Barts and The London Medicine Interview Questions

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Barts and The London Medicine Interview Format

Barts and The London School of Medicine use traditional panel interviews which last 15-20 minutes. The panel consists of two members of senior academic or clinical staff, a current medical student and sometimes a lay observer. The interview evaluates candidates on the following domains:

  • Motivation and reality of a career in medicine
  • Initiative, resilience and maturity
  • Team work
  • Organisation and problem solving abilities
  • Contribution to university life
  • Communication skills

Interviews will be online for this cycle. 

Key Dates

Interviews generally take place between January and March.

Barts and The London Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)
Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)
Percentage of Candidates Interviewed
Percentage Of Candidates Interviewed
Interviewee Success Rate
Interviewee Success Rate

Before the Interview

  • Ensure you can clearly articulate why you have chosen to study Medicine and why Barts is your preferred medical school.
  • Be able to verbalise your interests, talents, and the contribution you can make to the university. To show that you are prepared to participate as fully as possible in university life, and are able to contribute in some way to the outside community.
  • Research what a career in medicine involves so that you can demonstrate that you have a clear understanding of the level of commitment and motivation required.
  • Reflect on the skills and insight gained through your relevant by work experience.
  • Read the medically related email article Barts send you; familiarise yourself with it and ensure that you can confidently apply the four ethical principles to the scenario. Additionally, ask medical friends and relatives to suggest (and practice) potential questions related to the article. For further information on how to analyse articles, review the BlackStone Tutors Online Interview Question Bank.
  • Ensure that you remain up-to-date with issues/hot topics that involve the NHS and other groups within the medical community. 

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Barts and The London Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

Background and Personal Statement

  1. How do you cope with stress?
  2. What qualities do you have that makes you a good team leader?
  3. Tell us about my work experience and what skill/experiences you have taken away from it

Barts University and Study

  1. Why study at Barts?
  2. How would you contribute to Barts as a University
  3. How do you cope with technology (in relation to self-directed learning and PBL)?
  4. What are the disadvantages of being a medical student?
  5. How do you succeed as a medical student?
  6. What do you like about London?

Motivation and Insight into Medicine

  1. What attracted you to Medicine?
  2. Why do you want to be a doctor?
  3. What have you done to prepare for medicine?
  4. Has anyone tried to put you off medicine?
  5. How would I deal with death as a doctor?
  6. How would you feel regarding the violence etc, when doing emergency medicine?
  7. How would you put someone off doing medicine? 
  8. How would you cope with all the bad things aspects of doing medicine?
  9. What do you want to specialise in? Why does this speciality interest you?

Attributes of a Good Doctor

  1. How would you want your patients to perceive you?
  2. What would you have done differently? (in relation to a given scenario)
  3. What makes a good team leader? 

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