What Happens To Your Application? 2018 Entry

Our Admissions Selection process comprises three stages, according to the following timeline:-

03.05.2017 UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Registration opens (testing begins 01.07.2017)
21.09.2017 UKCAT Registration Deadline
04.10.2017 UKCAT Booking/Rescheduling Deadline
06.10.2017 UKCAT Last Testing Date
15.10.2017 UCAS Application Deadline

Stage 1a:  Applications are checked to make sure applicants meet the minimum academic requirements (the academic thresholds).


Medical School receives test scores from UKCAT.


Stage 1b:  Applications are checked to make sure applicants meet the minimum UKCAT requirement (the UKCAT threshold).

End of Stage 1: Stage completed 10.11.2017 Update: Stage 1 has been completed 10.11.2017

Stage 2:  Candidates meeting both the academic and the UKCAT thresholds are ranked on their UKCAT score (not including the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements and have the highest UKCAT scores are invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.  Update: (10.11.2017) UKCAT ranking has been completed and the cut point, for home and overseas applicants is a UKCAT score of 2690. 

Unsuccessful applications may be considered by the University for a Change of Course to Biomedical Science. This process may take 2-3 weeks. Unsuccessful applicants are then notified via UCAS. 

Successful applicants can expect by 18.11.2017 to receive an email from the Medical School admissions team (not UCAS) inviting them to attend an interview.  Unsuccessful applicants can expect to be notified via UCAS by approximately 18.12.2017. End of Stage 2.

Dec 2017- Jan 2018 Stage 3:  Multiple Mini Interviews

Multiple Mini Interviews will be conducted in Sheffield between 11-15 December 2017 and between 23-26 and on 29 January 2018. 

UPDATE: Interviews in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place between 8-12 January 2018.  Interviews in Singapore will take place on 15 and 18 January 2018.

Feb 2018

MMI/Interview score sheets and UCAS references reviewed.

07.03.2018 End of Stage 3:  
07-10.03.2018 Offers/Unsuccessful decisions notified to students via UCAS.  Unsuccessful applications may be considered by the University for a Change of Course to Biomedical Science.  This process may take 2-3 weeks. Unsuccessful applicants are then notified via UCAS.
16.08.2018 A Level results day.

Our Admissions Selection process comprises three stages, according to the following timeline:

STAGE 1: Academic Attainment and UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Attainment (thresholds)

Applications will initially be checked to determine that they meet our minimum academic requirements (the academic threshold). We will look at the results of all your previous qualifications and the predictions of any qualifications that you are currently studying for and on the basis of this, determine whether or not you meet our minimum academic requirements. Applications that meet the minimum academic requirements progress to Stage 2. Applications that do not meet the minimum academic requirements are deemed unsuccessful.

In Stage 1, applicants compete against the minimum academic requirements. While many applicants exceed the minimum academic requirements, we do not rank applicants according to academic attainment, and there is no advantage in our selection process to those who exceed the minimum requirements.

Those applications that meet the minimum academic thresholds are reviewed to determine whether they also meet the minimum UKCAT requirement 2460/3600 (the UKCAT threshold).  This threshold has been determined by considering the 40th centile scores of the test between 2012 and 2015, choosing the three years with the lowest scores and taking the mean of these. (The UKCAT scores from 2016 were not considered as in that year the test was out of 2700.  The UKCAT scores from 2013 were not considered as these were higher than in other years).

There is no compensation between academic attainment and UKCAT attainment - exceeding the academic threshold will not compensate for a lower UKCAT score.

STAGE 2: UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) Ranking
  1. SOAMS applicants and Realising Opportunities applicants who meet both the academic and UKCAT minimum requirements bypass this stage and are invited to attend for a Multiple Mini Interview.  SOAMS applicants and Realising Opportunities applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will be deemed unsuccessful.
  2. All other applicants meeting both the academic and UKCAT thresholds are then ranked according to their UKCAT scores.  Home/EU applicants are ranked separately to International applicants.  The applicants who have the highest UKCAT scores will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview.  The remaining applicants will be deemed unsuccessful.

It is not possible to know with any certainty where the UKCAT cut point (at and above which applicants will be invited to interview) will land prior to the application deadline.  This is because in Stage 2, applicants are in competition with one another.  Where the cut-point lies will depend on the UKCAT scores of all of the applicants meeting the academic and UKCAT thresholds.  We will only calculate the cut point once all applications have been received.  The following information is provided for guidance.  The UKCAT cut point in the 2017-18 cycle may differ from the values given below.

  1. The 2017-18 admissions cycle is the second time we have used the UKCAT in this way.
  2. Had we used the UKCAT in this way in 2015-16, Home/EU and International applicants who scored 2700/3600 or higher would have been invited to interview.
  3. In the 2016-17 admissions cycle, Home/EU applicants who scored 2000/2700 or higher were invited to interview.
  4. In the 2016-17 admissions cycle, International applicants who scored 1990/2700 or higher were invited to interview.

