Medicine at University College London Medical School & Interview Questions 2023
Overview of UCL Medical School
University College London Medical School has a total intake of 350 students per year. It consistently ranks in the top 3 in league tables, and its central London location is a draw for many prospective students. Teaching takes place at hospitals, including University College Hospital (Bloomsbury campus), The Royal Free Hospital (Hampstead), and the Whittington Hospital (Archway). UCL runs a 6 year traditional course with integrated BSc in the third year that is compulsory.
Most students are part of their sports society - RUMS, which allows UCL students to represent the medical teams at a particular sport. This ends the year with a sports ball, attended by these sports members.
The main campus is located in Bloomsbury near Euston Square. Many lectures happen at the Rockerfeller building and the Cruciform building.
UCL Medicine Course Structure
UCL Medicine Course involves: The modules in each year are themed and focus on:
Year 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 1
Year 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Science 2
Year 3: Integrated BSc (can undertake the BSC in a wide range of disciplines across the medical sciences).
Year 4: Integrated Clinical Care
Year 5: The Life Cycle and Specialist Practice
Year 6: Preparation for Practice Students - this is the final year of study, where you will shadow junior doctors to try to improve your chances of being best prepared for F1 and improve your medical practice.
UCL Medicine Entry Requirements
Mathematics & English Language at grade B (6). For UK-based students, a grade C (5) or equivalent in a modern foreign language is required.
Must include biology and chemistry
Subjects: A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, each with a minimum score of 6. No score below 5. This is declared on your UCAS application.
Admission Tests UCL Entry Requirements
How Does UCL Medical School Look At The BMAT? UCL BMAT Cut-Off Scores (Updated for 2023 entry)
BMAT Cut-off Scores for 2023 Cycle
(combined Section 1 and Section 2 scores, with a minimum 2.5 B in Section 3)
Home Applicants - 10.1
Access UCL Eligible Applicants - 9.9
Overseas Applicants - 13.1
Average BMAT scores for UCL applicants
2020 entry - 4.3, 4.1, 2.9A
2021 entry - 4.8, 4.8, 3.1A
2022 entry - 4.5, 4.4, 3.0A
2023 entry - 4.7, 4.8, 3.0A
Average BMAT scores for UCL applicants interviewed
2020 cycle - 5.2, 4.8, 3.2A
2021 cycle - 5.7, 5.8, 3.4A
2022 cycle - 5.8, 5.8, 3.3A
Average BMAT scores for UCL offer holders
2020 cycle - 5.2, 4.8, 3.2A
2021 cycle - 5.7, 5.8, 3.4A
2022 cycle - 5.9, 5.8, 3.4A
There is no formal BMAT cut off score for UCL applicants, but you can use the average scores above to give you some guidance.
What we know is that in 2022 the average student interviewed by UCL had a BMAT score of 5.8 in sections 1 and 2, and 3A in section 3 of the BMAT.
BMAT Section 3 is no longer used at interviews.
The BMAT result is used in conjunction with predicted grades, a review of the content of the personal statement and reference recommendations
A priority score is allocated for the application as a whole.
What is the lowest BMAT score for UCL?
Unfortunately, UCL do not publish the lowest score that gets you an interview, but you can look at the average BMAT scores invited to interview to give some idea about what BMAT scores you should be aiming for.
Numbers of Applicants to UCL
There continues to be considerable pressure on the available places for students to read Medicine. Applications typically exceed 3800 for a total of 334 places. We do not have the capacity to interview all eligible applicants.
Selection for Interview at UCL
All applications are read and assessed carefully by several people.
The following factors are taken into account when deciding which candidates to interview:
Predicted and actual grades. Although there is no simple relationship between academic performance and whether or not a student will make a ‘good’ doctor, there is evidence that those with low grades or those who need to re-sit examinations are more likely to have academic problems with the programme. Predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed must meet our published entry requirements.
For applications received for 2023 entry onwards, we will no longer be using the Personal Statement as part of the selection procedure. We encourage applicants to use the opportunity of writing their personal statements to think reflectively about their skills and experiences, and how they have helped to prepare them for a career in medicine. This includes evidencing attributes, skills, behaviours and values needed to work within the healthcare service.
From 2023 entry onwards, we will be using BMAT scores alone to select eligible students for interviews. Selection will be based upon the ranked sum score of Section 1 and Section 2, plus meeting a minimum of 2.5B in Section 3. Candidates with special considerations as assessed by Cambridge Assessment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who are eligible for Access UCL, our contextual offer scheme, will be automatically flagged to us, and their BMAT scores will be reviewed separately. We have 24 places for Overseas applicants, and for these places, Overseas applicants will be selected separately to our Home applicants.
Average scores for our applicants over the last 3 cycles are available on our website. Scores for each section do vary each year and we advise candidates to use the averages as an indicator only.
Re-applicants: If an applicant remains unplaced in the UCAS cycle, they are welcome to reapply. This includes those who have been unsuccessful following interview at UCL Medical School. Re-applicants must sit the BMAT again in the year that they apply.
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UCL Medicine Graduate Entry: nil. Graduates must apply for the undergraduate program but are exempt from the intercalated year.
