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Medicine at University of Birmingham Medical School & Interview Questions 2024

Overview of The University of Birmingham Medical School

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Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city, offers a fantastic array of diverse culture, history and modern development. The University of Birmingham Medicine is actually located just outside of the city centre, but most students (medical and non-medical) live in this area. Birmingham University Medical School became part of the University of Birmingham in 1900. Birmingham is also home to some of the UK's leading hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital right next door, offering outstanding placement opportunities to many of our students.

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Course Structure at the University of Birmingham Medicine

Years 1 and 2

During your first two years of Medicine Birmingham course you will learn about the structure and function of the human body. All medical students can expect plenty of patient contact, but in Birmingham you’ll start this from as early as week 2 to quickly build up your skills and confidence when communicating with patients. In each year you will spend eight days in the community with GPs and patients, linking biological and behavioural theoretical learning to clinical situations with real patients. You will visit GP surgeries throughout your studies at a mix of inner city, suburban and some rural settings to gain maximum exposure to a range of patients and conditions. 


Year 3 

From your third year onwards, most of your teaching will take place in our partner Teaching Hospital Trusts. Teaching in hospitals and general practices will ensure students receive excellent training in each speciality. You will further develop your basic clinical skills in taking a good clinical history and examining patients, as well as studying the communication skills needed to deliver effective consultations. 


Years 4 and 5 

During your final two years at Birmingham Medical School on the course you will undertake clinical attachments in a wide range of specialities as well as a composite attachment in emergency medicine, intensive care, general hospital medicine and surgery will prepare you for the range of problems that you will encounter as a Foundation Doctor. Many of our students choose to undertake their elective abroad to experience a healthcare system in a different cultural context.

University of Birmingham Medicine Entry Requirements

GCSE

7 GCSEs are needed as a minimum


The required subjects are:

  • English Language at grade 6/B or higher

  • English Literature is not required but is one of the identified subjects that we will score

  • Mathematics at grade 6/B or higher

  • Biology and Chemistry or dual award science at grade 6/B or higher

A Levels

A*AA (Increased for 2024 entry, Birmingham's standard A-Level offer).


Applicants must have a prediction of minimum AAA


Must include Chemistry & Biology.

IB

Higher level: 7,6,6 from Chemistry and Biology and one other approved subject


Standard level: The subjects must include English and Mathematics if not offered at the higher level (Maths Studies is acceptable). - Minimum of 32 points must be attained

Scottish Higher

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Scottish Advanced

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Degree (Graduates)

Graduate Entry Medicine Birmingham Birmingham offers a four-year MBChB Birmingham Graduate Entry Medicine course, designed specifically for graduates and is an excellent opportunity to develop the skills you need to become a medical practitioner. 


Birmingham Graduate Entry Medicine Requirements: Applicants must offer an Undergraduate Degree in a Life Science subject at a 2:1 classification or above. No more than 5 years since this degree.


The Birmingham Graduate Medicine course also considers applications from Home/EU students only. We also offer a three-year training programme for qualified dentists wishing to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Birmingham University Medicine Admissions Tests

UCAT

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How Does Birmingham Medical School Look At The UCAT?


Birmingham UCAT Cut Off 2024 for 2025 Entry


For 2023 entry, the UCAT Cut Off Score was 2670.


Used in combination with academics (see Birmingham Application Score Calculator). Candidates are split into deciles and allocated a score based on that. The top decile requires approximately 2950 in the UCAT (See UCAT Deciles for more information)


No Birmingham UCAT cut-off score. 


Ranking for the interview is by application score:

  • GCSEs = 45%

  • UCAT = 40%

  • Contextual = 15%


Birmingham Score Cutoffs (2023 Entry)

  • GCSE Score: 3.75 (Non-WP), 3.00 (WP)

  • Total Application Score: 8.125 (Non-WP) 8.067 (WP)

  • Median GCSE Score: 4.5 (Non-WP), 4.5 (WP)


🚩 SJT contributes to the interview score. 


👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW at Birmingham [use with caution]

  • 2023 Entry: 2670 (standard), 2500 (contextual), 2960 (International)

  • 2022 Entry: 2700

  • 2021 Entry: 2690


👉🏼 MEDIAN UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW at Birmingham:

  • 2023 Entry: 3000 (standard), 2770 (contextual)

  • 2022 Entry: 2670

  • 2021 Entry: 2720

  • 2020 Entry 2650


👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW at Birmingham:

  • 2022 entry: 2811

  • 2021 entry: 2822


👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score GIVEN AN OFFER at Birmingham [Home]:

  • 2022 entry: 2831

  • 2021 entry: 2843


👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score GIVEN AN OFFER at Birmingham [International]:

  • 2022 entry: 2952

  • 2021 entry: 2955


Birmingham Medical School Selection Process 2023

We will apply the following selection process to all standard applicants:

  • Applications will receive an overall score, which is the sum of weighted scores for each of three components: academic, UCAT and contextual

  • The inclusion of a contextual element to the score replaces our previous method of assigning 20% of interview places to contextual applicants

  • The weighting will be: 45% academic, 40% UCAT and 15% contextual. 

