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Edinburgh Nursing Interview Questions & Tips

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Similarly to Glasgow, Edinburgh requires higher grades than other Nursing courses. They look for AAB or ABB as the standard entry requirement, with a minimum possible of ABB. There are no specific required subjects at A Level. They give only a minimal acknowledgement of the importance of work experience, saying that,‘some prior experience of working with people is advisable.’ It is therefore likely that they place a high emphasis on academics vs work experience and people skills. This attitude is seen at Edinburgh Medical School, and seems likely to be replicated at the Health in Social Science School. Therefore, make sure that you can competently and professionally answer the typical work experience and soft skills questions, but focus the majority of your attention on science and academics.

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Understand The Course Themes

Edinburgh outline that their four year course comprises three core strings – life sciences, research skills, and social sciences. These strings travel through the whole curriculum, and provide both continuity and an underpinning to the rest of your studies. Life sciences is an umbrella term that covers the scientific study of all living organisms – in context of Nursing, think about biology, biochemistry, anatomy, genetics, pharmacology and virology.

Research skills are another core part of the curriculum. Having the ability to critically appraise research, and act on that understanding, is core to having a leadership position in any healthcare field in the future. If you wish to study at Edinburgh, and in turn to excel in their course, you should give some thought to your own experience of research. Look into research, the role of research nurses, and any particular fields you might be interested in. Make sure to look through the major medical and healthcare journals to get an overview of current leading research and research areas.

The most relevant social sciences to Nursing are psychology, public health and ethics. You will be expected to have some awareness of the importance of ethics to Nursing. Make sure to look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Practice, to cement your understanding of what constitutes good and ethical practice. Current public health news and trends can be researched alongside other reading of healthcare journals, and reputable news sources.

Think about Honours

Edinburgh provides you with the opportunity to personalise the course in the third and fourth years, following your own interests across different areas of care (such as community or hospital), approaches to care, and into different conditions. Having some ideas as to what specific areas of nursing interest you will serve to make you stand out in interview – but remember to show that you are keen to let the next few years guide you. Two years of further study will provide you with many new experiences and interests.

This ability to tailor the course will also fit self-directed learners well. Think about how to best ‘sell yourself’ as a strong self-directed learner; essay competitions, excelling in exams or coursework despite lack of tuition, or taking on any other type of academic challenge beyond what is expected from a standard curriculum. 


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Year Three Elective / Study Abroad

Edinburgh also offers you the chance to study abroad, or alternatively to pursue an elective in a clinical environment elsewhere in the UK. This is an excellent chance to experience a speciality, nursing in a non-standard setting, or a new and different healthcare system. It will be worth considering this – perhaps try to connect it to Edinburgh’s Honours components (i.e. link it to the ability to choose your courses). If you have already undertaken particular work experience that’s made you interested in a certain area of practice, consider highlighting that experience and your excitement at possibly being able to learn more about it as part of the Edinburgh curriculum. ​

​Some Key Questions for Edinburgh Interviews

  • What is the role of research in Nursing?
  • Can you tell us a bit about evidence informed nursing practice?
  • Can you tell us about a time where you’ve had to take responsibility for your own learning?
  • Do you keep up to date with current healthcare news and trends? Do you think it’s important for nurses to do this?
  • What interests you in the course here at Edinburgh?
  • Have you thought about what area you’d like to practice in?

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