Birmingham Dentistry 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!

The University of Birmingham Dental School interviewed 300 applicants in 2020/2021 and gave out about 177 offers. This means you have a 1 in 1.7 chance of receiving an offer after your Birmingham Dentistry interview.

For more general information about the Birmingham Dental School, check out this page: Birmingham Dental School

The University of Birmingham Dentistry interview has an MMI set up, with each station lasting for 5 – 10 minutes. In this guide we provide an expert insight into past Birmingham interview stations, the Birmingham MMI day and tips for converting your Birmingham Dentistry interview into an offer! 

BIRMINGHAM DENTAL SCHOOL: Birmingham is a highly ranked and established Dental School, ranking 15th in the world for Dentistry, according to the QS World University Rankings 2020. It is renowned for its excellent teaching standards and its new state of the art Dental Hospital which will give students the opportunity to treat a wide diversity of patients.
BIRMINGHAM DENTAL SCHOOL: Birmingham is a highly ranked and established Dental School, ranking 15th in the world for Dentistry, according to the QS World University Rankings 2020. It is renowned for its excellent teaching standards and its new state of the art Dental Hospital which will give students the opportunity to treat a wide diversity of patients.

2021/2022 Birmingham Dentistry Interview in a Nutshell

What is the Birmingham Interview style?

For 2021/22 entry Birmingham hasn’t explicitly stated whether interviews will be online or in-person but it’s currently implied that they will be in-person. There are about 5 – 10 MMI stations.
You are given 8 minutes to answer each question, with a break between stations for reading.

What are the Birmingham MMI Dates?

February half-term week.

What are the common topics covered at the Birmingham Dentistry Interview?

  • Work experience
  • Commitment and Motivation for Dentistry
  • Manual dexterity
  • Problem solving
  • Empathy and self-insight
  • Communication
  • Resilience and leadership

At Medic Mind we’ve helped many students secure offers from UoB and other Dental schools. If you’re applying to UoB, we can do a high quality 1-1 mock with you with a UoB tutor and realistic stations uniquely for UoB. 

List of Recent Birmingham Dentistry Interview Topics

ThemeBirmingham (Dentistry) Example Questions
Motivation for DentistryCommitment to the career
Work ExperienceReflect on experiences
Volunteering 
Communication & Role-PlayActor may be in a dental setting
Show empathy and compassion
Helping someone feel better
Dealing with frustrated people
Personality & SkillsHobbies
Extra curricular activities
When have you showed good leadership skills
Personal strengths and weaknesses                   
NHS Hot TopicsCould mention in other stations to show relevant knowledge
Medical EthicsDiscuss ethical scenarios
e.g. colleagues breach guidelines
OtherManual dexterity

If you wish to practice Birmingham MMI mocks, here are some sample questions:

  • Speak to your friend who has lost their family pet.
  • What was the most important thing you learned during a work experience placement and why?
  • How do you know you are committed to Dentistry?
  • Tell me about your volunteering.
  • Some patients in your surgery are complaining about the waiting time. Manage the situation.
  • What do you do in your spare time to relax?
  • A fellow dental student has cheated on an exam. How would you react and why?

Check out the official Birmingham School of Dental Sciences course page here, so that you know what to expect from this course: Official Page

Insider Guide: Birmingham Dentistry Interview Day

How did the Birmingham Interview day work?

We arrived at our scheduled time and waited in the reception of the Dental Hospital. After a 10 minute wait, we were taken to a classroom where we were registered and a talk was given to us about the course, university and interview by a member of staff. 

After this talk, we were split into two groups; one would have the interview first and the tour afterwards. The other group would have the reverse of this. After both parts were finished, we could leave.

What do you have to wear for the Birmingham Dentistry Interview?

The dress code is ‘smart’, so I would advise wearing what you might wear for a job interview.

What is the setting for the Birmingham MMI?

The Birmingham interview took place within a teaching clinic and each of the stations were in a separate area; this allowed for some isolation and allowed us to focus on our own stations.   

How do you receive information for the Birmingham MMI questions?

The instructions were given to us before the station, where we would have a few minutes of reading time to prepare for the question.  

I would say that you should use this time to come up with a solid answer, or think about possible topics to speak about, so that you are well prepared for the upcoming station. Also, use the period to take deep breaths and recollect yourself during the interview.  

What were the Birmingham MMI interviewers like?

All of the examiners in this interview were very friendly which helped us stay calm. They engaged in conversation and were easy to talk to. 

Did the Birmingham MMI interviewers ask a lot of follow up questions?

The follow up questions that examiners asked were not listed on the instruction sheets, however, they weren’t surprising as the questions fitted into the corresponding station. Sometimes they were from a predetermined list but in other stations, extra questions were asked based on what you had said.

How long is the actual Birmingham interview?

The interview itself was about 40-50 minutes, however the exact duration for 2021/22 entry interviews hasn’t yet been released by Birmingham.

What do you advise for the day? (Accommodation, Travelling)

Leave plenty of time for your journey and make sure that your navigation system takes you to the new Dental Hospital and not the old building, which is a long way away from campus.  

How long did it take you to hear back after your Birmingham interview?

It took two to three weeks for me to hear back but this varies by candidate.

MODERN FACILITIES: The £50 million hospital provides world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment. Facilities include a fully computerised phantom head laboratory where students will learn how to manage dental decay and restore teeth, amongst other practical tasks.
MODERN FACILITIES: The £50 million hospital provides world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment. Facilities include a fully computerised phantom head laboratory where students will learn how to manage dental decay and restore teeth, amongst other practical tasks.

Top Tips for the Birmingham Dentistry Interview 

  1. Practise talking for longer periods of time.
    The stations last for 8 minutes, which is quite long in comparison to other interviews, so make sure you get used to speaking for a long time and giving extensive answers.

2. Relax before the interview starts. If you have a tour before your interview, use this as your time to calm your mind and prepare for the upcoming interview. If you have your interview first, make sure you stay calm beforehand.

3. Go through some ethical scenarios.
You need to be able to discuss both sides of an argument and come to an informed conclusion, so the more you practise, the better. UCAT SJTs are a good place to start for these.

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