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Medicine at University of Chester Medical School (GEM) & Interview Questions 2023

Overview of Chester Medical School


Graduate Entry Only 

Chester Medical School, a part of the University of Chester, offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in biomedical and life sciences, as well as medical practice. The school is set to launch its four-year Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course from September 2024, providing a unique opportunity for students with a previous degree in any discipline to pursue a medical degree.

The GEM program at Chester Medical School is designed to accommodate students from diverse backgrounds, not just those with a scientific or healthcare-related degree. Currently open only to international students, the school plans to extend this opportunity to home students soon. The first cohort will commence in 2024, and the program is undergoing the General Medical Council's (GMC) quality assurance process to ensure high educational standards.

The GEM course will be delivered mainly at the Chester campus with facilities at Exton Park, Wheeler Building, and Bache Hall. Students will be partnered with several NHS sites for practical exposure. The course comprises 160 teaching weeks, with approximately 100 weeks dedicated to clinical placements across Cheshire, Shropshire, and North Wales.

Year One focuses on university-based teaching, with learning organized into five blocks of five weeks each. The curriculum utilizes Case-Based Learning (CBL) as the central teaching method, supplemented by lectures, seminars, and clinical skills sessions. Students will have early patient contact and will be exposed to various clinical settings, including state-of-the-art simulation suites, hospitals, general practices, and community placements.

Assessment includes formative assessments at the end of each teaching block and summative assessments at the end of years 1, 2, and 4. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Chester, enabling them to work as Foundation Year 1 doctors in the UK or equivalent posts overseas.

Chester Medical School is committed to delivering a high-quality medical education, with Warwick Medical School as its contingency school to ensure students' progression and completion.


Chester Medicine Course Structure

The Chester Medical School's Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course is a four-year program with a focus on Case-Based Learning (CBL). The course structure is as follows:

Year 1:

  • University-based teaching on Chester campus

  • Organized into five blocks of five weeks each, covering various medical topics

  • Patient contact and clinical skills training from the first term

Year 2:

  • Divided into three main blocks: Advanced Cases 1, Core Clinical Education, and Student Selected Component (SSC)

  • Transition to a greater amount of teaching in the clinical environment

  • Core Clinical Education includes time spent in various medical specialties

  • SSC allows students to explore a particular topic in greater depth

Year 3:

  • Majority of teaching based in the community, general practice, and NHS hospitals

  • Divided into three main blocks: Student Selected Component, Advanced Cases 2, and Specialist Clinical Placements

  • Specialist Clinical Placements cover eight specialties, with six placements in Year 3 and the remaining two in Year 4

Year 4:

  • Divided into four blocks: Specialist Clinical Placements, Elective, Advanced Clinical Cases, and Assistantship

  • Elective allows students to undertake a medical project in a setting of their choice, often outside the UK

  • Advanced Clinical Cases helps consolidate knowledge and practice skills in a practical clinical context

  • Assistantship prepares students for work as a Foundation Year 1 doctor, integrating them within a clinical team

Teaching methods include small group seminars, clinical skills and simulation sessions, and larger lecture theaters. There are 160 teaching weeks over the four years, with around 100 weeks in clinical placements across Cheshire, Shropshire, and North Wales. Students are assessed through formative assessments at the end of each teaching block and summative assessments at the end of years 1, 2, and 4.

Chester Medical School Entry Requirements - Medicine


We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.

A Levels

We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.


We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.

Scottish Higher

We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.

Scottish Advanced

We do not look at school-leaving qualifications as part of admissions criteria.


Admission Tests for Chester Medical School



How Does Chester Medical School Look At The UCAT?

Chester UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 Entry

UCAT is one of the entry criteria for graduate entry and you must meet the minimum threshold mark, there is no current information as to what this is. 

Note: It is only available for graduates for 2024 entry





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Course Information

Graduate Entry

Yes - exclusively for graduate entrants only



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International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £43500


Work Experience Requirements for Chester Medical School

At least 70 hours of work experience in the last 4 years in a healthcare setting in required for admission to Chester Medical School. Should involve direct "hands-on" care of people. "Shadowing", e.g. of doctors, is acceptable but can only count for a maximum of 20 hours of the 70 hours minimum work experience.


How does Chester look at the personal statement for medicine?

No information given.


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Chester Medical School Interview Questions 2023

Key Details

- Chester Medical School's interview is the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) format

- There will be a number of stations you will rotate around

Interview Dates

Will be accepting applications from Autumn 2023 for September 2024 entry

Key Aspects

Chester has not provided any information on their MMI topics - here are some that we would prepare just in case:

Motivation to study medicine

  1. Why medicine?

  2. Why Chester?

  3. What did you learn from your work experience?

  4. What do you know about the Chester Medicine course? How is it taught?

  5. What is the remote rural practice offered by Chester medical school?

  6. What is the difference between medicine in cities and in rural areas in Chester?

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

  8. Why medicine and not dentistry or nursing?

  9. Tell us about your volunteering

  10. What are your hobbies?

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

  12. What are the careers of your family?

  13. Are you the 1st of your siblings to go to University?

  14. How are you going to finance medical school?

  15. What first made you realise you wanted to be a doctor?

  16. What would you do if you didn’t get into medical school this year?

  17. Give us an example of a time when you have cared for others.

Personal Insight

  1. Why should patients trust you?

  2. What are your best qualities?

  3. How do you manage stress?

  4. Give us an example of a time when you demonstrated resilience.

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

  6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  7. How would your friends describe you?

