If you're a promising applicant based in the UK you'll be invited to visit our Department and attend an interview.
We usually hold these visit days on Wednesdays between November and March. Once we receive your UCAS application and you've been selected for interview, we will email and invite you to the next available date.
Your 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. You will also be provided with lunch upon arrival. Your 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. 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.