Innovative, flexible and pleasant is the medical school located in the city of Plymouth. Plymouth’s medical course is characterised by its heavy clinical focus with a lot of patient contact, which starts as early as the second week of year 1! Clinical placements will take place across Plymouth, Torbay and Taunton, all of which have scenic maritime landscapes and offer a perfect environment to both study and chill out.
Plymouth Medical School can also boast one of the highest student satisfaction ratings, with over 84% of students saying they were satisfied with the course in the 2020 NSS student survey.
GCSEs + A-levels: For your application to be considered you need to meet minimum entry requirements for both GCSEs and predicted grades. Having grades higher than the threshold won’t increase your chances of getting an interview at Plymouth Medical School.
Personal Statement: Not considered when shortlisting students for medicine interviews.
UCAT: Each year, the admissions team at Plymouth sets a cut-off score, depending on the overall performance of the year’s cohort and the number of students who applied.
🇬🇧 Home Students: In previous years Plymouth’s UCAT cut off averaged around 2400. However, for 2022 entry, due to a higher number of applications, the UCAT threshold was raised to 2610.
🌍 International Students: At Plymouth, International Students are subjected to the same requirements as home students. Hence, for 2022 entry medicine the UCAT cut off for international students was also 2610.
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Historically, Plymouth usually sent out interview invitations between November and February of the application cycle.
🇬🇧 Home Students: For 2022 entry, Plymouth medical school has received 1445 applications from the UK and invited 686 students for an interview (47%).
🌍 International Students: For 2022 entry, Plymouth medical school has received 276 applications from outside the UK and invited 84 students for an interview (30%).
Preparing for medical school interviews requires more than just reading an article or doing a mock interview. It requires intentionality, structure and commitment. Luckily, with Medfully it is simpler and more efficient than ever:
This year’s interviews for medicine at Plymouth will most likely take place between December 2023 and February 2024. Once you get the interview invitation you should get the option to book a date that’s most convenient for you via Plymouth’s virtual booking system.
In the past two years (2021 and 2022 entry) Plymouth has been doing online Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) over Zoom. They involved 4 stations, each held by a separate interviewer, revolving around a different topic and comprised of several questions. Together with the introduction, debriefing and downtime between stations, the online MMI lasted approx. 50 minutes.
The interviewers at Plymouth can come from a variety of backgrounds: During your Plymouth MMI, you can face doctors, other healthcare staff, academic staff, medical students or even laypeople.
Plymouth Medical School hasn’t yet officially stated whether this year’s interviews (2024 entry) will take place online or in-person. We aim to update this section as soon as that information becomes available.
🇬🇧 Home Students: Following 686 interviews for 2022 entry, 299 students have received offers to study medicine at Plymouth (44%).
🌍 International Students: Following 84 interviews for 2022 entry, 23 international students have received offers to study medicine at Plymouth (27%).
Medical school interviews are an opportunity for the admissions team to get an insight into your personality and see if you have the necessary predispositions to become a great doctor. Therefore, during the Plymouth medicine interview, the interviewers will assess you on a number of qualities and skills:
Typically, you’ll have to wait until all medicine interviews have been completed (end of February/early March), but it may happen that Plymouth will get back to you sooner.
Motivation for medicine:
Insight Into Medicine:
The NHS and Hot Topics:
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Please note that these aren’t questions that have been asked at Plymouth in past years. Publishing such information would be against Plymouth’s policy. The above questions are adjusted for the interview style at Plymouth and are meant to give you a broad sense of the questions you may face.
Make your personality shine through!
Although “be yourself” is probably the most generic piece of advice we could give, it’s also one of the most important rules to follow. As we’ve stated repeatedly, the medicine interview’s main purpose is for the admissions team to get a glimpse into your personality, and see your qualities or soft skills in real life.
Therefore, you must allow them to get that insight! Don’t try to impress the interviewers. Don’t give memorised answers that you’ve read about somewhere online. Don’t try to fit your work experience whenever you can. Just be your humble, genuine self.
Study the GMC’s Good Medical Practise Guidelines & The NHS Constitution
Although there is no “required reading” listed by Plymouth, reading these two documents can immensely benefit your interview prep:
The NHS Constitution outlines what the patients and staff working in the NHS can expect from the NHS and what the NHS expects in return. Reading it will help you understand what values and rules all NHS workers have to abide by.
GMC’s Good Medical Practice sets out guidelines for doctors working in the NHS and will help you understand what it means to be a “good doctor”. These documents aren’t the easiest reads, but reading them carefully and analytically will certainly help you with answering questions about medical ethics and the NHS.
Familiarise yourself with the university
Interviewers at Plymouth can ask you about your motivations to join their university or your suitability for the course. Make sure you read up on Plymouth’s course structure, and facilities and think about why you are actually applying there.
Good luck with your Plymouth Medicine Interview! You'll smash it, for sure!