Our Multiple Mini Interview process

We use Multiple Mini Interviews, or MMIs, as part of our admissions process in the School of Medicine. It's a style of interview that's now commonly used by medical schools.

MMIs give us a broad view of the skills you need to become a competent doctor, and are designed to gain insight into your personal qualities and cognitive skills. As well as being academically capable, successful doctors need the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, to adapt to and work well in unfamiliar circumstances, and to listen and communicate effectively – not only with individual patients, but within a team. 

Watch Professor John Kinnear on why the School of Medicine uses MMIs to select medical students, and what you can expect from the process.

What is an MMI?

MMIs consist of a series of eight mini-interviews ('stations'), each lasting seven minutes, with a brief rest between each station. 

After completing each station you move straight onto the next and follow a pre-arranged circuit, until you have completed all the stations. 

The mini-interviews will be carried out by members of our Medicine course team, healthcare professionals, junior doctors and service users. We don't directly use your personal statement in the selection process, but you should be prepared to discuss or use aspects of it at the MMIs. 

Typically, there is one interviewer per station, but be prepared for more than one, as some stations may involve ‘actors’, who you will interact with. For example, you may be given a scenario to read and then discuss and play a role with the actor in front of an interviewer. 

The interviewer will give you a mark for your performance at each station.

The eight stations can be seen as independent of each other, so in effect you have eight fresh starts. We believe MMIs offer a fair way to assess your thinking and communication skills, and the personal values which will shape the kind of doctor you will become.

What types of questions do we ask?

MMI questions will test your preparation and motivation to study medicine. The object of the interviews is to assess your ability to respond spontaneously to various scenarios, without coaching. Areas that are tested will include:

  • communication skills
  • critical thinking
  • moral reasoning
  • teamwork and leadership
  • empathy
  • problem solving
  • interpersonal skills.

You'll be expected to answer questions or respond to scenarios candidly and to the best of your ability. A good place to practise MMI questions is on The Medic Portal website.

How do we mark MMIs?

You'll be scored in three domains on each station, and the scores added together. The three domains include:

  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • initiative and problem solving
  • personal integrity and moral reasoning.

Each domain is marked out of five, so each MMI station carries a maximum score of 15. The maximum score across eight stations is 120. 

Our interviewers will also give you a ‘Global Score’ which could be:

  • poor
  • unsatisfactory
  • satisfactory
  • good
  • excellent.

The score is not used as part of the ranking of candidates, but provides further useful information in the event of needing a ‘tie-breaker’ decision. If a candidate is suspected of providing false information, it may result in immediate disqualification from your application being considered.

Please note that we do not allow Skype or remote interviews.

Take a look at our top tips on preparing for your MMIs:

Medical Schools Council

Take a look at the Medical Schools Council website, which has information for applicants on preparing for interviews – both structured panel interviews and MMIs.

When do MMIs take place?

MMI interview dates for September 2020 entry

  • 9 - 13 December 2019
  • 6 - 10 January 2020
  • 13 - 17 January 2020

On the day

Congratulations if you've been shortlisted for an MMI, and for reaching this stage following our rigorous shortlisting process.

Our Admissions Team will have sent you information for booking and attending your MMI. Please make sure you read it thoroughly.

Interview days can be nerve-wracking and we encourage you to allow plenty of time for travelling. Due to the tight schedules we work to, if you're delayed, we may not be able to interview you.

If someone is accompanying you to your interview, we'll ask them to wait in our central seating area, which has refreshments available from vending machines. 

Where do I register?

  • MMI interviews are held at our Chelmsford campus.
  • When you arrive, please report to the foyer area of the School of Medicine building. You'll be greeted by a member of our Patient Participation Group who will take you to meet our Admissions Team.
  • Please note there is no parking on campus, so it's worth checking local transport arrangements. Chelmsford City Council's website has details of long-stay car parks, and there are also Park & Ride services running through our campus. See Travelling to our Chelmsford campus for more details.
  • Please dress appropriately for your interview.

Our Admissions Team will register you and ask to see the original documentation that you uploaded onto your applicant portal:

  • passport
  • visa/residency permit where applicable
  • educational certificates for all the qualifications you already have and that you are using for entry to the course (such as GCSEs, A levels, Access).

If your name is different to that shown on one of your certificates, you must also provide proof of this (eg Marriage Certificate or Deed Poll paperwork).

Proof of identity

Please bring photo ID as proof of your identity; this will be checked by our Admissions Team. ID can be:

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • ID badge from your current employer or college.

You must bring at least one of these proofs of ID to your interview.

Finally, good luck!