  • We will not score your personal statement, but you must offer evidence of commitment to medicine (see 'Preparing to Apply')


Scoring an application

An application score is generated from GCSE and UCAT results as well as a contextual element as follows:


GCSE

Each application will receive a score for academic achievement based on results in seven GCSE (or equivalent) subjects. The subjects that will be scored are: English (both English Language and English Literature), Mathematics (or one, but not both, of Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics), Biology and Chemistry (or dual award science), plus two additional GCSEs in any subject. We will not exempt anyone from requiring a score for all identified subjects.


For the subjects specified above a minimum of grade B/6 must be offered and the scores allocated to the different grades are as follows:

  • 8 or 9/A* = 4

  • 7/A = 2

  • 6/B = 1


For each of the two unspecified subjects, a score of 2 will be allocated when an 8 or 9/A*grade has been obtained. Lower grades will not receive a score.


The total GCSE score will be scaled to a maximum of 4.5.


Because we rank applicants according to a total score, we cannot define a GCSE grade profile that will be acceptable.


UCAT

There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. Your total UCAT score from the four subtests (i.e. excluding the band result for the Situational Judgment Test, SJT), will be ranked among those for all applicants. The scores will be segregated into deciles and we will allocate our own score to each decile. For example, the top 10% of applicants’ scores will be in the top decile and will receive a maximum score of 4.0 in our process [this changes every year depending on the deciles]. 


The band score for the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) component of UCAT will be used at the interview stage.


For 2022 entry:  >8.0/10 for an interview for non-WP participants, minimum UCAT score of 2850 and minimum GCSE score of 4.0


Contextual Requirements

Applicants must have attended a contextual school or have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) during their secondary education to receive a score for this element.


Consideration of contextual information is not new but from 2020/21 we have incorporated the contextual element into the algorithm used to score all applicants, instead of setting aside interview places for contextual applicants. We also incorporate POLAR4 data into our process.

We describe elsewhere the mechanism we use for identifying a contextual school and an explanation of POLAR4 (see ‘Entry Requirements MBChB (5 year)’).

Contextual School

If you studied at a school that meets our contextual criteria for GCSEs and/or A Levels, you will receive a score for the contextual element. Applicants from state (non-independent) schools in Wales will receive a contextual score. Please contact your school provider or search for your school on gov.uk for more information.

POLAR4

You can retrieve your POLAR4 quintile from the Office for Students website: OFS Postcode Lookup.


Interview

Selection for interview is determined by ranking applicants according to the total application score (combination of GCSE, UCAT and contextual scores, with a maximum of 10). We expect to interview over 1,100 standard applicants.


If this ranking does not allow us to identify an exact cut-off, we will rank applicants with the same score according to their UCAT results (focusing primarily on the score for Verbal Reasoning).



🏆 Birmingham Admissions Statistics (2022-2023)

  • Standard Entry: 900 Applications, 299 Interviews, 254 Offers

  • Graduate Entry: 130 Applications, 30 Interviews, 20 Offers

  • Contextual: 989 Applications, 517 Interviews, 365 Offers

  • Widening Participation: 280 Applications, 229 Interviews, 142 Offers


Number of places (2023 entry): Home – 372; International – 28


👉🏼 Latest UCAT Cut Off Scores Per Medical School (Updated for 2024 Entry)

👉🏼 Where to apply with a low UCAT score in 2024 (2025 Entry)
 

BMAT

No

GAMSAT

No

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Course Information

Graduate Entry

Birmingham Graduate Entry Medicine Requirements

Intercalation

Optional

Intercalated Programmes within Medicine Degree: Birmingham If you attain a good standard in examinations you may wish to take advantage of the excellent breadth of internationally competitive research within the University of Birmingham Medical School through an in-depth study of chosen topics for one year, leading to the award of a Bachelor’s degree. You then return to complete the MBChB programme.


Applications : Place

Application Statistics (Home)

Application Statistics (International)

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21.9


Applications : Interview

2.2

8.4

International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £30330 (Preclinical)
£48660 (Clinical)

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Work Experience - University of Birmingham Medical School

To study at The University of Birmingham Medical School you will need to have a minimum 2 weeks work experience

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Personal Statement for Birmingham Medicine

The personal statement at Birmingham is not scored, but it is expected that the personal statement shows commitment to studying medicine.

