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Medicine at Hull And York Medical School & Interview Questions 2023

Overview of Hull York Medical School


The training, grounded in patient-centred care, arms students with the medical knowledge, empathy and resilience they need to thrive as doctors and make a positive difference to the lives of their patients.


Hull York Medical School Course Structure

Phase I - Years 1 and 2

You will be based in either Hull or York for all of your first and second year. A mixture of lectures, problem-pased learning and clinical skills sessions. 

Phase II - Years 3 and 4 

Full exposure to clinical medicine, as you rotate around the region on permanent placement. Placements are in both general practice and on hospital wards across the Yorkshire region, so you experience the complete patient journey. 

Phase III - Year 5 

Seven-week elective period at the beginning of your final year, where you’ll have the chance to travel abroad or work in a specialist service in the UK. You will be able to rotate through different specialties including surgical attachments along with general practice.

Hull York Medical School Entry Requirements


Needs 6 GCSES in total at A*-C (9-4) 

Grade 6 (B) in both English Language and Maths

A Levels

AAB (must be in first setting)

Must include Chemistry & Biology 

Prediction: AAB or above 

Resits at BBB at first sitting of A Levels not accepted


36 Points

665 at Higher Level, to include Biology and Chemistry. 36 points with 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects, including Biology and Chemistry. Resit applications are welcome, provided you achieved an overall score of 31, to include at least 555 at Higher Level in your first sitting.

Scottish Higher


Scottish Advanced



Hull York Medical School Admission Tests



How Does Hull York Medical School Look At The UCAT?

Hull York UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 Entry

Used in conjunction with academic scores. 40% weighting on UCAT score alongside GCSE and SJT performance. 

🚩  SJT Band 4 = rejection.

SJT is looked at after the interview.

Hull York Medicine Selection Process:

Applicants meeting our minimum academic requirements and eligibility criteria for our programmes are ranked for interview.

Applications are considered within the context of the applicants to the same programme as you (Medicine or Medicine with a Gateway Year), in the same application cohort as you.

We do not look for a specific score to be achieved, but instead, rank you in numerical order and invite the topscoring applicants to interview.

GCSE results (30 points)

Applications will be given an academic score based upon the best six achieved grades at GCSE for Medicine, or best five GCSEs for Medicine with a Gateway Year, or equivalent Year 11 qualifications.

UCAT Score (40 points)

We award a number of points based upon your total UCAT score; we do this once UCAT results are released to universities in November. As such the number of points that each UCAT score will receive as part of our Selection Procedure will be determined after the UCAS deadline.

UCAT Situational Judgement Test at HYMS (15 points)

Points are allocated depending on the SJT Band achieved, up to a maximum of 15 points.

Contextual data (up to 15 points)

We are committed to selecting the best applicants based on their potential, we, therefore, use contextual information alongside your UCAS form to better inform decision-making. Due to the availability and comparability of data, the use of contextual information will apply to UK school leaver applicants only.

An additional up to 15 points will be awarded to candidates who meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • The candidate’s home postcode is in an area of low participation (POLAR quintile 1 or 2)

  • No parental experience in higher education

  • The candidate is in receipt of the UCAT Bursary

🏆 Selection For Offer at HYMS

The following scores are collated:

  • Overall interview score

  • SJT Band - (10 points)

  • Conextual data: (10 points)





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Course Information

Graduate Entry

Hull and York Medical School welcomes applicants who have proof of recent and appropriate knowledge of Biology and Chemistry via a Biomedicals Sciences degree, by studying these subjects at A Level, or by taking one of our recognised Access to Medicine courses.



Yes, Hull Medical School offers you the chance to intercalate between the years of 3 and 4.

Applications : Place

Application Statistics (Home)

Application Statistics (International)



Applications : Interview



International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £39900


Work Experience for Hull York Medical School

It is advised to get some experience in a range of caring situations, observing or working alongside healthcare staff, in either a voluntary or paid capacity. It is also advised that you explore both the positive and negative aspects of a medical career through talking to doctors and other healthcare professionals. The university expect you to demonstrate that you understand, and are committed to, teamwork and the social context of healthcare.


Personal Statement for Hull York Medical School

Whilst we do not score personal statements, we read all of these and may use them when making holistic decisions on borderline candidates.

Personal statement is screened but not scored. Important points for you to address in your personal statement are:

  • Motivation for wanting to study Medicine

  • Realistic understanding of Medicine, including hands-on experience of caring and observing healthcare in a hospital and community settings - Self-motivation and responsibility

  • Written communication skills

  • Interests, activities and achievements in addition to academic interests/strengths

  • We are particularly interested in your reflections on what you have learned about yourself, or the medical profession from your experiences.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?



A widening participation initiative designed to facilitate access to Medicine for those from underrepresented backgrounds. On successful completion of the Gateway Year, students automatically progress to the five year MBBS Medicine Programme. 


