Medicine at University of Liverpool Medical School & Interview Questions 2023
Overview of Liverpool Medical School
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is the original ‘red brick’ university. The University of Liverpool Medicine programme is committed to producing superb doctors. Liverpool graduates will be ready to deliver outstanding patient care, in both current and future healthcare systems, and be able to apply a compassionate, evidence-based and patient-centred approach to their clinical practice.
Liverpool University Medicine Course Structure
The Liverpool MBChB programme is committed to producing superb doctors. Graduates will be ready to deliver outstanding patient care, in both current and future healthcare systems, and be able to apply a compassionate, evidence-based and patient-centred approach to their clinical practice.
Year 1: Core clinical science: the structure and function of the human body under ‘normal’ conditions
Year 2: Pathology and disease: ‘abnormality and illness’ and the interaction with the environment
Year 3: Becoming a Practitioner: Core clinical practice
Year 4: Broadening expertise: Specialist and challenging clinical practice
Year 5: Preparing for Practice: Emergency and acute clinical medicine
Liverpool Medicine Entry Requirements
A minimum of Grade 6 in English Language, Mathematic, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or Core & Additional Science). Minimum of 15 points from the best 9 GCSEs, where A*/9/8 = 3 points; A/7 = 2 points; B/6 = 1 points.
Must include chemistry & biology/physics/maths A*AB accepted but the A* A grades must include Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Maths
36 points to include 3 subjects at higher level; at least 6 and 6 in Biology and Chemistry and at least 6 in one other subject plus 3 further subjects at standard level, minimum of 5 points each 36 points overall (at first sitting): Higher level (HL) a minimum of 6,6,6 to include Chemistry together with either Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third academic subject. 5,5,5 at standard level (subjects not offered at HL)
AAAAB-AAAAA plus Biology (A) and Chemistry (A) at Advanced Higher
AAAAB-AAAAA plus Biology (A) and Chemistry (A) at Advanced Higher
University of Liverpool School of Medicine Admission Tests
How Does Liverpool Medical School Look At The UCAT?
Liverpool UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 Entry
The selection process is in stages (note this changed fairly last minute for 2023 entry, where previously GCSEs were used more heavily - so be careful):
Stage 1: Applications are ranked based on the results of the relevant admissions tests. UCAT or GAMSAT
Stage 2: Those with the most competitive admissions test scores are assessed to determine which meet/exceed minimum academic criteria
Stage 1 & 2 repeated until all interviews are allocated
SJT Band 4 = rejection.
Predicted Grades not used at all in selection (2022 entry)
Liverpool mention what 'competitive UCAT scores were':
A competitive score in the 2018-19 admissions cycle was 2420; the score in 2019-20 was 2400, for 2022 entry was 2620 and for 2023 entry: 2660.
🏆 Stage 2: Academic Criteria (15+ points needed)
A minimum score of 15 points from the best 9 GCSEs or equivalents. Points awarded as in the table below:
A*/A/7/8/9 = 2 points
B/6 = 1 point
👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW at Liverpool (ie Liverpool UCAT Cut Off):
2023 Entry: 2660
2022 entry: 2620
2021 entry: NA
2020 entry: 2230
2019 entry: 2400
👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score INVITED TO INTERVIEW at Liverpool:
2023 entry: 2793 (Home), 2859 (International)
2022 entry: 2738 (Home), 2740 (International)
2021 entry: NA (Home), 2654 (International)
2020 entry: 2682 (Home), 2673 (International)
2019 entry: 2632
👉🏼 LOWEST UCAT score GIVEN AN OFFER at Liverpool:
2022 entry: 2280
2021 entry: NA
2020 entry: 2230
👉🏼 AVERAGE UCAT Score GIVEN AN OFFER at Liverpool Medical School:
2023 entry: 2797
2022 entry: 2740
2021 entry: NA
2020 entry: 2630
Required for Graduate applicants:
The minimum GAMSAT score will be agreed annually and, if necessary, on a competitive basis. The overall GAMSAT score is dependent on the number of A101 applicants who meet/exceed the minimum academic criteria, their performance in the admissions test, and on the number of available A101 interview slots.
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Liverpool Graduate Medicine:
The Medicine and Surgery MBChB (Graduate Entry) is a 4 year course aimed at students with, or are expecting to achieve, a 2:1 honours degree or higher in a Biological, Biomedical or Health Science subject.
As you have been studying medicine at an advanced level for at least three years, if you opt for an undergraduate course for your intercalation year, you are qualified to dive straight into the ﬁnal year of your chosen programme.
Applications : Place
Application Statistics (Home)
Application Statistics (International)
Applications : Interview
International Student Tuition Fee
The international student fee per year is £42700
Work Experience for Liverpool School of Medicine
No formal work experience is specified but applicants will need to address our non-academic criteria and include the demonstration of healthcare career awareness/insight, a caring contribution to the community, a critical, coherent and informative approach to communication and the values that embody and underpin good healthcare practice.
Personal Statement for University of Liverpool Medical School
Not used in the selection process, but used to determine evidence of interest, commitment and motivation to study medicine, along with highlighting a crucial understanding of the expectations and realities of studying, and working, the medical world.
Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?
This is a pathway towards the full Liverpool medicine course, for UK and EU students only. Please note that this programme is not designed for A-Level students or School Leavers - it is mainly for those who have taken a break from studies. However, consideration may be given to candidates who studied some time ago.
- 5 GCSE SUBJECTS AT GRADE B (Numerical Grade 6) to include: Mathematics, English Language and either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Core and additional Science or Dual Science Award.
- IB: Applicants currently studying for International Baccalaureate will not be considered
Need at least 70% during the year to have progression to the Medicine course.
University of Liverpool Medical School Interview Questions 2023
In-person (face to face) - likely for 2023 entry
6-8 stations (used to be 4 stations) - may change.
5-7 minutes each
The Liverpool medical school interview will be held in January & Februrary 2023
🎓 Liverpool Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2023
There are a number of topics that are more likely to come up at the University of Leeds Medical School MMI Interview, which can be derived from past Leeds MMI stations, including
Applicant’s core values and attributes (using applicant’s personal statements)
Learning from work experience and caring contribution
Health-care awareness and insight to current affairs
The criteria used are currently under review but previous stations explored: the applicants’ core values and 8 attributes (using the personal statement), teamwork, communication skills, ethical views, learning from work experience and caring contribution, health-care awareness and insight and numeracy.
❓ Liverpool 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.
In the past, each attribute is scored as poor, satisfactory, good, very good or excellent, and then converted to a numerical score. The numeracy component is scored on a point basis, with each correct answer being worth one point and contributing to the candidate's overall score on the interview (there are a maximum of 120 points that can be stored in the interview). It is not clear if this is still the case this year.
Motivation to study medicine
What did you learn from your work experience?
What qualities of a doctor did you see from your work experience?
What do you know about the Liverpool Medicine course? How is it taught?
Why do you think you will be well suited to this course?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of PBL and the aspects that you feel will suit you?
Why medicine and not dentistry or nursing?
Tell us about your volunteering
What are your hobbies?
What are the negatives of a career in medicine?
Why should patients trust you?
What are your best qualities?
How do you manage stress?
Can you provide us with an example of a time when you demonstrated resilience?
Give us an example of a time when you demonstrated teamwork.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How would your friends describe you?
What are the values needed to be a doctor?
Tell us about an article that you have recently read.
NHS & Local Area
What changes would you make to the NHS if you could?
What is it like to be a doctor?
How do you deal with overpopulation?
What do you know about the local area here in Liverpool?
What are the main challenges that face the NHS?
How has COVID changed the way the NHS operates?
What do you think are going to be the long-term consequences of COVID on the NHS?
How does the healthcare system differ here compared to other areas in the UK?
If a colleague has made a mistake prescribing a drug, what would you do?
Understanding of the four ethical principles
Understanding of the GMC’s good medical practice
What is the debate surrounding euthanasia, should it be legalised?
Who would you give this organ to? [Prioritisation]
You are on your first clinical placement, and the nurses are extremely busy and have asked you to help. What do you do?
If you notice that a colleague has turned up to work drunk, what would you do?
Who can you escalate concerns to within a hospital?
Should smokers and people who are obese receive treatment on the NHS?
How would you tackle current public health issues such as obesity?
Discussion on the personal statement - anything that you have mentioned!
Coping with NHS pressures - what would you do?
Role play: explain to someone how to draw this picture
Data interpretation: draw this graph
Talk us through this article
Role play: explain to someone how to tie shoelaces
🗣️ Liverpool Medicine Interview Tips 2023
Calculation station - 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 GCSE level, and those taking A-level Mathematics are not necessarily at an advantage. The numeracy station usually involves five questions with multiple choice options as well as a calculator provided. The challenge is often more related to deciphering relevant information than completing complex calculations. Questions may also involve drug, dosage and flow rate calculations which are likely to be unfamiliar to many candidates.
Have examples ready to use: many of the questions asked at Liverpool 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.
Personal Attributes - Liverpool 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. Liverpool have repeatedly focussed on your strengths and weaknesses as a person, so make sure that you have suitable examples for this. Check out our 200+ interview question and answer guide for dealing with such interview questions.
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.
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.
MMI Stations - remember that each MMI station at Liverpool 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.
Know the Liverpool Course - we would always recommend doing this for every university that you plan to apply to. Ensure you recognise that Liverpool has a Problem Based Learning (PBL) course - what are its merits? How is that suited to you? It is paramount that you know about the different topics covered each year. 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 Liverpool? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at Liverpool - this can be an advantage!
Know the local area - Liverpool is a diverse region of England, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the Liverpool 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?
Reflect Well - the Liverpool 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.
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.
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.
Learn about the non-academic societies at Liverpool - 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 Liverpool University. Spend time on their website, or looking at their Instagram for ideas about societies that you could think about joining.
Learn Medical Ethics & NHS Hot Topics - it is extremely likely that you will be asked about medical ethics at a medicine interview at Liverpool, 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.
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.
Good Medical Practice - Liverpool 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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