invite to interview.

Our interviews are generic and cover all our nursing courses. You should book your interview as soon as possible to ensure you can secure a suitable time and date to attend.

Don't worry, we’ll let you know if there are updates to your other applications and will try to let you know before your interview. If we are unable to let you know beforehand, your interview will still cover you for both courses.

On the day

We use Blackboard Collaborate for our online interviews. You will be given a link to access your interview in your confirmation email. There is no need to register for an account or log in, simply click the link in your email to join the online meeting at the time stated in your confirmation and reminder email.

Dress Code

For your interview you should dress smartly, the same way you would for an in-person interview. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.

Running late

If you are running late on the day of your interview, please email applicant-interviews@dundee.ac.uk 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.

It is important you take part and engage in the group discussions while allowing other applicants their turn to talk and share their thoughts. Staff on the day will ensure everyone gets a chance to participate fully.

Timescales

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 to allow you to make any arrangements.

Interview timings

You should plan to be in your interview for approximately 90 minutes.

Interview dates

We hold our interviews between December and March. 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

After interview, some early decisions will be communicated but the majority of applicants will be notified after interviews are completed. Final decisions will be made by the end of March. This decision will be communicated via UCAS and will be emailed to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email account.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about your interview after you’ve received an invite please email
applicant-interviews@dundee.ac.uk