Interviews

All applications will be ranked using the combined score for academic achievement and the UCAT. The highest-ranked applicants will be invited for interview. The lowest-ranked applicants will not be considered further.

We will begin sending out interview invitations by email in late November and this will be an ongoing process until the end of February. Emails will be sent from medoffice@le.ac.uk - please check that our emails are not arriving in your junk mail folder!

Our interviews use the multiple mini-interview (MMI) style, and consist of eight individual mini-interviews (or 'stations') which will assess your:

  • Motivation to study medicine and genuine interest in the medical profession
  • Insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Ability to reflect on your own work
  • Personal organisation
  • Academic ability
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty
  • Ability to manage risk and deal effectively with problems
  • Ability to take responsibility for your own actions
  • Conscientiousness
  • Insight into your own health
  • Communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Ability to treat people with compassion, respect and dignity
  • Resilience and the ability to deal with difficult situations
  • Empathy and the ability to care for others
  • Honesty
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethical judgement

Each station will be scored and you will be ranked on the basis of those scores. Where two or more applicants are equally ranked, your UCAS form score may be used as a tie-breaker.

We regularly review our interview process and hence do not endorse and cannot recommend any interview courses.

Dates of interviews

Interviews for 2019 entry to Leicester Medical School are scheduled to take place during the following weeks:

  • Week commencing 10 December 2018
  • Week commencing 17 December 2018
  • Week commencing 31 December 2018
  • Week commencing 7 January 2019
  • Week commencing 11 February 2019

We reserve the right to alter these dates if necessary.

You will be invited to book your own interview date using our online electronic booking system. If you cannot attend any of the dates available to you, please contact the Medical Admissions Team on +44 (0)116 252 2969 as soon as possible after receiving your invitation to interview. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule your interview for another date.

For a morning interview you should aim to arrive on campus by 8.15am; for an afternoon interview you should arrive by 1.00pm.

On the day of your interview you will have the opportunity to tour the University of Leicester campus with a current student who will tell you about the social life, accommodation, facilities and more.

Decision

After your interview, each of your stations will be scored and you will be ranked on the basis of these scores. Your UCAS form may also be examined by our selectors. On the basis of the thorough consideration of these, one of three decisions will be made:

  • Offer (this will be conditional if you have not yet received your A-level or equivalent results)
  • Hold (the decision about whether to make you an offer will be made once our position is clearer)
  • Reject

We will endeavour to send out decisions as soon as possible following interview, but please be mindful that our interview process spans a number of weeks, and there are a fixed number of places on the course. The timing of offers can therefore vary from early January to mid-May. If you do not hear from us immediately after your interview, this does not necessarily mean you have been rejected.

Statistics

For the A100 Medicine MBChB course we expect to interview around 1000 plus UK/EU applicants and about 60 international (non-EU) applicants, in order to make approximately 650 offers for the 290 places (272 UK/EU, 18 international) available.

For the A199 Medicine with Foundation Year MBChB course we expect to interview around 96 applicants for 25 places.

Disabilities, special needs and medical conditions

If you have a disability, special need (such as dyslexia) or relevant medical condition, you should enter the relevant disability code on your UCAS application, or inform us in writing immediately after submitting your application. This will enable us to make any reasonable adjustments to the interview process.