"We used to find that some applicants confused Medical Sciences with Biomedical Sciences, which is more akin to our Human Biology degree. The Medical Sciences degree is for people who want to go on to graduate-entry medicine and work as a doctor."
The interview consists of a group lab tour and workshops with one of our third year students. This could be a session on basic life support, or a session on how to read an ECG.
While you are not assessed on these sessions per se, you should participate fully and use it as a chance to stand out from the crowd because our students feed back to us about who they could see fitting in to the course.
You will then have your individual interview with two members of the academic team.
Approach it in the same way as you would an interview for medical school, because we are looking for the same things. We are looking for someone with the emotional and mental maturity, and the commitment to become a doctor.
We want to know that you are going into this with your eyes open. The path to becoming a doctor is not an easy one, so we need to be sure that you are ready, and aware of what will be expected of you. This applies to the medical sciences course at USW, a medical degree after you graduate and eventually, the medical profession.
People who are successful in the interview have usually done some work experience in the care industry or volunteered in another capacity to demonstrate they have a caring nature. They also show an understanding of the NHS, the role of a doctor and other health care professionals, and the ethics underpinning the allied healthcare professions. For more information on these areas, you could visit NHS Wales, which has lots of useful information about working in the NHS in Wales, medical conditions, and population statistics.
The Medical Sciences degree program will also train you to be a scientist, so at the interview you should also be able demonstrate your interest in science. Interesting sources of scientific background and new discoveries are publications such as The New Scientist and the science section of the broadsheet newspapers.
We encourage all applicants to attend the group lab tour as this is the best way for you to get to know our teaching staff, current students and facilities, however we understand it may be difficult for you to travel to the UK. If you are based outside the UK, arrangements can be made for you to be interviewed by two members of the academic team via Skype.