UCL Scientific Method in Depth (integrated BSc) A wide range of integrated BSc degree programmes are available, for example, Cardiovascular Science; Global Health; Mathematics, Computers and Medicine; Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering; Neuroscience; Oncology; Paediatrics and Child Health; Pharmacology; Physiology; Primary Healthcare; Surgical Sciences and Women's Health.
Applications : Place
Application Statistics (Home)
Application Statistics (International)
Applications : Interview
International Student Tuition Fee
The international student fee per year is £47000
Work Experience for Medicine UCL
We recommend that applicants have an understanding of what a career in medicine involves. Your reflections on what you learned from your work experience may be assessed at interview and we may request that a small selection of candidates provide evidence of the work experience that they have done. Please also refer to the work experience guidance provided by Medical Schools Council.
Personal Statement for UCL Medical School
UCL does not use personal statements as part of the selection procedure. We encourage applicants to use the opportunity of writing their personal statement to think reflectively about their skills and experiences, and how they have helped to prepare them for a career in medicine. This includes evidencing attributes, skills, behaviours and values needed to work within the healthcare service.
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University College London Medicine Interview Questions 2023
- UCL uses MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) for their medicine interview
- 8 stations, 5 minutes each (2-3 questions in each station)
- In Person interview
UCL Medicine Interview Dates: December to March
🎓 UCL Medicine Interview Questions & Topics for 2023 entry
Assessment at Interview
Selected candidates are invited to interview on a weekday morning or afternoon. If you are successful at the interview then you will be invited to an offer holder event where talks and tours of the Medical School will take place.
Following the interview, the scores of the interviewers will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor.
Interviewers score the candidate for the following qualities:
Academic curiosity and interest in healthcare
Motivation for and understanding of a career in medicine (including robustness for the course)
Problem-solving and reasoning ability
Professional attitudes and values (factors such as flexibility, integrity, empathy, honesty, conscientiousness and compassion)
Teamwork, leadership, resilience and individual strengths
Communication skills (including verbal ability, listening skills, eye contact)
What sorts of things will be tested?
Just as in a panel interview, we want to find out more about you as a person. This is your opportunity to tell us more about why you want to study medicine, what you understand about the career, and what preparation you have made for your application.
We adopt an NHS values-based approach to our interviews, asking you about your knowledge and understanding of core themes of working in a healthcare setting such as:
Putting patients first
Respect and dignity
A commitment to quality of care
Improving health and wellbeing
The interviewers will be asked to mark your answers on an iPad, in areas such as:
Academic curiosity and interest in healthcare
Motivation and understanding of the career
Problem solving and reasoning ability
Professional attitudes and values
Team work, leadership and individual strengths
❓ UCL Medical Interview Past Questions 2023 for 2024 entry & 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
Why UCL? Why have you applied here?
What did you learn from your work experience?
Your best friend has lost her pet dog and she is heartbroken - have a conversation with her.
What makes you suited to Medicine?
Have you ever doubted whether you want to do medicine?
What qualities of a doctor did you see from your work experience?
What do you know about the UCL Medicine course? How is it taught?
Why do you think you will be well suited to this course?
Why medicine and not dentistry or nursing?
Tell us about your volunteering
What are your hobbies?
What do you understand about what a career in medicine entails? How will the UCL course help you towards this?
What are the negatives of a career in medicine? How did you overcome these thoughts?
Why should patients trust you?
What are your best qualities?
When have you displayed great teamwork skills?
What are good qualities of a junior doctor?
Have you ever been in charge of a group of people?
How do you manage stress?
What are the qualities of a good doctor?
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?
Tell us about an article that you have recently read.
Are you a good teacher?
Are you good at taking on advice?
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 UCL?
Why is it important to be aware of cultural differences when treating patients?
What are the main challenges that face the NHS?
Would you approve a new drug that costs £100000 per patient to use?
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?
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]
A medical student friend is openly talking about patients on a bus that is packed - using their names, what would you do?
How might you persuade someone to take a medicine that they dont want to take?
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?
Your friends have already completed their St Georges Medical School Interview and are talking about it in the playground - what do you do?
Should doctors be paid to go to pharmaceutical conferences?
Discuss the pros and cons of assisted dying. What is the difference between assisted dying and assisted suicide? Reflect on your performance in the group in front of everyone.
Discuss the pros and cons of a sugar tax. Each person must summarise their position at the end.
Antibiotic resistance. What would happen if they were banned tomorrow?
Advantages and disadvantages of free Wi-Fi in schools for 15-16 year olds
Where do you see medicine going in the next 20 years?
Understanding of communication techniques needed for different people
Data interpretation: here is a graph on sugar and diabetes - answer questions on the correlation, confidence intervals etc. What is it showing? Why does it show this?
🗣️ UCL Medicine Interview Tips for 2024 entry
Ethical Scenarios - UCL have ethical scenarios every year at 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 UCL. 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 UCL, 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 UCL 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 - UCL is very likely to ask you about personal attributes during their MMI 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 UCL 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 UCL 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 UCL - this can be an advantage!
Know the local area - UCL is in a diverse region of London, with a number of local factors and diseases that differentiate the midlands 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 UCL university medical centre to support students. How might this impact healthcare provision in the area?
Reflect Well - the UCL 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 UCL - 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 UCL 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 - UCL 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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