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Medicine at Imperial College London & Interview Questions 2024

Overview of Imperial Medicine

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Imperial College London Medicine is one of the largest schools in the country, training more than 2000 students in Medicine and Biomedical Science. Programmes are delivered at four main campuses across London including: South Kensington, Charing Cross, Chelsea and Westminster, Hammersmith, Royal Brompton and St Mary’s as well as at a wide range of partner hospitals and general practices. Imperial College School of Medicine has an international reputation for excellence, routinely ranked among the world’s top five in the sector.

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Imperial College Medicine Course Structure

Years 1 & 2

Focus on the scientific basis of medicine and introductory clinical experience. Teaching is delivered through a range of lectures, tutorials and problem-based learning sessions.


Year 3

Three 10-week hospital attachments covering General Medicine and Surgery, complemented by a central teaching programme and e-learning.


Year 4

Working towards the BSc


Year 5

A dedicated Pathology course followed by a year of clinical specialities in rotation, including Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, General Practice and Paediatrics.


Year 6

A range of clinical placements and lecture courses designed to prepare you for your first job as a doctor and a student-selected specialist study module. Exceptional students may be offered the opportunity to include a PhD as part of the course.

Imperial Medicine Entry Requirements

GCSE

Grade B - Maths/English Language

A Levels

A*AA - AAA. 


A* in biology or chemistry

IB

38 points overall, to include: - 6 in Biology at higher level - 6 in Chemistry at higher level As a guide, the typical offer made to at least 80% of IB applicants for 2019 entry was 39 points (grade 7 and 6 in Biology and Chemistry at higher level – grades in any order).

Scottish Higher

-

Scottish Advanced

-

Degree (Graduates)

2:1 UK Bacherlor's degree with honours / a PhD in a biological subject. All Imperial College London Graduate Medicine candidates must take the BMAT as stated under Imperial College London Medicine Entry Requirements for graduates

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Imperial College Medicine Admission Tests

UCAT

Yes (new for 2025 entry)

How Does Imperial College London Look At The UCAT?


Imperial UCAT Cut Off 2024 for 2025 Entry 

As this is the first year that Imperial are using the UCAT, no cut-off scores are currently known. 


It is likely that scores will be on the higher side. 



👉🏼 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 (as of 2025 Entry), now UCAT

** PLEASE NOTE: For 2025 Entry for Medicine at Imperial - the BMAT will not be used. Instead, the UCAT will be used **



How Did Imperial Medical School Look At The BMAT (2024 Entry and prior)?


Imperial used a BMAT cut-off every year. There is a minimum score for each of the 3 BMAT sections.


Past Imperial BMAT Requirements & Statistics (UK) & BMAT Cut off 2023 entry


Imperial BMAT Cut Off for 2023 entry: 


👉🏼 BMAT Thresholds for Home Applicants for 2023 entry:

  • Section 1: 3.5

  • Section 2: 3.5

  • Section 3: 2.5 C

  • Minimum Sum of Scores of Sections 1 and 2 (inclusive of all uplifts) in 2023: 10.3


🌍 BMAT Thresholds for Overseas / European Union / Query Applicants for 2023 entry:

  • Section 1: 4

  • Section 2: 4

  • Section 3: 3C

  • Minimum Sum of Scores of Sections 1 and 2 (inclusive of all uplifts): 13.0


BMAT Thresholds for Widening Participation Applicants

  • Section 1: 3.5

  • Section 2: 3.5

  • Section 3: 2.5 C

  • Minimum Sum of Scores of Sections 1 and 2: (inclusive of all uplifts) 9.5


Imperial BMAT Cut-off 2022

The Imperial BMAT cutoff for 2022 Entry for UK students was:

  • Section 1: 3.5

  • Section 2: 3.5

  • Section 3: 2.5C

  • Minimum Sum of Scores of Sections 1 and 2 (inclusive of all uplifts): 10.9


For international applicants, the following BMAT cut-off scores apply for 2022 entry:

  • Section 1: 4

  • Section 2: 4

  • Section 3: 3C

  • Minimum Sum of Scores of Sections 1 and 2 (inclusive of all uplifts): 12.3


Past BMAT Imperial Cut-off Scores:

  • 2019 Imperial BMAT Cut off scores: 3.5, 3.5, 2.5C & Total of 1+2 >8.5

  • 2018 Imperial BMAT Cut off scores: 4.1,4.2,2.5C 

  • 2017 Imperial BMAT Cut-off scores: 4.5, 4.6, 2.5B

  • 2016 Imperial BMAT Cut off scores: 4.5, 4.5, 2.5B


BMAT Thresholds for Widening Participation Applicants

All candidates were required to score the minimum in Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3 as well as achieve or exceed the sum of scores of Sections 1 and 2.

  • Section 1: 3.5

  • Section 2: 3.5

  • Section 3: 2.5 C

GAMSAT

No

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Course Information

Graduate Entry

Imperial Graduate Medicine is a 5 year program, full time. This course is designed for those who already have at least a 2:1 in an appropriate biological science degree, and enables you to achieve the MBBS qualification in five years by exempting you from the BSc Honours year.

Intercalation

Compulsory

In Year 4 you will be undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project or a specialist course, giving you an opportunity to delve deeply into a subject that catches your interest.


