Applicants for both MB BS Medicine and MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year are selected to undertake an interview as part of the application process.
If you’ve applied for one of these courses, we’ll need you to undertake an interview before any offer can be made. We’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can to let you know if you’ve been selected for interview after you submit an application.
The interview will be an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview which will consist of six station/rooms with six interviewers. Candidates will circulate spending 5 minutes at each station with 1.5 minutes preparation for each station.
We’ll inform you of the time and day of the interview, after you apply. Please note that you will not be able to request a different interview format from that which we specify in our interview invitation.
Interviews on campus
It’s likely that your interview will take place in the Norwich Medical School. Please be careful to follow the information in your interview invitation email to see which location you need to report to, or contact Admissions if you’re unsure.
You will need to arrive at the Norwich Medical School at least 30 minutes before your interview time as you will need to register, provide the requested documents and then we will escort candidates to a briefing room before the interviews commence.
The Norwich Medical School is located on our Main Campus. Please view or download our campus map for further information. When you arrive please wait in the main entrance foyer, where we’ll come and meet you.
How to get here
If you’re travelling by car and your interview is on a weekday, we recommend that you use the Costessey Park and Ride (NR9 3LX). Please check your interview location to ensure that you use the right bus service (511 for the Norwich Business School, Main Campus). Parking is not usually available on weekdays on Campus.
If you’re travelling by train, on arrival into Norwich you can use First Bus Services to get to our campus (service 25 or 26 for the Main Campus). Alternatively, it will usually take around 15 minutes by taxi.
National Express and Megabus stops are also located on our Main Campus, and there are regular local bus services from Norwich city centre to our Main Campus (look for ‘University’ or UEA).
If you are looking to extend your stay and find out more about what our fantastic city has to offer, take a look at Visit Norwich for some excellent tips and recommendations.
The UEA Travel Fund is available to support individuals attending interviews at UEA, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria. Further information can be found here.
What you’ll need to bring with you
You’ll need to bring copies and originals of all of the documents listed in your interview invitation email. We’ll keep the copies for our records, but we’ll also need to see the originals to be sure of the validity of the documents. The documents we’ll require include:
- A valid passport or a provisional/full photo card driving licence for identification.
- If your name has changed, a marriage certificate/Decree Absolute/Deed Poll Certificate.
- Your academic qualifications from High School onwards (i.e. GCSE or equivalent).
- Completed Work Experience Form (Word).
- UKCAT SEN/SA/50 (Specific Educational Needs) supporting documents (if applicable).
Please remember that you’ll be attending an interview for a professional course. You should therefore dress as you would for a job interview.
If you’re travelling together with others or would like to bring anyone with you, you’re very welcome to do so. While the interview process takes place they’ll need to wait elsewhere. There are plenty of cafés on our campus or they can explore using our self guided tour information.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any individual requirements that you’d like to let us know about before you arrive.
What to do if you’re delayed
We recommend that you allow plenty of time to get to your interview. If you think that you might be late or if you’ve been delayed for any reason, please contact the Admissions Office on 01603 591515 to let us know. If you’re attending an interview on a Saturday and are delayed, please email email@example.com.
Accommodation on campus
The University offers on-site accommodation at Broadview Lodge, on our Main Campus. For further information and details of how to book, please use the ’contact us’ page on their website. Please also see Visit Norwich for some ideas for other local places to stay.
What to expect when you get here
You’ll be invited to a morning or afternoon interview session. Please check your interview invitation for the correct start time.
You will need to register, provide the requested documents and then we will escort candidates to a briefing room before the interviews commence.
The actual interview itself will last approximately 40 minutes in the format of a Multiple Mini Interview.
We can’t tell you what the interview questions might be but typically we look for applicants to demonstrate at interview;
- An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information
- The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership
- A caring and supportive attitude
- An empathetic and caring approach
- Insight in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession
- Honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness
- Understanding of the NHS values
Please note that lunch isn’t provided as part of the day, but there are onsite cafés where you can buy food and refreshments.
Other opportunities while you’re here
Please ensure that you get the most from your visit to UEA while you’re here.
We strongly recommend that you take a look around our beautiful campus while you’re here, if you can. There will usually be an opportunity to have a Campus Tour after your interview. A downloadable ‘self-guided tour’ is also available on our self-guided campus tours page.
More options for looking around while you’re here
Whilst we’re usually unable to offer accommodation tours on our interview days, they’ll be available as part of our Open Days later in the year.
The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital is also nearby, so you might wish to have a quick look around while you’re here, if you have time.
If you’ve been invited to an interview but you know that you won’t be able to make it, please contact the Admissions Service as soon as possible, so that we can discuss your options with you.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01603 591515
We’ll do our best to offer you an alternative date or time if we can, but in some instances this may not be possible.
If you do not attend an interview and do not notify us of your absence prior to the interview taking place, we will assume that you no longer wish to be considered for the course, and your application will be updated accordingly at UCAS.
Overseas applicants are expected to attend our Interview Days however, we have previously offered interviews in Hong Kong and Dubai. This depends on the number of applications we receive from these countries.
After the interview
We’ll aim to provide you with an update on your application as soon as possible but due to the competitiveness of this course we are unlikely to make any offers until after all applicants have been interviewed. Interviews will run until the end of February so decisions are expected to be made in March. There are three potential outcomes; we may be able to make you an offer, we may hold your application for later consideration or we might need to advise you that your application has been unsuccessful. We’ll be in touch by email so do keep an eye out for any emails from UEA.
If your application is unsuccessful after interview, we’ll indicate the reason for this via UCAS. If you would like to request further feedback please email email@example.com. Due to the number of applications and the application process it isn’t usually possible to give detailed individual feedback. See our feedback policy.
Keep us up to date with your decisions
If you wish to withdraw your application or you’re not planning on attending your interview, it’s extremely important that you let the Admissions Office know, and that you update your UCAS Track as soon as possible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, UCAS Personal ID Number and the reason for your application withdrawal.
Opportunities to visit our campus after your interview
If you are successful in obtaining an offer, you will be invited to attend the Medicine Post Offer Applicant Day which is scheduled to take place on campus on Saturday 21 March 2020. We strongly recommend that you attend if you haven’t already visited us on an Open Day, as you’ll be able to get a proper look at our facilities and beautiful campus, and you’ll have more of an opportunity to chat to current academic staff and students about the course. If you’ve attended an Open Day already, we still recommend that you attend the Medicine Post Offer Applicant Day if you can.