Visit days

Promising applicants who are based in the UK are invited to visit our School and attend an interview

We usually hold these Visit Days on Wednesdays between November and March. Once we receive your UCAS application, and you have been selected for interview, we will email and invite you to the next available date.

Itinerary

The day starts at 11:30am and will include a presentation by the Admissions Tutor, a tour of the School and campus, demonstrations of our facilities, including a hands-on session, and an interview with a member of academic staff. Lunch will also be provided and you will have opportunity to speak to current students. The visit ends at approximately 4:30pm.

Preparation

There is no dress code for your interview. However, during your visit you will be escorted on a tour of the campus and our facilities so we recommend you wear comfortable shoes and bring a coat.

We do not require your record of achievement or a portfolio. However you are welcome to bring these items to discuss at your interview if you so wish.

Interview

Your interviewer will start by asking you "warm-up" questions, so you should be prepared to explain why you have applied to university, why The University of Manchester, and why this particular course. Have you thought about a year in industry or summer placements? What about MEng or BEng?

The purpose of these questions is to ascertain how much you have thought through your options for the next few years. We are looking for signs that you value your time and abilities, and want to develop them in the right environment.

Technical questions: we will ask one or two technical questions to provoke a discussion. These are likely to be maths based and could include topics such as algebra, functions, trigonometry and calculus. This is to demonstrate how you think rather than what you know; are you able to argue a particular position and put forward your point of view?

Parents

Parents are welcome on our Visit Days and we can incorporate a separate briefing for them, so please let us know if they intend to come along. Alternatively, your parents may like to drop you off at the University and then go on to explore the city.

Ask questions

We encourage you to ask questions throughout the day. However the interview is a good opportunity to do this.

You don't have to ask anything (there are no extra points for clever questions) but remember your interviewer is an academic member of staff. They can give direct answers about the University and the course; they can also offer insight into the development of the subject area you are interested in.

Laboratory session

Part of the visit will involve a ‘hands on’ demonstration of our National Instruments sponsored Laboratory.

You will be split into groups, and given instructions to guide you through a mini project. There will be current students and academics on hand to offer advice and answer any questions.

This is not an assessment; it is a chance for you to gain insight into the practical element of our course. You will have the opportunity to engage in a real lab situation with equipment that our current students regularly use.

Directions

The Visit Day is based on floor D room 45a in the Sackville Street Building which is Number 1 on the Campus map.

The Sackville Street Building is approximately 5 minutes’ walk away from Piccadilly Railway station and Chorlton Street coach station in central Manchester.

An interactive map is also available on the iManchester app which is available for Android and iPhone. Search for iManchester in your app store. You can also access the Mobile web version that works on any device.

See our Maps and Travel page for further information, including a video on how to find us and places to stay.

Accommodation tours

We do not include an accommodation tour on the School Visit Day. However there are other opportunities to see examples of the Halls of Residence Manchester has to offer.

Prospective students are welcome to visit any of the University's halls throughout the year but you are advised to make prior appointments as occasionally staff may not be available to offer assistance or halls may be closed to visitors temporarily. For more information about our accommodation including virtual tours and videos, please see the Accommodation Office website.

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