Applications : Place

Application Statistics (Home)

Application Statistics (International)

10

15


Applications : Interview

3

4

International Student Tuition Fee

The international student fee per year is £50400

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Work Experience for Imperial Medicine

Imperial does not specify or recommend any specific type or duration of work experience for applicants as it is more what the individual takes out of the experience rather than the placement itself. Any amount of community or volunteer work is looked upon favourably and should demonstrate evidence of working as a leader and as part of a team.

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Personal Statement - Imperial College London

Evidence of motivation to study medicine, understanding of medicine as a career, community activities, leadership qualities, ability to work in a team and general interests. May be reviewed at interview.

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Imperial Medicine Interview Questions 2024

Key Details

  • MMI Interview

  • 2 separate interviews

  • 1x Asynchronous online interview in January (20 minutes long, recorded on Panopto)

  • 1x Face to Face interview in February/March (live) - could be in person or online

Interview Dates

Imperial Medicine interviews take place in January to March 2023, with results being released after this.

Key Aspects

🎓 Imperial Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2024

Although questions and stations may vary through the years, these are the main topics that you will ask questions on:

  • Teamwork and Leadership

  • Motivation to study medicine

  • Understanding the role of a doctor

  • Empathy and breaking bad news

  • Ethics Scenarios

  • Ability to multitask

  • Imperial and contribution to the school of medicine

  • Resilience


In the past there have been: 7 stations of 5 minutes each with 1 minute between stations during which you will be instructed to read a brief about what the station is assessing. Each station will be assessing one core element of your fitness to study and practise medicine.



How to prepare for your Imperial Medicine Interview:

  • Know your personal statement forwards and backwards

  • Be ready to answer common questions such as ‘Why medicine?’ and skill-based questions such as ‘Give an example of a time when you showed strong communication skills

  • Don’t script or over-rehearse your answers

  • Mock interviews are the best way to prepare. You can do them with family, friends or teachers

  • Always time yourself when you do a mock interview

  • Practise role-play scenarios. You can find a lot of resources online.

  • Familiarise yourself with the four pillars of medical ethics and with discussing medical ethical issues


Face-face stations, the following may be assessed:

  • Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS Constitution

  • Motivation and understanding of medicine as a career

  • Empathy and Resilience

  • Community activities

  • Leadership and teamwork

  • Extracurricular interests


💯 Imperial Medical Interview Questions Scoring 2024

Answers are given 7 points for content (what you say) and 3 for communication (how you say it). Often there is no right or wrong answer – the interviewers are assessing your ability to explain your thinking. 


And if you change your mind on a specific question halfway through a question, they will consider your ability to reflect on your ideas and how you think on your feet.



❓ Imperial Medical Interview Past Questions 2024 & 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 Imperial?

  3. What did you learn from your work experience?

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

  5. What did you find challenging about your work experience?

  6. What do you know about the Imperial 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?

  12. What do you feel are likely to be the worst things about being a doctor?


Personal Insight

  1. Why should patients trust you?

  2. What are your best qualities?

  3. How do you manage stress?

  4. Tell us about a time when you dealt with something challenging.

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

  6. Can you provide us with an example of a time when you demonstrated empathy?

  7. Can you provide us with an example of a time when you demonstrated compassion?

  8. Could you tell me about a time when you lead a team in a stressful/difficult situation? How did you deal with this?

  9. Why should we give you a place to study at Imperial?

  10. Give us an example of a time when you demonstrated teamwork, what did you learn from this?

  11. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  12. How would your friends describe you?

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

  14. What will you contribute to Imperial?


NHS & Local Area

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

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

  3. What is it like to be a doctor?

  4. How do you deal with overpopulation?

  5. What do you know about the local area here in Imperial?

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

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

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

  9. 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. Is human cloning acceptable under any circumstance?

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

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

  8. If you had £100,000 to spend, would you give it to a three-year-old needing a heart transplant or 100 older patients needing hip replacements?


🗣️ Imperial Medicine Interview Tips 2024

  1. Know your personal statement - Reread any books or papers that you have mentioned in your personal statement and try to follow up on any work that has been done on the topic since. This will make it easier to discuss should the topic be raised in the interview. These almost always come up at interviews - so make sure you can talk about everything that is written on both your medicine personal statement and your UCAS reference.

  2. Have examples ready to use: many of the questions asked at Imperial 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.

  3. Personal Attributes - Imperial 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. Imperial has repeatedly focussed on your strengths and weaknesses as a person, so make sure that you have suitable examples for this. Make sure that you have prepared ideas about what your good qualities are. Check out our 420+ interview question and answer guide for dealing with such interview questions. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. MMI Stations - remember that each MMI station at Imperial 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.

  7. Know the Imperial Course - Imperial’s Medicine course is very prestigious, highly ranked and research-focused; Imperial is consistently ranked in the top 5 universities in the UK and top 10 universities worldwide. Its reputation and high standard of teaching and research quality mean students will benefit from excellent academic opportunities as well as clinical ones. In addition to research, there are many student conferences happening on campus – on average, there are about 1-2 medical ones each weekend. This is a great way to learn more about cutting-edge research. 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 Imperial? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at Imperial - this can be an advantage!

  8. Know the local area - Imperial is a diverse region of London, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the South Kensington 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?

  9. Reflect Well - the Imperial 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.

  10. 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