Medicine @ Christ Church, Oxford in 2018

Interview format

2x 15 min interviews, 1 day apart

Interview content

Academic interviews: science questions; Fitness to practice interviews: empathy, scenarios

Best preparation

Practice questions / papers, biology textbook reading

Advice in hindsight


Final thoughts

Relax; be yourself; explain your answers.

Remember this advice isn't official. There is no guarantee it will reflect your experience because university applications can change between years. Check the official Cambridge and Oxford websites for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.

Also, someone else's experience may not reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they are quite interactive.

Interview Format

Test taken: BMAT

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: No

Time between each interview: 15-16 hours

Length of interviews: 15 minutes each

What happened in your interview? How did you feel?

At both colleges I had two interviews: an academic one and a fitness to practice one. In the academic interview, I was asked a lot of science based questions and problem solving type things to see how I thought. The other one was about empathy and how I would deal with certain scenarios. I was very nervous but the interviews were generally quite relaxed and friendly.

How did you prepare?

I had a book full of practice questions that I borrowed off a friend and I tried to do as many of them as possible before doing practice papers in timed conditions.

To prepare for the interview, I looked through the biology textbook a bit to help with answering the more academic questions, but otherwise I didn't do much.

What advice do you have for future applicants?

Looking back, what advice would you give to your past self?

The best thing to do is to try and relax and be yourself and explain your answers - they just want to know who you are and how you think.