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

  9. Should doctors always tell the truth?

NHS & Local Area

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

  2. How would you manage a public health campaign?

  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 Chester?

  8. What are the biggest issues surrounding non-communicable diseases on a local, national and international level?

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

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

  11. What do you think are going to be the long-term consequences of COVID on the NHS?

  12. How does the healthcare system differ here compared to other areas in the UK?

Ethical Scenarios

  1. Understanding of the four ethical principles

  2. Understanding of the GMC’s good medical practice

  3. What is the debate surrounding euthanasia, should it be legalised?

  4. Who would you give this organ to? [Prioritisation]

  5. If you notice that a colleague has turned up to work drunk, what would you do?

  6. Who can you escalate concerns to within a hospital?

  7. Role play: dealing with an aggressive customer

  8. Role play: dealing with a patient who has added you on social media

🗣️ The University of Chester Medicine Interview Tips for 2023 entry

  1. Keep your answers succinct - this allows the Chester selectors enough time to ask all of the interview questions that they want or need to - allowing you the best chance of scoring well.

  2. No need to learn science - Given that the pre-interview scoring system selects candidates who appear to have sufficient academic potential, the interview does not test academic knowledge or have any questions relating to the school curriculum.

  3. Have examples ready to use: questions often require you to draw on certain examples from your personal life, medical work experience and medical volunteering to help make key points that the selectors are looking for. As such, it is paramount that you spend time learning about these examples and thinking about different scenarios that you can use at the interview. It is helpful if these scenarios are malleable and can be applied to a number of different questions e.g. being a football captain, deputy head girl or playing in the school orchestra.

  4. Personal Attributes - Chester could ask you about personal attributes during the MMI interview. As such it is paramount that you go through and learn these. Check out our 200+ interview question and answer guide for dealing with such interview questions. 

  5. Know the doctor training pathway: this is useful to draw answers to show awareness about the career in medicine - and demonstrates that you have a considered approach, fortunately, we have a guide to the NHS and the doctor’s training pathway in 2023 here.

  6. Read the MMI instructions carefully - you get enough time to read the instructions provided before the MMI station. Make sure that you don’t miss anything from this. Try and plan how you will structure your answer thereafter in the reading time that you get. Therefore it is really important that you practice MMI questions and ensure that you think about your structure for as many questions as possible before your interview.

  7. MMI Stations - remember that each MMI station at Chester is independent of the other. Therefore it is paramount that you try to treat them as such, if you have a bad station, try to forget about it and reset for the next station, this gives you the best chance of scoring well overall. Read our ultimate guide to preparing for medicine MMIs here.

  8. Know the Chester Course - Make sure you know about the Chester-specific aspects of their curriculum including the remote and rural options offered by the university. All students will enjoy a clinical attachment experiencing different areas around Chester.

  9. Know the local area - Chester is a diverse region of England, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the Chester region from the rest of England and the UK. Ensure that you research both communicable and non-communicable diseases in the area. How might this impact healthcare provision in the area?

  10. Reflect Well - the Chester Medicine selectors, like all selectors will have importance on reflection, make sure that you are good at not just stating what you have learnt, but also how this helped and what you benefitted from, and what you will carry forward about this at medical school and in clinical medicine. This is especially true when reflecting on your medical work experience during the medicine interview.

  11. Practice Role Plays: Role plays are unique to medicine MMI interviews as they do not tend to occur in panel interviews. The only way to ace these stations is to practice! There are so many different medicine role-play scenarios that can come up, such as breaking bad news in the medicine interview, it is paramount that you read about tips for answering role-play scenarios. You might want to also consider practising this with a medicine interview tutor, or booking a 1-1 online mock interview.

  12. Don’t over-rehearse - this is a common theme amongst interview students and is very obvious to a trained examiner. As such, we would recommend focusing on the structure of your answer, and then naturally letting it flow when speaking to the answers, concentrating on the delivery of your interview answers. Read about our top tips for medicine interviews here. If you are struggling with this, consider booking sessions with an expert medicine interview tutor.

  13. Learn about the non-academic societies at Chester - this is really important and might augment your Why Medicine question as well as help you formulate an answer to how you will contribute to life at Chester University. Spend time on their website, or looking at their Instagram for ideas about societies that you could think about joining.

  14. Learn Medical Ethics & NHS Hot Topics - it is extremely likely that you will be asked about medical ethics at a medicine interview at Chester, so there is no excuse not to brush up on your knowledge on these topics, especially the four pillars of medical ethics. Learn how to provide a balanced argument on this. Check out some of our free articles on NHS Hot Topics here. It is good if you have an opinion on them, as long as you present a balanced and well-reasoned argument, ultimately, which side you choose does not matter, but is helpful to have. Check out our bank of 200+ medicine interview questions.

  15. Learn the NHS Core Values - This can be drawn into different answers about personal qualities or qualities of a doctor, which has formed a feature of stations in the past, and a good understanding of these core values will help you stand out against others. It is important to know about the NHS in general for your medical interviews - read our article here on this.

  16. Good Medical Practice - Chester also puts emphasis on knowing the values and qualities of a good doctor, which can be found in this document and are likely to come up at the interview in the MMI stations. This is universal to many universities, and something that we always recommend students cover during their medicine interview preparation.

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