With its history dating at least 1828, Sheffield is one of the oldest medical schools in the UK. Sheffield offers an integrated, 5-year course, taught with the patient-centred approach.
Sheffield is notable for its famous Student Union, which has been voted number one student union in the UK for the past ten years! Sheffield’s Student Union is also one of the largest in the UK in terms of societies, students involved and facilities.
Furthermore, located in South Yorkshire, medical students at Sheffield have access to first-class academic and sports facilities on the campus.
GCSEs & A-levels: Sheffield doesn’t rank candidates based on the GCSE scores or predicted grades. These are not used beyond checking if you meet minimum entry requirements.
Personal Statement: Not used when shortlisting candidates, but may be brought up and discussed during interviews.
UCAT: UCAT interview cut off is set each year depending on the number of applications and average scores. The top-scoring 1000-1200 candidates are invited for an interview at Sheffield.
🇬🇧Home Students: In the past 4 years the interview UCAT cut off at Sheffield averaged around 2660-2780, while the average score of those invited to interviews is usually above 2800, so in the top 10%.
🌏International Students: The interview UCAT cut off for international students historically averaged around 2700-2760
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Sheffield starts sending out interview invitations as early as mid-November. For 2022 entry, all candidates were informed about the interview/rejection on one day (19th of November).
🇬🇧Home Students: For 2022 entry, 1728 applications from the UK resulted in 1144 interviews at Sheffield, which is 66% of all candidates who applied.
🌏International Students: For 2022 entry, out of 251 international students who applied 96 were offered an interview (38% of all internationals who applied).
Interviews at Sheffield Medical School take place between the end of November and mid-February.
Pre-Covid, interviews at Sheffield used to be in the MMI interview format. There were always 8 stations, each 7-8 minutes in length.
In the last two years, however, interviews at Sheffield were virtual and in the panel format. They lasted for 30-40 minutes and involved two interviewers. Below you’ll find the scoring system used in interviews at Sheffield.
Each station/question on the Sheffield interview is scored out of 5, with 5 being the best possible score. You’ll be graded on what you say and how you say it. You can get up to 5 points extra from UCAT SJT according to the following conversion system (table taken from Sheffield’s website):
The total score you can get is 45 points. In the past two years, the minimum interview score to get an offer from Sheffield was 36/45 in 2020 and 37/45 in 2021.
🇬🇧Home Students: Last year, after 1144 interviews, Sheffield has given out 770 offers. This means you had a 68% chance to receive an offer if you’ve been invited to an interview at Sheffield!
🌏International Students: For 2022 entry, Sheffield has given out 40 offers after 96 interviews (42%).
Interviewers at Sheffield come from a varied set of backgrounds. In your Sheffield interviews, you can face lecturers, medical staff, biomedical scientists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical students, patients and laypeople.
Sheffield sends replies to all candidates in bulk, usually during the first half of March.
Sheffield is the only medical school to send students questions they will be asked during their interview alongside the invitation. The questions at Sheffield are usually around the following topics:
Depth and breadth of interests (achievements in specific fields)
Evidence of commitment for caring
Knowledge of and interest in study in Sheffield
Medical work experience/Extended Project Qualification
Motivation for medicine
Information processing skills
Understanding the nature of medicine
Values and attitudes
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Please note that these aren’t questions that have been asked at Sheffield Medical School in past years. Publishing such information would be against Sheffield’s policy. The above questions are adjusted for the interview style at Sheffield and are meant to give you a broad sense of the questions you may face.
Get strangers to interview you
Practically anyone can interview you at Sheffield - from doctors to medical students to academics and patients. The more variety you’ll get during your interview practise the better prepared you’ll be to be interviewed by people from various backgrounds at Sheffield. Reach out to your friends, family, teachers, fellow candidates - the more variety the better.
Study the NHS Constitution and GMC’s Good Medical Practice
The NHS Constitution and GMC’s Good Medical Practice are not only a great insight into doctors’ work in the NHS but are also among advised pre-interview reading by Sheffield. 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. 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 they may come in handy for your interviews and help you make a good impression on the interviewers at Sheffield and beyond.
Take advantage of the questions you are sent
It’s quite unique for a medical school to send interview questions to candidates beforehand. Therefore, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Prepare bullet-point answers to each of the questions you are sent, as it’s literally guaranteed they’ll come up during your Sheffield interview.
🤞 Good luck with preparing for the Sheffield Medicine interview! Fingers crossed!