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University of Birmingham Medicine Interview Questions 2024

Key Details

  • MMI Interview

  • In Person (home students, confirmed for 2024 entry), Online (for internationals, 2024 entry)

  • 6 or 7 stations

  • Each station 6 minutes long + 2 minutes reading time = 8 mins in total

  • Interviewers will be a mix of academic staff, clinical staff, professional staff, senior medical students +- an observer

Interview Dates

Birmingham Medicine Interview Dates 2022 for 2023 entry: 

  • Invitations sent in December 2022 - January 2023

  • Interview Dates - January 2023 - February 2023

  • Results - by mid-March 2023

  • A tour of the university will also be given on the same day

Key Aspects

🎓 Birmingham Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2024


  • Critical thinking (interview) - you will be presented with a healthcare topic that you are not expected to know about. You must identify relevant issues and present a balanced argument for both sides, before suggesting an appropriate course of action.

  • Commitment and insight into medicine (interview) - You will be asked to discuss specific aspects of your work experience and your reflections on this, especially where you have provided care or support to a vulnerable individual. They will focus on insights gained from this work experience and from watching other healthcare professionals (not necessarily doctors)

  • Dealing with personal and ethical challenges (interview) - You will be provided with a scenario relating to potential challenges faced by staff working in healthcare. You have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the personal qualities important for coping in a demanding career and also provide an assessment of your own capabilities in dealing with this challenge.

  • Data interpretation (interview)
    You will be provided with a clinically relevant data set and asked to interpret this and then draw conclusions that are appropriate to the scenario. You are not expected to have prior clinical knowledge in order to do this. Thinking about how you might communicate information to a patient or their carer in an accurate but accessible manner is an important element of this task. You must keep your answer jargon-free.

  • Interaction in a healthcare setting station (role-play) - Your skills in communication are important throughout the interview process, but in this station, you will be engaging with one of the professional role-players used for training and assessing healthcare students. You are expected to interact with the role player as if the situation is real. The role player will be assuming a specified role. Your skills in establishing an effective rapport whilst dealing effectively with the challenges that will be presented to you will be assessed.

  • Interaction in a Social Setting station (role-play) - This role-play station gives you a chance to show how comfortable and confident you are meeting a new person and having a short conversation covering issues of substance, as well as giving appropriate advice relevant to the scenario. In the role play, you will be interacting with a university student. You’ll be provided with a brief paragraph to explain the context of the conversation, and then how it runs depends on how you respond to the student prompts.

  • Calculation station (computer-based stations) - You will be asked to undertake simple mathematical calculations involving data that has clinical relevance. The mathematical skills that are being tested are at or below the GCSE level, and those taking A-level Mathematics are not necessarily at an advantage. The sophistication of each task is to recognise which piece or pieces of data need to be manipulated at a particular stage and to determine the precise logical and mathematical approach that needs to be applied. There will be a number of stages in the calculations, and establishing the order in which these are performed is important, too.


💯 Birmingham (UOB) Medical Interview Questions Scoring 2024


Offers will be based on interview performance data & the SJT result from UCAT.


The maximum score for each MMI station and the SJT component will be the same (i.e. all stations and the SJT component are equally weighted). The following scoring system will be applied to the SJT result:


  • Band 1 = Maximum score

  • Band 2 = 2/3 of maximum

  • Band 3 = 1/3 of maximum

  • Band 4 = 0


It may be possible to fail the overall interview by not meeting a minimum standard on just one of the stations. This minimum standard is usually set well below the average score.


Offers are based on interview performance and SJT score only, not academic merit. Academic factors are no longer looked at once a candidate has reached the interview stage (unless they are borderline with another student).


❓ Birmingham Medical Interview Past, Recent & Likely Questions 2024


Motivation to study medicine

  1. Why medicine?

  2. Why Birmingham?

  3. What did you learn from your work experience?

  4. What qualities of a doctor did you see from your work experience?

  5. What do you know about the Birmingham Medicine course? How is it taught?

  6. Why do you think you will be well suited to this course?

  7. Why medicine and not dentistry or nursing?

  8. Tell us about your volunteering

  9. What are your hobbies?

  10. What are the negatives of a career in medicine?


Personal Insight

  1. Have you ever made a mistake? What did you learn from it?

  2. Why should patients trust you?

  3. What are your best qualities?

  4. How do you manage stress?

  5. Can you provide us with an example of a time when you demonstrated resilience?

  6. Give us an example of a time when you demonstrated teamwork.

  7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  8. How would your friends describe you?

  9. Tell us about an article that you have recently read.

  10. Should doctors always tell the truth?


NHS & Local Area

  1. What is the CQC?

  2. What changes would you make to the NHS if you could?

  3. How would you improve the local A&E department?

  4. What are the NHS values and why are they important?

  5. What is it like to be a doctor?

  6. How do you deal with overpopulation?

  7. What do you know about the local area here in Birmingham?

  8. What are the main challenges that face the NHS?

  9. How has COVID changed the way the NHS operates?