Medicine at University of Queen's Belfast Medical School & Interview Questions 2023
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Overview
Founded in 1849, QUB Medical School has been training medical students for over 150 years, itself accepting between 250 and 300 students per year. Queen’s provides an intellectually stimulating course through a variety of teaching styles in lectures, tutorials and clinical experience and is the only medical school in Northern Ireland. Having four major teaching hospitals across Belfast alone, Queen’s is an exciting place to study medicine with students experiencing clinical practice in a variety of hospitals, general practice and healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland from first year onwards.
Queen's University Belfast Course Structure
Queen’s is an exciting place to study medicine with our students experiencing clinical practice in a variety of hospitals, general practices and healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland from first year onwards. During the first two years of the degree you learn about the scientific basis of medical practice. Teaching of basic science subjects is integrated with clinical skills training which you acquire through clinical simulation and practice with patients. The third year has a greater clinical focus. Classroom-based and clinical teaching takes place in each of the medical and surgical disciplines, which is integrated with therapeutic, pathological and microbiological principles relevant to clinical medical practice in longitudinal clerkships in hospitals and general practices all over Northern Ireland. During the fourth and fifth years you gain further experience in child health, women's health, mental health, cancer, Ageing and Health.
Belfast Medical School Entry Requirements
Grade 4 (C) in Mathematics & Physics or in double science. GCSE performance in the best 9 subjects will be scored with 4 points awarded for an A* (grade 9 on the new 9-1 grading scale), 3 points for an A (grades 7 and 8), 2 points for a B (grade 6) and 1 point for a C*/C (grades 4 and 5).
AAA + A (AS) or A*AA
Requires an A in a fourth AS level subject including Chemistry plus at least one other from Biology/Maths/Physics or A*AA at A level including Chemistry and Biology or A*AA at A level including Chemistry and either Maths/Physics and AS level Biology grade B.
3 Higher Level subjects are grade 6 include Chemistry and Biology
If Physics is not offered as part of the IB then a pass in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science, or equivalent, is required.
ABBBB Subject requirements: any subjects are accepted
Typical offer: AA (for AAAAA Highers),AAB (for AAAAB Highers), AAA (for ABBBB-AAABB Highers) Subjects required: Chemistry plus one other subject from; Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Admission Tests
How Does Queen's Belfast Medical School Look At The UCAT?
Queen's Belfast UCAT Cut Off 2023 for 2024 entry:
The UCAT is used with GCSEs to rank for interviews at Queen's.
UCAT = 12.5% (6 points)
GCSEs = 87.5% (36 points) - top 9 GCSEs looked at
Total = 42 points
👉🏼 Past Thresholds ie Cut Off Scores for Queens Belfast
2023 Entry: 38 points (see below for scoring)
2022 Entry: 37 points
2021 Entry: 32 points
2020 Entry: 30 points
2019 Entry: 32 points
2018 Entry: 30 points
👉🏼 UCAT Points Scoring (Maximum 6 Points)
1200 – 1899 = 0
1900 – 2099 = 1
2100 – 2299 = 2
2300 – 2499 = 3
2500 – 2699 = 4
2700 – 2899 = 5
2900 – 3600 = 6
👉🏼 GCSE Points Scoring (Maximum 36 Points)
Top 9 GCSEs are scored:
A*/9 = 4 points
A/7/8 = 3 points
B/6 = 2 points
C/4/5 = 1 point
SJT is used either:
On borderline applicants who have achieved a similar academic score, or
On borderline applicants who have achieved a similar score at interview.
If two candidates have the same rank order but there was only one place then the offer is made to the candidate with the highest SJT score in the UCAT.
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There is no Graduate Entry Program at Queen's University Belfast for Medicine
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Intercalation Year Yes, at the end of second or third year, students may apply to take a year out of their medical degree to study for an intercalated degree. This extra research focused year will lead to either a qualification at Bachelor or Master’s level.
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International Student Tuition Fee
The international student fee per year is £34450
Work Experience for Queen's University Belfast Medicine
It is accepted that it can be difficult for candidates to have equal access to clinical work experience and therefore it is not specified as a requirement for admission. Applicants are encouraged to obtain caring experience whether through volunteering or in paid employment as this is valuable in making informed decisions on career options.
Personal Statement for Queen's University Belfast Medicine
Personal Statements are not scored as part of the selection process. There should be evidence of commitment and motivation in the personal statement and it should state explicitly that Medicine is their career choice.
