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FAQs admissions

Find out more information about how our admissions process and admissions days work by selecting a frequently asked question from the list below.
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When do Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) take place?

We aim to run MMIs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, during December, January, February, and March.

What will happen on Admissions Day?

The programme will contain the following elements:

  • Short presentations about BSMS and how the MMI will be run
  • The MMI
  • An optional student-guided tour of the Falmer campuses (including accommodation)
  • An opportunity for group discussions with BSMS students

Refreshments will be available while you are waiting.

Is it necessary for me to arrive earlier than the start time written on my letter?

Please arrive for the stated registration time and no earlier.

Are my parents or friends allowed to come with me to the admissions day?

Parents or friends are welcome to attend the initial presentation and the tour but not the MMI. They may wait for you in the foyer and café area.

What should I wear?

Smart-casual clothing is acceptable attire. As the campus tour may take place before or after your MMI we suggest you bring waterproof clothing in case of poor weather.

What do I need to bring to the MMI?

Please bring evidence of any qualifications already obtained.

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Would I be able to find out the time of my MMI prior to the day?

MMIs and other activities will take place throughout the day, and may be as late as 4.30pm. You will be advised of the time of your MMI on arrival. If it is essential you leave before 5pm please inform the admissions office in advance of the admissions day.

Will I be able to find out who the MMI examiners are?

You will be advised on the information sheet provided in your pack on arrival. Please advise BSMS staff if you realise that you know any of the members of the MMI team.

How long will it take to get from Falmer railway station to BSMS?

It will take you about five minutes to walk from Falmer railway station to the BSMS Teaching building on the University of Sussex campus.

Is it possible to stay over on campus or nearby?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer any accommodation during admission days as students currently occupy the halls of residence.

For assistance with your travel arrangements consult Visit Brighton.

Is it possible to reserve parking?

If your MMI is on a Wednesday you are advised to use public transport as parking is very limited on campus.

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If I am unable to attend my MMI will I be able to rearrange another date with BSMS?

If there are places available on a future date it may be possible to rearrange your date.

If I am unable to attend the alternative date will I still be considered for a place on the course?

As attendance at an MMI is an essential part of the selection process your application would not be able to proceed.

Is it possible to have my MMI by video link?

Unfortunately not.

I have been placed on the post-interview hold list, what does this mean?

The number of entrants into medicine each year is strictly controlled by the UK government. To try to help BSMS manage its intake, we place a number of applicants on to a hold list after they have been interviewed. These applicants narrowly missed the threshold for an offer.

The hold list allows us to make extra offers later in the cycle, or after A level results in August, while keeping within our permitted number of starters each year.

In 2014/15 all those placed on the hold list were later rejected and did not gain a place to study with us in 2015; however in 2013/14 cycle 31% of applicants who were placed on the hold list subsequently received an offer of a place to study with us in September 2014.