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King's College London Medicine Interview Format

King’s College London uses the multiple mini interview format to inform its selection into its medicine programmes. The MMI has between four and eight stations, with 1-2 tasks per station. Candidates are allowed between five and seven minutes per station depending on the tasks being completed. King’s College London uses a variety of interviewers from across the medical profession (e.g. surgeons, researchers and psychiatrists), to gain a holistic view of the candidate. Further information on the exact interview format can be found through King’s Apply, the university’s application profile.

Candidates are assessed on the following areas:

  • Understanding and motivation for the profession
  • Discussion of a case study and/or ethical dilemma
  • Science knowledge by assessing information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues.
  • Key values and qualities (NHS values), e.g. teamwork, kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making and integrity.
  • Communication, interpersonal skills (these are assessed at each station)

​Key Dates

Interviews are held between January and March. Interviews for international applicants are conducted in late January and early February.

King's College London Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Before the Interview

  • Consider how you will articulate your motivations to study medicine and why you wish to study at King’s College London.
  • Reflect on your extracurricular activities; as well as the key skills have you gained as a result. Be able to suggest how these skills translate to being a good doctor.
  • Research your extracurricular interests to see if it is possible for you to continue these activities whilst at King’s College London as a way to contribute to the student community.
  • Practice discussing ethical dilemmas with family, friends and MMI interview specialists. Ensure that you know the four core principles of medical ethics: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice and can use them in these discussions.
  • Read the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice in Action’ scenarios as these are especially useful to understand how the ethical principles can be applied in a clinical setting. Use the interactive questions as practice.
  • Research the NHS core values, structure and function and be prepared to discuss them.
  • Keep up-to-date with current medical and NHS issues and read broadly into these areas to ensure that you feel comfortable discussing them. 

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King's College London Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

The interview stations/topics will most commonly be based on the following areas:

Motivation and Insight into Medicine – this may include questions such as:

  • Why did you apply to King’s college?
  • Why study medicine and not another course?
  • How has King’s College London contributed to modern medicine?
  • What can you contribute to the atmosphere at King’s College London?
  • What is the structure and function of the NHS?
  • What are the bodies within the NHS?
  • What interesting medical articles have you read recently?

Personal statement/General Stations – These often examine your work experience. Here, you should highlight any volunteer work you have done, as well as any extracurricular activities which have allowed you to develop skills that you feel will be of use to you.  You may be asked:

  • Can you tell me about some voluntary work that you have done.
  • Talk about your extracurricular activities.
  • What extracurricular activities have you done in the past years and what have you learned from them?

Ethical dilemma/scenario – These stations often have no clear right or wrong answer and instead test your ability to consider the situation at hand, before giving your opinion/stance on the issue. The four ethical principles and GMC handbook are likely to be of great use to you in this station. 

  • What would you do in this situation?
  • How do the ethical principles apply in this situation?
  • A range of ethical scenarios with model answers can be found in the Online MMI Question Bank.

Case Article Review  Your opinion on recent health news, which may include questions such as:

  • What is your opinion of the … case?
  • What were the main issues raised in this case?

Data Analysis – here, you may be given graphs, tables of data etc and asked to describe and explain the trends. To learn how to get through these types of stations, read through BlackStone Tutors 6 Point Approach for Data Analysis.

Observation Tasks – These tasks require objective assessment of often non-medical photos (eg. A photo of a logo or a family). Review BlackStone Tutors Outside-In Approach to Observation Tasks in order to succeed in these often challenging stations.

Role play Station: This may involve interactions with a trained actor, or medical school student as well as an observer. For effective ways to navigate this type of station review BlackStone Tutors “6 Stages of MMI Role Play” as well as the MMI Question Bank for a range of role play stations to practice.

King's College London Medicine Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to study Medicine at King's College London?

I am drawn to study Medicine at King’s College London because of its innovative and integrated curriculum that prepares students to become leaders in medicine. The program offers clinical teaching intertwined with medical science throughout, in partnership with renowned hospitals like Guy’s, King’s College, and St Thomas’ Hospitals. The breadth of clinical placements across the southeast of England and the opportunity to learn from world-leading clinicians and scientists are particularly appealing. Beyond this, the university’s multi-faculty approach, allowing access to non-core subjects, and its global connections for elective modules make King’s an ideal environment for a well-rounded medical education.

What do you know about the Medicine course structure at King's College London?

The Medicine course at King’s College London is divided into three stages, with an intercalation year between Stages 2 and 3. Stage 1 lays the foundation in biomedical and population sciences, integrating them with clinical practice. Stage 2 combines science and clinical practice in blocks centred around the human life-cycle and pathological processes, emphasising patient care in various clinical settings and extended patient follow-ups. Stage 3 focuses on vocational clinical training, with significant clinical contact time in hospitals and community care settings, preparing students thoroughly for clinical practice.

How does King's College London support students in developing clinical skills?

King’s College London supports the development of clinical skills through a fully integrated curriculum that includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, and cadaveric dissection. Small group and case-based teaching within clinical blocks are significant features of the program. Students undertake clinical placements in diverse settings, such as general practices and district general hospitals in south London and southeast England. These placements, which constitute a significant portion of the program, especially in the later stages, ensure that students gain hands-on experience and practical skills essential for their future medical careers.

You realise that one of your friends at King's is struggling with their workload. How would you support them?

If I notice that a friend at King’s is struggling with their workload, I would first approach them in a supportive and understanding manner. I would offer to help them organise their tasks and prioritise their responsibilities. I would also encourage them to make use of the university’s student support services, which can provide additional guidance and resources. It’s important to remind them that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. As future medical professionals, we need to look out for each other’s well-being, just as we would for our patients.

Discuss the significance of King's College London's location in your medical education.

The location of King’s College London significantly enhances the medical education experience. Situated in the heart of London, the university offers access to some of the busiest and most diverse clinical environments in the UK. Partnering with leading hospitals like Guy’s, King’s College, and St Thomas’ Hospitals provides students with exposure to a wide range of medical conditions and patient demographics. Additionally, London’s multicultural setting offers invaluable experience in delivering culturally competent care. The urban location also presents opportunities for engaging with medical research and networking, which are crucial for a budding medical professional.

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