Manchester Medical School is the largest medical school in the UK, admitting over 400 students a year for its famous 5-year integrated MBChB course. Besides the standard 5-year course (A106) Manchester Medical School also offers a 6-year course with a foundation year (A104) for those who feel like they need a year of introduction before throwing themselves into the deep end.
Manchester is one of the few universities in the UK to offer full-body dissection, alongside other ways of learning human anatomy such as prosections and digital models. Together with other elements of Manchester’s integrated curriculum, such as PBL sessions, labs or early patient contact, makes studying medicine at Manchester Medical School an intense and varied experience.
More than that, Manchester as a city has been coined one of the best student cities in the UK. With its large size, many streetfood stands and chill-out areas, Manchester caters for every student’s needs, while being a fairly affordable and pleasant place.
GCSEs + Predicted Grades: As long as you meet the minimum entry requirements, your obtained and achieved grades won’t affect your application for medicine at Manchester.
Personal Statement: The personal statement usually isn’t read by the admissions staff at Manchester when selecting students for medicine interviews. Instead, all applicants are required to complete the so-called non-academic information form.
Reference: The reference forms an important part of the selection process at Manchester. If any unusual events have affected your academic performance (including your grades or the UCAT) you should ask your referees to write about it in the reference.
UCAT: Cut-off score set every year depending on the cohort’s scores and distribution. As far as the SJT goes, only students with Band 1 and Band 2 will be considered by Manchester for medicine interviews.
Moreover, if you are applying from the UK, your UCAT score will be considered against the score of your peers from a similar educational and socio-demographic background. You can read more about the way Manchester uses the UCAT here.
MBChB Medicine (A106): For 2022 entry, the UCAT cut-off for medicine at Manchester was 2730 for standard applicants and 2590 for widening participation students. The median score for students shortlisted for a medicine interview was 2780, which means you’ll need a fairly high UCAT score to have a chance for an offer at Manchester. You can find Manchester’s admissions statistics from previous years under this link.
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The University of Manchester typically sends out invitations for medicine interviews between the end of November and February of the application cycle.
🇬🇧 Home Students: For 2022 entry, 2599 UK students applied for medicine at Manchester and 1258 (48%) have received a chance for an interview.
🌍 International Students: For 2022 entry 861 international students applied for medicine at Manchester and out of those 199 (23%) have been interviewed.
Most likely, this year’s medicine interviews at Manchester will take place between December 2023 and February 2024 (source).
In the past two years (2021 and 2022 entry) Manchester has been conducting standard online MMI interviews. Manchester MMIs were comprised of 4-5 stations, each revolving around a different topic and marked by a different interviewer.
Each station lasted for 7 minutes and involved a few questions. There were 2 minutes of downtime between stations, where you could simply relax and summon some energy for the station to come. You didn’t have to read or prepare something during the 2-minute break.
Manchester still hasn’t published what the interview format will be for the 2024 entry. Check this website for the latest information on that front.
🇬🇧 Home Students: For 2021 entry (latest available data) 1587 UK students were interviewed and 870 (51%) have received an offer to study medicine at Manchester.
🌍 International Students: For 2021 entry (latest available data) 178 international students were interviewed for medicine at Manchester and 48 (35%) have received an offer.
You will only hear back after your Manchester medicine interview once all applicants have been interviewed, most likely around the end of March 2023. You will receive information about the decision via UCAS Track.
Motivations for medicine:
Previous caring experience:
Insight into current medical issues:
Medical scenarios & ethics:
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Please note that these aren’t questions that have been asked at Manchester in past years. Publishing such information would be against Manchester’s policy. The above questions are adjusted for the interview style at Manchester and are meant to give you a broad sense of the questions you may face.
The primary purpose of medicine interviews is to learn more about who you are as a person. You’ve already demonstrated your academic aptitude and abilities in the UCAT, so it’s time you show the interviewers at Manchester your true personality.
Don’t be tempted to impress the interviewers at all costs, by throwing complex medical buzzwords wherever you can. Don’t over-rehearse answers to common questions. Don’t say what you think the interviewers want to hear. Be your genuine self and you’ll do well.
Reflect On Your Work Experience
Although it has been increasingly challenging to secure in-person work experience or volunteering in a healthcare setting in the past years, they are still an important element of the application process at Manchester (including the interviews). There is a very high chance that you’ll be asked about your “previous caring experience” during your Manchester medicine interview, so make sure you dedicate some time to preparing for the topic.
Go back to your personal statement and Manchester’s non-academic reflection form. Read through them and see what you wrote about work experience. Try to dissect your experiences into learning points. Ask yourself - What did it teach me about the roles of doctors? What qualities did the person demonstrate? How could I prepare myself for such a situation?
When answering questions on work experience, remember the interviewers don’t care about what you did or what operations you witnessed. It’s all about what you’ve learned. Therefore, make sure to focus on the reflections and learning points in your answers.
Practise With As Many People As You Can Find
You can treat the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) a bit like speed-dating: You have a short window of time to make the best impression on a person you’ve never met before.
Get comfortable selling yourself and talking about interview topics with people you don’t speak to very often. The more people you convince to do a mock MMI with you the more confident you’ll be facing various interviewers in the actual medicine interview.
🤞 Fingers crossed for your Manchester medicine interview! You'll smash it!