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Medicine at University of Exeter Medical School & Interview Questions 2023

Overview of University of Exeter Medical School


Exeter Medical School’s five-year degree programme leads to the award of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) and draws on the strength of a partnership with the NHS in Devon and Cornwall to provide an exciting and innovative medical undergraduate degree programme and delivering a unique learning experience in healthcare. Exeter Medicine an integrated PBL teaching style, students have the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills that will prepare them for their future career.


Course Structure of BMBS Exeter

The five-year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) programme draws on the strength of the partnership with the NHS in Devon and Cornwall to provide a unique learning experience in healthcare. 

Clinical Placements In the later years of the programme you will be immersed in the clinical environment with extensive opportunities for learning from patients as you move through the pathways of the patient care programme. 

Community Placements The community placements provide experience of the multi-professional nature of medicine and the importance of the healthcare team. 

In your final year, you will learn the job of medicine and start to develop your own clinical practice in preparation for graduation. You’ll undertake a series of apprenticeship attachments in NHS hospitals across the South West.

Exeter Medicine Entry Requirements


Grade 4 (C) in English Language & Maths

A Levels


Must include Chemistry & Biology


36/666 IB Biology and Chemistry at HL6

Scottish Higher


Scottish Advanced



Exeter Medical School Admission Tests



How Does Exeter Medical School Look At The UCAT?

Exeter UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 Entry

Candidates ranked by UCAT and this list determines those who are invited to interview in 2024. 

Applicants who meet the published entry requirements will have their UCAT and Academic qualifications weighted in order to assign a score. 

Weightings will be 25% UCAT and 75% Academic achievement.

Please check their selection criteria to work out your Essex Score. 

👉🏼 Exeter Medical School Score Cut Off (use the link above)

  • 95 points cut off (essentially meant that you required 3A* predictions and a top 3 decile UCAT score) 

👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW at Exeter (not actually a cut-off) (Non-Widening Participation) ?anomalies in their data

  • 2022 Entry: 1820 

  • 2021 Entry: 1820

  • 2020 Entry: 1830

  • 2019 Entry: 2020

  • 2018 Entry: 1900

  • 2017 Entry: 1560


  • 2022 Entry: 2892 

  • 2021 Entry: 2767

  • 2020 Entry: 2652

  • 2019 Entry: 2629

  • 2018 Entry: 2735

  • 2017 Entry: 2144




Exeter Medical School GAMSAT

Candidates applying for Exeter Postgraduate Medicine with an existing degree, or if it will be more than two full academic years (September to August) since you completed your A levels or equivalent qualifications when you enter the BMBS programme, will be required to sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). Applications will be sorted according to the GAMSAT overall score.

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Course Information

Graduate Entry

Available for candidates that have an existing degree.



Intercalation at Exeter University 

Medicine occurs between years 4 and 5. An intercalated degree provides the opportunity to explore another discipline at degree level, bringing added breadth and depth to your study. You may have the opportunity to intercalate and study 120 credits from another Bachelor’s degree (usually the final year) or a one-year Masters degree from a wide range of options available at the University of Exeter.

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International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £45700


Exeter Medical School Work Experience Requirements

Work experience is not a part of Exeter’s formal selection process.


Personal Statement for Exeter Medical School

Not used unless mitigating circumstances


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Exeter Interview Medicine Questions 2023

Key Details

  • MMI Interview

  • Virtual (confirmed for 2023 Entry) on Zoom

  • 5 stations, each lasting 5 minutes with a 1 minute break between each station

Interview Dates

Exeter Medical School interviews candidates between December 2022 and March 2023

Key Aspects

🎓 Exeter Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2023

The Exeter Medicine MMI will focus on the following:

  • Communication Skills

  • Empathy

  • Insight into strengths and weaknesses

  • Motivation to study medicine

  • Reflectiveness

There is no group work or written test, and there are no academic or scientific questions at the Exeter medicine interview.

❓ Exeter Medical Interview Past Questions 2023 & Likely Topics

Please find below a list of suggested questions that could come up at your interview this year, created by our team to help guide your preparation. 

Motivation to study medicine

  1. Why medicine?

  2. Why Exeter?

  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 Exeter 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. Why should patients trust you?

  2. What are your best qualities?

  3. How do you manage stress?

  4. Can you provide us with 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. Tell us about a time when you have prioritised effectively.

  8. How would your friends describe you?

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

NHS & Local Area

  1. Tell us about recent advancements in the NHS.

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

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

  4. What is it like to be a doctor?

  5. How do you deal with overpopulation?

  6. What do you know about the local area here in Exeter?

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

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

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

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

Ethical Scenarios

  1. Prioritise the order of what you would do in this ethical situation (like the UCAT SJT)

  2. Understanding of the four ethical principles

  3. Understanding of the GMC’s good medical practice

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

  5. Breaking bad news - explain to a lady that her 4th round of IVF has just failed.

  6. Explain the concept of Gillick competence and the Fraser guidelines

  7. Your friend cheated on an exam, what would you do about it?

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

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

Other Stations

  1. How would you explain the rules of noughts and crosses to someone who has never played the game before?

  2. Talk to someone who has lost a close relative.

  3. Role-plays are common at Exeter

  4. How would you tell a patient that they have been diagnosed with a serious illness?

🗣️ Exeter Medicine Interview Tips 2023

  1. Have examples ready to use: many of the questions asked at Exeter are example-based, ie, they 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.

  2. Personal Attributes - Exeter is very likely to ask you about personal attributes during the MMI interview. As such it is paramount that you go through and learn these. Exeter has repeatedly focussed on your strengths and weaknesses as a person, so make sure that you have suitable examples for this. Check out our 420+ interview question and answer guide for dealing with such interview questions. 

  3. Know the doctor training pathway: this is useful to mention in 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.

  4. 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.

  5. MMI Stations - remember that each MMI station at Exeter 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.

  6. Know the Exeter Course - we would always recommend doing this for every university that you plan to apply to. How does this differ from other universities? What is their policy on intercalation? Have you any idea about what you would plan to intercalate in at Exeter? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at Exeter - this can be an advantage!

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

  8. Reflect Well - the Exeter Medicine selectors love 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Learn about the non-academic societies at Exeter - 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 Exeter University. Spend time on their website, or looking at their Instagram for ideas about societies that you could think about joining.

  12. Learn Medical Ethics & NHS Hot Topics - it is extremely likely that you will be asked about medical ethics at a medicine interview at Exeter, 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 420+ medicine interview questions.

  13. 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.

  14. Good Medical Practice - Exeter 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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Contact Details

Exeter Medicine University Contact details: - Address: Esteem Trial, Smeall Building, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU - Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 722760 - Email:

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