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.
The day starts at 12:30pm and will include a presentation by the Admissions Team and current students, demonstrations of our facilities - including hands-on sessions, and an interview with a member of academic staff. Lunch will also be provided upon arrival. The visit ends at approximately 4:30pm
There is no dress code for your interview. However, during your visit you will be escorted around, 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 wish.
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 technical questions to provoke a discussion. These are 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 are welcome on our Visit Days - 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.
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.
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.
We do not include an accommodation tour on the School Visit Day. However the accommodation office run walking tours of the halls of residence in Fallowfield most Wednesday mornings. If you time it right you could attend one of these tours before joining us for the School Visit Day. For further details and to book a tour please see the Accommodation Office website.