University of Buckingham Medicine Interview Questions

Note: This interview profile 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 will be updated in November 2021 when more information is released about the interview format for this year (2021-2022), which is likely to be in person (and similar to the 2019-2020 format described below).

Buckingham University uses selection days with MMI style interviews to assess candidates. Offers are made based on how well candidates perform on these days. The length of the overall interview is approximately 2 hours. In this guide we provide an expert insight into past Buckingham MMI stations, the Buckingham interview day and tips for converting your interview into an offer!

Buckingham University Campus. Buckingham is the first independent medical school in the UK. The university does not receive government funding, but is not run for profit - so all funds are reinvested into teaching and technology.
Buckingham University Campus. Buckingham is the first independent medical school in the UK. The university does not receive government funding, but is not run for profit – so all funds are reinvested into teaching and technology.

Buckingham University MMI in a Nutshell

What is the Buckingham interview style?

Buckingham University MMI typically has 10 stations, each lasting 7 minutes, with 2 rest stations. This year however, interviews were conducted online via Microsoft Teams, so they were structured slightly differently. There were 6 eight minute stations and then a 21 minute station comprised of 3 mini-stations, each including about a minute’s reading time. Due to Covid-19, the Buckingham medicine interviews will continue to be online.

What are the Buckingham interview dates?

Buckingham University has 4 interview dates per year. For January 2021 entry selection day dates were:

  • 13th February 2020
  • 2nd July 2020
  • 27th August 2020
  • 6th October 2020

What are the common topics covered at the Buckingham Medicine Interview?

  • Ethical Scenarios
  • Video Analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Qualities of a Doctor
  • Previous Experiences

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List of Recent Buckingham University MMI Interview Stations

ThemeBuckingham Example Questions
Ethical ScenarioScenario about colleague malpractice
Reasoning behind actions
Discussing and interpreting GMC guidelines
Work ExperienceGeneral work experience questions
Alternatives to work experience
Communication & Role-PlaySpeaking to a vulnerable individual, who can also assess you
Problem Solving StationImagination and divergent thinking
Approaches used by doctors
Motivation for MedicineWhy do you want to be a doctor?
Why not be a nurse?
Ethical Scenario 2Scenario based on competency
Principles guiding patient care
Communication with the medical school
Numerical Ability StationData interpretation
Information Extraction
Simple calculations
Analytical StationCurrent NHS topics/situation in the UK
Resource and funding allocation
GP-Patient Interaction StationSummarise video
Assess interaction

If you would like to practice for the Buckingham Medicine Interview, have a go at the following questions and check out our video on approaching data interpretation stations here:

  • When should problems in a healthcare setting be reported to a higher authority?
  • Why is confidentiality important?
  • Imagine someone could not obtain work experience, what are other ways they could gain insight into the responsibilities of a doctor?
  • A patient is prescribed 50mg, tablets are 12.5mg each: how many tablets will you give?
  • A drug is available as 20mg/5ml: your patient’s prescription is for 40mg, how many ml will be given?
  • What are the different uses of a shoelace?

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Insider Guide: Buckingham Interview Day

How did the Buckingham University Interview day work?

The online Buckingham interview was conducted on Microsoft Teams. After identity verification, all candidates were added into one room for a briefing by the Buckingham University admissions officers. They did a presentation describing how the MMI would go. Each station was in a different room on Microsoft Teams and had varying numbers of examiners (some had only one whilst others had multiple). After the interview there was a Q&A session where staff and two current students discussed the advantages of Buckingham University and their experiences. Questions could be directed both at the admissions officers and students. 

What did you have to bring for the Buckingham Medicine MMI Interview?

You were not required to bring any items, though there was a formal dress code. No notes or use of a calculator were allowed during the interview.

How did you receive information for each Buckingham University MMI station?

Upon entering a room, the examiner would greet you before sharing their screen. They then gave candidates one minute to read the instructions and proceeded with the station. The instructions were quite generic and did not give much insight into the specifics of the station.

What were the Buckingham University MMI examiners like?

There was a variety in terms of what the examiners were like, some were very friendly whilst others cold or neutral in expression. Try not to be phased by that and if possible try to practice speaking with people who may be unresponsive or neutral when listening to your answers. Although it may feel weird at first, it will be helpful in the interview.

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

There were not many specific questions listed on the instructions. Be aware that they tend to have multiple follow up questions and you could tell the examiners needed to ask all of them which resulted in quite a fast-paced interview. Be concise and to the point for the best result.

How long is the actual Buckingham University MMI Interview?

It was about 1.5 hours long overall, barring the introductions and closing sessions. As this was an online interview it was slightly different to their normal structure. There were six 8 minute stations and then a 21 minute station which included the numerical ability station, an analytical station and a GP-Patient interaction station. Some delays were also experienced where candidates had technical difficulties or a poor connection.

Was there much guidance with timing for the Buckingham Medicine Interview?

In the initial briefing they had mentioned a warning would be given before the end of the MMI station, though depending on the station and who’s talking this doesn’t always happen. Examiners had to stay within the given time and could cut you off on your answers if you’d covered the points that they were looking for, otherwise they prompted you a bit further. It happened a few times that stations could be completed with 1-2 minutes to spare.

What were the Buckingham University MMI role play stations like?

The actors were really natural, it genuinely seemed like you were speaking to another person with that personality. It was a little difficult to tell when the interview had actually begun, so beware of a lack of announcement that the role play has started or some sort of indicator that the actor is going to begin their role. Be prepared to get straight into it, potentially without an introduction from the examiner.

How long did it take for you to hear back after the Buckingham University medicine interview?

2 weeks (there are 3 possible outcomes. Rejection, Waitlist or Acceptance).

Buckingham Medical School. The year sizes are much smaller at Buckingham than some other medical schools - for example in 2019/20, only 130 offers were given out.
Buckingham Medical School. The year sizes are much smaller at Buckingham than some other medical schools – for example in 2019/20, only 130 offers were given out.

Top Tips for Buckingham University Medicine MMI Interview  

1. Prepare for the mathematical stations – brush up on mental mathematics as well as analytical skills as these are assessed. Students often stress about this, but you’ve likely done similar preparation for QR in UCAT

2. Read instructions carefully – be prepared to read the question / station slides again if you aren’t sure, some may seem ambiguous but the stations aren’t as intimidating as they may seem at first.

3. Use the transition and reading time to take deep breaths – even though the exam is fast-paced, take time to think before you speak, don’t fall into the trap of rushing through a station.

4. Have your gear ready and set the scene – if your interview is online, ensure that you have a strong connection in a suitable place where you won’t be disturbed by others or a background noise. Prepare and have everything in place so that you’re aware of how close you need to be to your camera, bearing in mind that you may use hand gestures whilst talking. Practice by doing an online mock interview if possible (this is a key feature of our Interview Lessons, find out more here https://www.medicmind.co.uk/interview-tutoring/)

5. Be professional – one of the key values of the GMC is ensuring the professionalism of doctors is of the highest standard. This leads us onto our final tip…

6. Knowledge and abidance to the GMC guidelines is essential – stations featuring this can be very specific, so be prepared! Practice solving multiple scenarios; perhaps off the GMC website or even the SJT section on the UCAT (this can be found here https://www.medicmind.co.uk/medicine-ucas-guide/ucat-situational-judgement-tips/)

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