Interview

  • The LifETIME CDT programme recognises protected characteristics enshrined in equality and diversity law; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Each of these characteristics is of equivalent importance and thus we will ensure that all are suitably protected during the application process and for PhD students undertaking projects within the LifETIME. We are committed to providing support to students in order to ensure they maximise their potential and progress regardless of their gender, cultural, ethnic background, or disability.

    If your application is successful you will be contact directly by the CDT and invited to interview.

    The CDT will train innovation leaders in drug discovery and regenerative medicine through development of bioengineered humanised 3D models, microfluidics, diagnostics and sensing platforms. You should expect that the interview will explore your motivation, knowledge and understanding that is pertinent to this training.

    All interviews will follow the same format:

    • PowerPoint Presentation

    The interviews will commence with a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation by the candidate on a research related subject of their choosing. Normally this would be on a research-oriented project, such as a BSc or MSc/MSci project, that you have conducted. The last slide should focus on your future aspirations.

    • Interview Questions

    The interview will be of a technical nature that will explore your recent research-related studies, particularly project work, including achievements and depth of understanding. More general questions may also be asked.

    • Lunch and Journal Club

    All candidates are invited to lunch which is then followed by a group journal club. During the journal club you will be asked to discuss and review a journal in small groups. The groups will consist of current PhD students and other candidates.

    • Meet Potential Supervisors

    We strongly advise that you to take the opportunity to contact your preferred project supervisors before your interview and arrange to meet them on the day of your interview (where possible) or beforehand/via skype to discuss the project in more depth.

    • Support

    If you have any specific requirements during or in advance of the interview process, please get in touch at least 7 days beforehand.  Please let our team know if you would like to meet a Disability Adviser. For some people it is useful to meet a Disability Adviser and admissions tutor during your visit, for example to discuss support required.