Selection procedure in full

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At Hull York Medical School we believe fairness and transparency is of utmost importance when selecting applicants. During this process, the following criteria are considered:

  • Academic ability, judged by prior academic performance and, where appropriate, predicted academic results
  • Evidence of motivation and reasons for working in healthcare
  • Evidence of a realistic understanding of healthcare issues and practice
  • Written and oral communication skills, and suitability for an enquiry-based learning course
  • Evidence of conscientiousness, self-motivation, responsibility and appropriate maturity and confidence

We give all applications full consideration, irrespective of the applicant's age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital or parental status, religion, social class, nationality, ethnic origin, or area of UK residence.

We and our parent universities are committed to a programme of widening access to higher education. Our admissions process selects applicants on the basis of their potential, and we take account of evidence of educational, social, health or other personal disadvantage.

Our admission policy follows the Guiding Principles for the Admission of Medical Students agreed by the Council of Heads of Medical Schools (revised March 2010). We reserve the right to alter our process if considered necessary.

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Selection for interview

Applicants meeting our minimum academic requirements are ranked for interview based upon the following factors:

GCSE results (30 points)

Applications will be given an academic score based upon the best eight achieved grades at GCSE or equivalent Year 11 qualifications.

UKCAT Score (40 points)

We award a number of points based upon your total UKCAT score; we do this once UKCAT results are released to universities in November. As such the number of points that each UKCAT score will receive as part of our Selection Procedure will be determined after the UCAS deadline.

UKCAT Situational Judgement Test (15 points)

Points are allocated depending on the SJT Band achieved, up to a maximum of 15 points.  

Contextual data (15 points)

We are committed to selecting the best applicants based on their potential, we therefore use contextual information alongside your UCAS form to better inform decision-making. Due to the availability and comparability of data, the use of contextual information will apply to UK applicants only.

An additional 15 points will be awarded to candidates who meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Candidate’s home postcode is in an area of low participation (POLAR quintile 1 or 2)
  • No parental experience of higher education
  • Candidate is in receipt of the UKCAT Bursary

We also offer eligible candidates the following:

  • Alternative offers and fast-track interviews to students who successfully complete one of the following:

Personal statement 

We do not score your personal statement; however, it is an important part of your application to Hull York Medical School as it allows you to talk about your interests, achievements and ambitions.

We do read all of these and reserve the right to take them into consideration in selection decisions. We carefully examine all the information submitted on the UCAS form when making decisions about candidates who are borderline at the selection for interview or selection for offer stage.

If you are invited for interview, your statement is likely to prove useful preparation for interview questions. It is important that your statement is honest and accurate; we may check the claims that you made on your statement, and discovery of fabricated or exaggerated material may lead to the withdrawal of a future offer of a place.

Important points for you to address in your personal statement are:

  • Motivation for wanting to study Medicine
  • Realistic understanding of Medicine, including hands-on experience of caring and observing healthcare in a hospital and community settings
  • Self-motivation and responsibility
  • Written communication skills
  • Interests, activities and achievements in addition to academic interests/strengths
  • We are particularly interested in your reflections on what you have learned about yourself, or the medical profession from your experiences.


Any application submitted without a completed academic reference will be rejected. If it is a while since you were studying and you have been in a full time job for more than one year we will also require a reference from your latest employer who will be asked to comment upon your suitability to study Medicine.

Pre-application experience

There is no prescribed pre-application experience, but you should try to obtain a realistic understanding of the demands of medical training and practice. You will find it useful to get some experience in a range of caring situations, observing or working alongside healthcare staff, in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

We also advise that you explore both the positive and negative aspects of a medical career through talking to doctors and other healthcare professionals. We will expect you to demonstrate that you understand, and are committed to, teamwork and the social context of healthcare.

The following books are useful sources of information, and regularly updated:

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Each year we interview approximately 600 candidates. Our interviews for 2018 entry will take place during December 2017 and January 2018. Our Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process is a carefully structured sequence of stations, which can take place in any order.

What happens at the interview

Group exercise (20 points)

20 minutes

The aim of this group activity is to allow a 'live' assessment of your ability to work effectively with your peers. You will be scored on your contribution using a prescribed set of grade descriptors, by an experienced problem-based learning tutor and one other trained assessor.

Personal qualities interview (20 points)

10 minutes with two interviewers

There will be up to three key questions and you may be asked to expand on your responses. Each interviewer will score your responses separately using a prescribed set of grade descriptors.

Issues in medicine interview (20 points)

10 minutes with two interviewers

A second, semi-structured personal interview, also with two interviewers and lasting 10 minutes. There will be no more than three key questions during the interview, but interviewers will ask you to expand upon your responses. Each interviewer will score your responses separately using a prescribed set of grade descriptors.

Scenario station (20 points)

5 minutes

In the room there will be an actor and two assessors. As soon as you go into the room, you will be in the scenario. The assessors will not take part; their role will simply be to observe and score this station. An actor will be present playing a character and you will need to interact with that person in the same way you would in real life. The actor will be playing a character other than themselves but we want you to be yourself. Please do and say what you would in real life – you are not being asked to take on a character other than yourself, and we are not judging your acting skills. No medical or special knowledge will be required – we are not testing specialist knowledge.


During the whole MMI, we will be observing and scoring you in the following areas:

  • Your ability to work collaboratively in a group
  • How you contribute relevant information to the group discussion
  • How effectively and clearly you articulate your own thoughts in a group setting
  • Insight into a medical career
  • Your understanding of the values in the NHS Constitution
  • Motivation for a medical career
  • Your awareness and understanding of current medical issues
  • Your communication skills
  • Your understanding of and motivation for the Hull York Medical School MB BS course
  • Your personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience
  • Your ability to think critically

If you cannot attend your interview

If you cannot attend the interview date that you are given, we may not be able to reschedule. Please inform us of any dates you are unavailable immediately after submitting your application.

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Selection for offer

Your scores from the four separate components of the interview process are collated in addition to points allocated depending on the UKCAT SJT Band achieved, up to a maximum of 20 points. 

We then rank applicants in order of total score and make offers to around the top 300 students. In general we make offers after all the interviews are completed.

All offers of places are conditional upon a satisfactory health check.

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If you're unsuccessful in your application, we're happy to send you feedback. In line with the recommendations of the Schwartz report (September 2004), we can only provide your numerical ranking in our scoring system. This is because our many excellent applicants are in fact competing against each other, and so we score applicants' relative strengths rather than their weaknesses. This also means we're usually not able to give specific advice on individual applications.

If you believe you have been incorrectly rejected on academic grounds please re-check our entry requirements before contacting us.

In order to request feedback you can email us at  applicantfeedback@hyms.ac.uk. Your email must come from the email address registered on your UCAS application and include your UCAS ID and date of birth in your request. 

Please note that we are unable to respond to requests for feedback until the February following the UCAS application deadline.

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