Entry Requirements

  • A levels: BBC-ABB (needs B in biology & chemistry)

  • GCSES: 9-4 (A*-C) 

  • IB: 29 points. 14 points at higher level

  • UCAT: SJT Band 1-3

Widening Access Criteria

You will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You should be aged 17 or over on 1 October in the year you start the programme

  • You must have no more than three academic years between completion of mainstream education and the start of the Medicine with Gateway Year programme

  • You must not be attending an independent school

In addition, you must either:

  • Be a care leaver


Fulfil two of the following contextual data criteria:

  • Your home postcode is in an area of low participation (your POLAR4 Young Participation quintile should be 1 or 2 to qualify). You can check your postcode on the Office for Students website

  • Your parents do not have a higher education qualification, such as a certificate, diploma or degree

  • You applied for and received the UCAT Bursary

Although applications from UK students are accepted, priority will be given to applicants living in the Hull York Medical School region:

  • City of York

  • East Riding of Yorkshire

  • Hull

  • North and North East Lincolnshire

  • North Yorkshire

  • Darlington, Stockton-On-Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Hartlepool


Hull York Medicine Interview Questions 2023

Key Details

  • MMI Interview + Group Scenario + Individual Scenario + Student Section

  • In Person interview

  • Worth 50 points in total

Interview Dates

Hull & York Medicine Interviews tend to be held in January and February. Results from the interviews tend to come out in March

Key Aspects

🎓 Hull & York Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2023

In your interview, we want to find out more about you, your personal characteristics and values, and your ability to think critically and work as a team. You will not be tested on your medical knowledge.

The structure of the interview is as follows:

  • Two mini-interviews (20 points each)

  • The mini-interviews will each focus on:

  • Your understanding of current issues in medicine

  • Insight into, and motivation for, a medical career

  • Your critical thinking skills

  • Group work scenario (20 points)

  • This station will give us insight into how you work within a group or team, and into your personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience.

  • Scenario Station (10 points)

  • You will be given a theoretical situation, and asked to explain how you would respond to this in real life.

  • Student station (10 points)

  • The station will give you the opportunity to explore why you want to be a doctor

International Online Medicine Interviews are scored as follows:

  • Mini interview 1 - up to 15 points

  • Mini interview 2 - up to 15 points

  • Mini interview 3 - up to 15 points

  • Student station - up to 10 points

  • Individual scenario station - up to 10 points

  • Group scenario station - up to 15 points

Common topics that are covered at Hull and York Medical School Interview:

  • Collaborative work

  • Contribution to group discussions

  • Insight into a medical career

  • Understanding of NHS values and current medical issues

  • Motivation for Medicine

  • Motivation to study at Hull York

  • Qualities of a good doctor

  • Critical thinking & application

  • Communication skills

During our selection process, the following criteria are considered:

  • Academic ability, judged by prior academic performance and, where appropriate, predicted academic results

  • Evidence of motivation and reasons for working in healthcare

  • Evidence of a realistic understanding of healthcare issues and practice

  • Written and oral communication skills, and suitability for an enquiry-based learning course

  • Evidence of conscientiousness, self-motivation, responsibility and appropriate maturity and confidence

Hull York read all personal statements, but you are not scored on it. However, your personal statement will likely cover topics such as medical-related experience and personal attributes, which you may be asked about at your MMI, so it can be a useful starting point for interview preparation.

❓ Hull York 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 Hull & York?

  3. What did you learn from your work experience?

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

  5. Why did you undertake work experience?

  6. What do you know about the Hull & York Medicine course? How is it taught?

  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?

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. How would your friends describe you?

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

NHS & Local Area

  1. What is the structure of 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 Hull & York?

  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. 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?

Other Stations

  1. Role play: breaking bad news

  2. Role play: explain to someone how to draw this picture

  3. You caught a friend cheating in an exam, what would you do about this?

🗣️ University of Hull Medicine Interview Tips 2023

  1. Group presentations - Hull & York Medical School has group work as part of their medicine interview. This means that you will need to be comfortable being watched, analysed and judged throughout this process. Learn how to listen to others, before interjecting and having your own opinion on things about how we should process. Be clear, and concise whilst avoiding waffling. It is important to demonstrate that you are a good leader, team player and speaker here. Try to be proactive throughout this, encourage others to give their ideas, and do not just dismiss what others say. If you are stuck on what to do, volunteer to be the scribe for the sessions.

  2. Practice Role Plays - this is the only way to become better at role-plays, and this has come every year at HYMS. Check out our articles in our free guides to find out more about this.

  3. Have examples ready to use -  many of the questions asked at Hull & York 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.

  4. Personal Attributes - Hull & York 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. Hull & York have 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. 

  5. 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.

  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 Hull & York 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 Hull & York Course - we would always recommend doing this for every university that you plan to apply to. Hull & York has a course that is jointly delivered by the universities of Hull and York. This means that there is a large demographic that is covered here. Students have placements in Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Middlesborough. In Year 1, students have a half day of placement either at a GP or in a hospital, alternating every Tuesday. In Year 2, this becomes a full day with longer clinics supplemented with extra teaching. This arrangement of clinical placement is a big highlight of studying at HYMS and it means you get to experience primary and secondary care equally in Phase I. 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 Hull & York? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at Hull & York - this can be an advantage!

  9. Know the local area - Hull & York is a diverse region of England, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the Hull & York 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?

  10. Reflect Well - the Hull & York 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.

  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 Hull & York - 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 Hull & York 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 Hull & York, 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.

  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 - Hull & York 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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