School of Pharmacy

MPharm interview process

Our MPharm interviews are an important part of our candidate selection process and are designed to be as fair and transparent as possible.

As an applicant it gives you the opportunity to articulate your skills, experiences and knowledge to the best of your ability, as well as find out the skills and academic ability required to become a pharmacist.

Read on to find out more about the interview process.

interview process

Interview format

We run a Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) format, designed to help us assess the core competencies and behaviours vital for success on the course and your future career as a pharmacist. It also gives you the chance to show your knowledge and skills across a range of areas.

The MMI involves seven different interview stations and applicants rotate through these, meeting different members of staff on each station. This helps us to form a broad picture of you as a candidate, taking into account the views of multiple interviewers.

Stations include scenarios for you to react to around ethical values and professional standards, questions on your knowledge of pharmacy and your motivations for choosing a career in the field, and basic science and maths questions. We also run a group exercise to see how you work as part of a team. This MMI format is used extensively throughout the course to assess and develop your skills as a future pharmacist.

The interviews are designed to give our applicants the best possible opportunity to shine. We want to see you at your best!

We look at each candidate interview across all the different interview stations and there is no weighting applied to any particular station. If you feel you have done badly on one station, you will still have several more opportunities to impress. The wording and content of questions is structured to be as clear as possible and are not designed to ‘catch you out’. If you are unsure on anything then please ask, we are there to help.

While the interviews are part of the selection process for us, they are also a chance for you to meet with various academic members of staff and current students, and get a feel for the school.

Applicants in the UK

For candidates based in the UK we hold in-person interview sessions in the School of Pharmacy, which run from November to March. If you are selected for interview, you will be sent an invitation by email with details of available dates. If you can’t attend the initial dates offered, you can get in touch with our team who will do their best to offer alternatives.

Applicants outside of the UK

If you are based outside the UK, you will be offered an interview via Skype. This will include the questions and scenarios from the standard UK interviews, but will be run by one member of staff.

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School of Pharmacy

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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