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Queen's University Belfast Medicine Interview Questions 2023
Online (confirmed for 2023 entry)
Queen's University Belfast Medicine Interview Dates: mid-December to March
🎓 University of Queen's Belfast Medicine Interview Questions & Topics 2023
These interviews have been designed to test the following which has been identified by both patients and academic staff as key non-cognitive competencies for medicine:
Notoriously - the QUB medicine interviews are extremely role-play-heavy. So make sure that you practice these scenarios in your mock interviews and during your preparation.
💯 Queen's Belfast Medical MMI Interview Questions Scoring 2023
The candidate should look at the non-cognitive competencies that are being tested, such as problem-solving, ethical reasoning, and communication, and consider how their background has prepared them to demonstrate these qualities.
Before entering the interview station, the candidate should take a minute to consider the scenario and what it entails. They should ask themselves what competencies the scenario might be testing and how they would approach the problem at hand, considering the options and discussing their decision-making process with the assessor.
It is important to remember that each station carries equal weight and that poor performance in one station can be made up for in the others.
❓ Queen's Belfast 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 interview preparation.
Motivation to study medicine
Why Queen's Belfast?
What do you know about the Queen's Belfast Medicine course? How is it taught?
Why do you think you will be well suited to this course?
What is the role of a doctor within the MDT?
Why medicine and not dentistry or nursing?
Tell us about your volunteering
What is your understanding of good patient care?
What are your hobbies?
Why should patients trust you?
What are your best qualities?
How do you manage stress?
Tell us about a recent setback. How would you prevent the same thing from happening again?
What is empathy? Why is it important in medicine?
Tell us about a time when you had lots to do at one time. How did you go about sorting this out? How did that make you feel?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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]
Ethics: A pregnant woman has previously stated that she does not want to be resuscitated if her heart stops during childbirth. However, when she goes into cardiac arrest, her husband demands that everything be done to save her. Discuss the ethical considerations and how you would handle the situation.
Ethics: A patient with advanced cancer requests assisted suicide. Discuss the ethical considerations and how you would approach the situation.
Professionalism: A colleague of yours is consistently late for surgeries and appointments. How would you address this issue with them?
Professionalism: A patient confides in you about a serious crime they have committed. Discuss the ethical and legal implications of this situation and how you would handle it.
Ethics: A patient with a terminal illness requests to be placed in a medically induced coma until a cure is found. Discuss the ethical considerations and how you would approach the situation.
🗣️ Queen's Belfast Medicine Interview Tips for 2023 entry
Ethical Scenarios - Queen's Belfast have ethical scenarios every year at the interview. They provided several tips on answering ethical questions. They have mentioned that there is not a single right answer, use evidence or explanation to back up your answers, explain your thought processes, don’t assume prior knowledge on the interviewers’ part – not all interviewers will be medics, and show awareness and recognition of different viewpoints, don’t ‘sit on the fence’ – have an opinion and take a common sense approach
Practice Role Plays: Role plays are unique to medicine interviews and so common at Queen’s Belfast. 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.
Learn Medical Ethics & NHS Hot Topics - it is extremely likely that you will be asked about medical ethics at a medicine interview at Queen's Belfast, 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.
Have examples ready to use: many of the questions asked at Queen's Belfast 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.
Know what to expect - Remember interviews can be conducted by a range of professionals and you may not only be interviewed by a doctor. You may encounter careers professional, actors, professional support staff, and teaching staff, particularly in MMIs. Avoid using very technical terms, you may have more clinical knowledge than those assessing you.
Personal Attributes - Queen's Belfast is very likely to ask you about personal attributes during their vMMI interview. As such it is paramount that you go through and learn these.
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 Queen's Belfast 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 Queen's Belfast Course - we would always recommend doing this for every university that you plan to apply to. It is paramount that you know about the different topics covered each year. How does this differ from other universities? Remember there is very early clinical exposure at Queen's Belfast - this can be an advantage!
Know the local area - Queen's Belfast is in a diverse region of England, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the South Coast region from the rest of the UK. Ensure that you research both communicable and non-communicable diseases in the area. They have a number of services here including Queen's Belfast university medical centre to support students. How might this impact healthcare provision in the area?
Reflect Well - the Queen's Belfast 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.
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 Queen's Belfast - 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 Queen's Belfast University. Spend time on their website, or looking at their Instagram for ideas about societies that you could think about joining.
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 - Queen's Belfast 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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