University of Glasgow Dentistry Interview Questions & Tips

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Glasgow Dentistry Interview Format

Glasgow interviews around 200 applicants per year. Of these 200, around 60 will be offered a place in a typical year.

Invites are sent in December and interviews take place in-person across one weekend in February.

The interviews normally consist of 7 stations in an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) format. Each station is six minutes long, including 1 minute’s reading time. Applicants rotate around each station, with the full process lasting around 45 minutes.

Each station will look to examine one particular characteristic or competency, and there are three station types: role-play, discussion or practical. From previous students’ accounts, you should be well prepared for any type of question, and focus on general interview preparation, techniques to keep calm under pressure or when faced with atypical questions, and communication skills.

Candidates are assessed on the following 8 criteria:

  • Be diligent and ethical
  • Demonstrate having a caring nature, are empathetic and respectful of the views of others
  • Demonstrate good communication skills
  • Work in a team and have the capacity to act as a leader
  • Be self-critical and self-motivating
  • Capable of independent thinking
  • Plan and think on the spot and enjoy problem solving
  • Show strong evidence of manual dexterity, creativity and spatial awareness

Glasgow Dentistry Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

Empathy & Communication Skills Sample Station

  • You have recently started University and have been working hard on your first assignment which is due for submission shortly.
  • You mention to a classmate that you are nervous about the assignment. Your classmate replies that they are not nervous as they have found a website where you can pay someone to write an essay for you, which is guaranteed to pass.
  • How do you respond to this?
  •  An actor will play the part of your classmate.

Ethics & Professionalism Sample Station

  • A 15 year old girl attends your practice with her Mother and is complaining of toothache. After your initial examination, you decide to take an x-ray of the tooth.
  • As part of the routine procedure you ask the patient if there is any chance she could be pregnant. She originally says no, but once her Mother has left the room informs you that she has recently discovered that she is pregnant and is scared that the treatment may harm her baby.
  • Discuss with us how you would you react to this situation.

Practical Stations

  • To demonstrate manual dexterity, please thread the provided sewing thread through each of the needles.
  • To demonstrate your manual dexterity, please bend this wire into the shape shown on the paper in front of you.

Motivation for Glasgow University

  • Alongside showing academic ability and practical skills, we expect each applicant to thoroughly understand both the career path of dentistry and the course that they are applying to. Please discuss with your interviewers your motivation to study at Glasgow, and your understanding of the course structure.

Understanding of Dentistry

  • Are you motivated by financial rewards?
  • Why do you wish to become a dentist?
  • What aspect of dentistry is most appealing to you?
  • Are you worried about managing your workload during your studies?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges facing dentists today?
  • Can you tell us about the role of the NHS in dentistry in the UK?
  • Do you keep up to date on healthcare news?

Interpersonal Skills

  • How would your friends describe you?
  • Do you consider yourself as an empathetic person?
  • Do you find it easy to communicate with a broad array of people?
  • Are you good at simplifying ideas?​

Glasgow Dentistry Key Application & Interview Statistics

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How to Practise for Role Play Stations

Glasgow use role plays extensively, so you should be confident on how to approach them. Practice a lot, and do not focus on learning up overly detailed knowledge of the profession or the science behind it. Instead, focus on how to best structure communication, show empathy and use open questions throughout to ensure that you cover all information. Summarising your understanding back to the role play actor will help you check that you are following the correct path and covering their concerns. When practising, find people that you are less familiar with (like a teacher) to replicate the environment at interview – don’t just practise with friends or relatives. ​

​How to Practise for Manual Dexterity Stations

Manual dexterity can be assessed through a practical test, or through questioning on your extracurricular activities. You should work to improve your manual dexterity as much as possible, and reflect on your learning and progress. Possible activities that will benefit your ability in this domain include:

  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Drawing
  • Sewing
  • Cross-stitching
  • Crocheting
  • Origami
  • Playing a musical instrument

No matter what activity you choose, ensure that you are able to discuss your progress, how it is applicable to the manual dexterity required in a dentist, and how you plan on maintaining a high level of the skill. 

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