We are not able to determine how the scores above will equate to the 2017 UKCAT as this includes the 'Decision Making' component which did not exist in the 2016 UKCAT.  However, we note that the UKCAT cut point for Home/EU applicants in 2016-17 fell just above the 70th centile and the UKCAT cut point for International Applicants in 2016-17 fell on the 70th centile.  The UKCAT cut point may fall on different centiles in this selection cycle.

STAGE 3: The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The Medical School will interview approximately 1000 candidates for Medicine for 2018 entry.  (Approximately 900 Home/EU applicants and approximately 100 International applicants will be interviewed). The Medical School uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) as evidence has shown that these are a more reliable and fair means of assessing applicants. Our MMIs are normally held between December and January. For applicants from South East Asia, Medical School staff will be conducting interviews in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

The Multiple Mini Interviews comprise a series of eight 8-minute stations. The questioning in these stations is typically based around the following areas:

  • communication skills
  • depth and breadth of interests (achievements in specific fields)
  • evidence of commitment for caring
  • knowledge of and interest in study in Sheffield
  • medical work experience/Extended Project Qualification
  • motivation for medicine
  • understanding the nature of medicine
  • values and attitudes
  • outside interests

To see two of the stations that will be used in this year's MMI, click here.

Each station in the MMI is scored as follows:

MMI Score
5 Excellent
4 Good
3 Satisfactory
2 Borderline
1 Unsatisfactory

In addition to the 8 stations in the circuit, applicants' scores in the UKCAT Situational Judgement Test (SJT) will be considered as a ninth virtual station. The UKCAT SJT will contribute to the MMI as follows:

MMI Score
SJT Quartile Description
5 1st Excellent
4 2nd Good
3 3rd Satisfactory
2 4th Borderline
1 Not applicable

Not applicable

Interviewed candidates can therefore attain a total score of 10-45/45.  This score is used to rank applicants when deciding which applicants will receive an offer.

Interviewers are drawn from medical educationalists, medically qualified senior members of staff, biomedical scientists, junior hospital doctors, senior nurses, senior medical students and lay people. Interviewers will not have read your Personal Statement, but some of the questions asked commonly relate to the sorts of things people typically write about in their UKCAS Personal Statement. You are encouraged to prepare by reading the NHS Constitution, the General Medical Council's publication 'Good Medical Practice', and by keeping up to date with recent medical breakthroughs, topical controversies, ethical issues and NHS politics.

We do not set a dress code for the Multiple Mini Interviews but of course your appearance at interview is important. You should dress appropriately and in a professional manner. The conduct of applicants is assessed from the moment that they arrive for their MMIs.

Values-based Recruitment

In addition to the values and characteristics mentioned above, the University of Sheffield Medical School is committed to selecting applicants able to demonstrate at Multiple Mini Interview the core values set out in the NHS Constitution. These core values are summarised as:

  • Working together for patients, putting the needs of patients and communities first and speaking up when things go wrong.
  • Respect and dignity, valuing every person - whether patient, their families or carers, or staff - as an individual and taking what others have to say seriously.
  • Commitment to quality of care, earning the trust placed in the profession by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care - safety, effectiveness and patient experience - right every time.
  • Compassion, ensuring that compassion is central to the care provided and respond with humanity and kindness to each person's pain, distress, anxiety or need. We search for the things we can do, however small, to give comfort and relieve suffering. We find time for patients, their families and carers, as well as those we work alongside.
  • Improving lives, striving to improve health and wellbeing and people's experiences of the NHS. We cherish excellence and professionalism wherever we find it - in the everyday things that make people's lives better as much as in clinical practice, service improvements and innovation.
  • Everyone counts, maximising resources for the benefit of the whole community, and making sure nobody is excluded, discriminated against or left behind.
Applicants are encouraged to read the full text of the NHS Constitution.
What Happens after the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

During your MMI you will be graded on your performance at each station. Based upon this grading the Director of Undergraduate Medical Admissions will then make the final decision as to whether you are offered a place on the course, held on a reserve list or are unsuccessful.

Offers are dependent on the applicant having a satisfactory UCAS reference.

Offer decisions are made only once all of the MMIs have been completed.

If you are made an offer of a place you will receive notification of your offer directly through UCAS. All the offers that we make are also subject to the receipt of a satisfactory health questionnaire and a satisfactory enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check (or equivalent). Please read the sections of this website on Health Requirements and Criminal Record Checks for further details. We will send you details about how to arrange your DBS check and about the health requirements questionnaire if you firmly accept our offer. You will also be required to sign a student entry agreement prior to starting the course.