University of Exeter Graduate (GEM) 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!

University of Exeter Medical School interviewed 851 candidates in 2020/2021, and gave out 590 offers. This means that only 1 in 1.4 people interviewed received an offer!

University of Exeter will involve a 7 station MMI , with each station lasting 5 minutes. In this guide we provide an expert insight into past University of Exeter MMI stations, the University of Exeter medicine interview day and tips for converting your University of Exeter medicine interview into an offer! 

2021/2022 University of Exeter MMI (GEM) in a Nutshell

What is the style of the Exeter medicine interview?

For 2021/22 Exeter is running virtual MMI interviews again via Zoom involving 3 stations and lasting approximately 30 minutes in total.

Each interview station lasts for 8 minutes with a recommended 2 minutes of preparation time to read provided information relating to the station. The stations will cover these topics:

  1. Communication 
  2. Reflectiveness
  3. Empathy
  4. Personal strengths and weaknesses
  5. Motivation to study at Exeter

When is the Exeter medicine interview?

University of Exeter medicine interviews normally take place between December and March. For 2021/22 entry specific dates haven’t yet been released.

What are the common topics for the Exeter medicine interview?

  • Communication
  • Teamwork and/or leadership
  • Motivation to study medicine – and insight into a career in medicine
  • Role play station – empathy
  • Decision-making skills
  • Questions on your personal statement – assessing your ability to be reflective
  • Personal strengths and weaknesses

Statistics for the University of Exeter Medicine Interview

  • Applications in 20/21: 2105
  • Interviews in 20/21: 851
  • Offers in 20/21: 590
  • Success rates in 20/21
    • Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.6
    • Offers per interview: 1 in 1.4

List of Recent University of Exeter Medicine Interview Topics

ThemeExeter GEM Example Questions
Work ExperienceWhat did you learn during your work experience?
Describe a difficult experience you had during your work experience, what did you gain from it?
Personality & SkillsDescribe your strongest skills
Describe your weaknesses
NHS Hot TopicsNHS Structure
Organisation of the NHS and relevant government bodies
Medical EthicsDiscuss article on ethical dilemma
General discussion of medical ethics
Problem SolvingGeneral problem solving questions and discussion
Motivation for MedicineWhy do you want to study medicine?

If you would like to practice for the Exeter medicine interview, have a go at the following questions and check out our tips for MMI interviews
  • Describe a time when you worked within a team
  • What have you read recently that’s related to medicine?
  • Describe a memorable moment from your work experience, what did you learn from it?
  • How would a friend describe you?
  • Why do you want to attend the University of Exeter? We have University specific interview lessons which could help you with a question like this, check out more information here University of Exeter

Insider Guide: University of Exeter GEM Interview Day

How did the University of Exeter MMI Interview day work?

You will need to have Zoom downloaded prior to your interview and join via the link sent to you in your interview invitation. You will initially enter the waiting room before being admitted into the registration process where your ID will need to be verified. Then you’ll have a briefing before being invited to a breakout room where you’ll have your first station. There is a timer for 8 minutes at the top of your screen and once it finishes you must stop talking. You’ll be moved to the next station where you will have 2 minutes to rest before the 8-minute timer starts again. After finishing all 3 MMI stations, you’ll be moved back to the briefing room where you will have a debrief with the admissions team.

How did you receive information for each University of Exeter MMI station? 

The details of the station will be shown to you on the screen.

What were the University of Exeter MMI examiners like? Did the University of Exeter medicine interviewers ask a lot of follow up questions?

They were mostly friendly and quite a few asked follow-up questions when you finish before the end of the allocated time. They may sometimes cut you off when you are waffling, so try to remain focused on the question. Some of the follow-up questions were quite general, such as why medicine, why not nursing? And some were dynamic, especially in the ethical dilemmas.

How long is the actual University of Exeter MMI Interview?

For 2021/22 entry the interviews will last around 30 minutes.

What are unique things you mention for ‘Why Exeter’?

  • Newly established (in 2013)
  • Early clinical exposure
  • Course follows human life cycle which makes it easy to follow
  • PBL and a lot of focus on independent study
  • Regular feedback and 1-1 meetings with tutors
  • Really good hospital trusts in the area
  • International placements available in year 3
  • Life sciences resource centre
  • Medical imaging suite

How long did it take you to hear back after your University of Exeter medicine interview?

Approximately 1 month

Top Tips for University of Exeter Medicine MMI Interview  

  • Wear something smart make sure you are also comfortable.
  • Try to pick a quiet environment so the interviewers can you hear your clearly, it’s also recommended to use a headphone with microphones.
  • Remember to practice debating ethical dilemmas so you know the arguments for and against various issues and can use keywords such as the pillars of medical ethics. Try to explore the ideas rather than come to a single conclusion. Find out more information and some of our model answers for interview questions on medical ethics here: Medical Ethics
  • Focus on the question, you will have lots of discussion time so be careful not to go off on tangents or bring in unrelated information. Keep your answers concise and detailed, more words don’t necessarily mean more information.

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