Aston University Medicine Interview Questions
Note: This interview Q&A is based on pre-Covid in person interviews (from 2019 and before). All university interviews changed in 2020-2021 to an online format due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This article has been updated in November 2021 with further updated information, and we will regularly update it!
Aston University Medical School interviewed 441 candidates in 2020/2021, and gave out 322 offers. This means that 1 in 1.4 people who did the Aston Medicine interview received an offer!
The Aston Medical School interview has an MMI set up with 8 stations, each lasting 8 minutes. In this guide, we provide an expert insight into past Aston MMI stations, the Aston University Medicine interview day and tips for converting your Aston University Medical School interview into an offer!
To learn about the Aston University Medicine interview from the university itself, have a look at their Official Page for Medicine Applicants:
2021/22 Aston Medicine Interview in a Nutshell
What is the Aston Medicine Interview style?
For 2021/22 entry, Aston University will be conducting interviews online. This will involve 8 MMI stations that aim to test these attributes:
- Oral and written communication
- Empathy, compassion, respect and dignity
- Emotional intelligence
- Problem solving
- Being able to lead as well as follow
- Knowing your limitations and knowing when to ask for help.
What are the Aston University MMI Dates?
Aston University hasn’t released the exact dates for interview for 2021/22 entry but they usually take place between December to March. Aston University Medicine interview invitations are sent out from November to January.
What are the common topics covered at the Aston Medical School interview?
- Understanding of studying and practising Medicine
- Motivation for Medicine
- Verbal communication
- Teamwork and Listening skills
- Compassion, respect and dignity
- Problem solving
How many people interviewed in 2020/21 at Aston?
In 2020/21, Aston University Medical School interviewed 441 students.
How many interviewed applicants received an offer from Aston?
In 2020/21, 322 of the 441 students interviewed received an Aston Medicine Offer. This means 1 in 1.6 students received an offer after taking the Aston Medicine interview.
For more information about the Aston MMI and Medical School, check out our guide on Aston Medical School.
At Medic Mind we’ve helped many students secure offers from Aston . You can book a realistic Zoom 1-1 Aston Mock with an Aston Tutor!
List of Recent Aston Medicine Interview Topics
|Theme||Aston Example Questions|
|Motivation for Medicine||Why Medicine?|
|Work Experience||What you saw|
What you learn
|Communication & Role-Play||Empathy|
May be asked follow up questions
Actor could be playing any role e.g. medical student, doctor, member of public etc.
Show communication skills
Ability to adapt to a situation
|Personality & Skills||Ability to handle stress|
Ways of relaxing outside of studies
Qualities which make you suited to Medicine
|NHS Hot Topics||Some knowledge could be useful if you can apply it to other questions, but no direct questions asked|
|Medical Ethics||4 pillars|
GMC good medical practise domains
Understanding of what is expected of healthcare professionals
If you wish to practice Aston University Medical School interview mocks, here are some sample questions:
- How would you handle this situation: your friend is telling you that he is upset because one of your mutual friends has stopped talking to him.
- A fellow medical student has been struggling a lot at home, and this has let to them smoking cannabis to relieve their stress.
Speak to them about their situation.
- Why do you think Medicine is the right degree for you?
- Why do the NHS values resonate with you?
- When have you seen someone displaying the NHS values?
- A medical student has cheated on his final exam.
What would you do?
- Discuss your thoughts on what should be done when a doctor makes a mistake.
To learn more about the course and how things work at Aston, have a look at their Official Course Page for Medicine.
You may wish to check out our video on approaching MMI role plays:
Insider Guide: Aston Medicine Interview Day
What is the dress code for Aston University Medicine MMI?
It’s always good to wear something smart but comfortable, what you would expect a junior doctor to wear.
Do I need medical knowledge for the Aston University Medical School Interview?
The Aston University Medical School MMIs do not test medical knowledge and are written at a level that takes into account the the average age and experience of applicants.
Where can I take the Aston Medicine interview if I don’t have somewhere suitable?
Aston Medical School is aware not all candidates may have an appropriate space to take the MMI online such as somewhere that is quiet or they may not have the necessary equipment. Aston will work with these candidates to help find them a suitable alternative, Covid-safe space.
What were the Aston University MMI interviewers like?
The examiners varied, with some rarely smiling or showing much emotion while you were answering the questions, and some who were very friendly when greeting you and sometimes smiled when you gave a correct answer.
Only a couple of the stations were manned by an emotionless interviewer, but this is usually to see how you cope under pressure, so don’t let it put you off!
Did the Aston MMI interviewers ask a lot of follow up questions?
The examiners had a set list of initial questions, which often finished before the time, so each station averaged between 1 and 5 follow up questions.
The follow up questions themselves varied depending on the nature of the station.
For example if the station was focused more on you and your character, the follow up questions were based on your answers. If the station was more focused on your response to a scenario, however, the interviewer already has a generic predetermined list of questions from which they would choose several to ask you before the time was up.
How long is the actual Aston Medicine interview?
There were 8 stations and each one was 8 minutes long (including the 1 minute of reading time between stations), so the Aston interview itself lasted for just over an hour.
How long did it take you to hear back after your Aston Medical School interview?
I heard back almost three months after the interview, but this varies between candidates.
They tell you on the day of the Aston interview to give them until the middle of May to let you know whether you have been offered a place or not.
Top Tips for the Aston Medicine Interview
1. Read GMC’s Good Medical Practice.
The interviewers at the Aston University MMI will expect you to have good knowledge of some of the main guidelines, so that you know what would be expected of you as a doctor.
2. Read the NHS values.
Make sure your knowledge is good enough for you to be able to discuss these values and you should also understand why they are so important.
Maybe think about how or why they align with your own values, and try to showcase this to the examiners.
3. Discuss ethical scenarios.
You can do this with people you know, or just think about it in your head.
Make sure that you work on thinking about both sides of an argument, rather than only speaking from one point of view. Examiners will want to see that you think about the bigger picture before trying to come to any conclusions. Here are some example answers for ethics questions, to help get you started: https://www.medicmind.co.uk/medicine-ucas-guide/model-answers-medical-ethics/ – UCAT SJT practise questions are also a great place to start!
4. Reflect on your work experience.
Make sure you have a good set of points to speak about regarding what you learned from your work experience. The examiners will want to see that the experience was worthwhile for you when you were deciding to apply to Medicine, and that you will be able to apply what you found to your life in the future.
5. Think about your answer for ‘Why Medicine?’.
This is quite a generic question but it can actually be quite difficult to answer. Make it personal, because the examiner wants to get to know you!
To make things a little easier, here are some of our best tips for questions like these: https://www.medicmind.co.uk/medicine-ucas-guide/model-answers-motivation-for-medicine/
Covid – 2021 Changes for Aston Medicine Interview
Is the Aston University Medicine interview different this year?
The Aston Medical School interview will be carried out online for 2021/22 entry, but the university has not yet updated their website with more information.
For some online interview guidance, have a look at this helpful document from the Medical Schools Council.