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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The University of Manchester arch on Whitworth Building

Visit days

Visit days give you a taste of what it's like to be a student at Manchester and allow you to ask any questions you may have about studying here, university life or the city itself.

Although one of the major parts of the visit day is the interview, rest assured we aim to make the process as relaxed as possible. The interviews help us to get a more rounded view of you and your application to study here and allow us to discuss with you your suitability and commitment to the course. We also take into account any contextual information.

During the academic year 2022/2023, visit days - and interviews - will be held virtually. Further on-campus visits will be available throughout the year, providing you with further opportunities to visit the campus to see the amazing facilities we have on offer.

Before the visit day

  • Confirm whether you are attending through UCAS. See our FAQs section on what to do if you are not able to attend the date / time you have been allocated.
  • Inform us of any disability or special requirements that you have for the interview by emailing us using the contact details below.
  • Once you have confirmed your attendance, make sure you check your inbox for all of the additional details regarding the Visit Day, including your Zoom link and schedule.
  • If you are successful at interview and we make you an offer to study on the course, you will be invited to attend an offer holder Visit Day held on campus. These are currently scheduled for 14th December 2022, 8th March and 22nd March 2023.

How can I prepare for my interview?

During the visit day you will have an individual virtual interview with one of our academic members of staff, this is an opportunity for us to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for the programme.

You will be expected to talk about some of the topics you are learning at school or college, your reasons for choosing to study the subject, and your career aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course or studying at The University of Manchester.

If you haven’t done so already, please sign up to Zoom and familiarise yourself with the service. If this will be your first-time using Zoom, you may wish to have a trial ‘meeting’ with a friend or family member ahead of your interview session.

For the interview itself, make sure you are sitting somewhere you feel comfortable and able to talk to your interviewer and answer questions without any distractions. Your parent / carer should not be present. You will need to use your webcam, microphone, and speakers / headphones.

On the visit day

Our visit days are full of useful information that will help you get a sense of what to expect when studying your course at Manchester. Our visit day itinerary is as follows:

  • 1:10 PM – Welcome talk from the Head of Department – Professor William Heath
  • 1:20 PM – Course overview and general information talk from the Admissions Tutor – Dr. Sinisa Djurovic
  • 2:00 PM
    • Technical interview
    • Personal statement and motivation discussion
    • Student ambassador panel and Q&A
  • 3:00 PM – Next steps and Q&A
  • 3:10 PM - End of the Visit Day

Technical interview
You will be asked to present for up to five minutes on one of the specific technical topics related to the course you have applied for. You may want to use some slides in your presentation which can be shared during the Zoom meeting but are welcome to present without slides if this is your preference. Once you complete your presentation you will then be asked a series of follow-up questions on your chosen topic.

Please select your course below for further guidance on this element of the interview:

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Please only select one of the following topics:

Topic 1: How does GPS work?
An example follow-up question you may be asked: How many satellites are required to find an accurate position?

Topic 2: Hydrogen fuel cells versus lithium batteries for electric transport.

An example follow-up question you may be asked: What are the fundamental trade-offs between hydrogen and lithium-based energy storage in electric cars?

Topic 3: Challenges and opportunities for offshore wind power generation.

An example follow-up question you may be asked: Why do we want to put wind turbines offshore - what is the advantage of this when compared to onshore locations? What is the disadvantage?


Electronic Engineering


Please only select one of the following topics:

Topic 1: Moore's Law.
An example follow-up question you may be asked: What is the relevance of a transistor in modern electronics?

Topic 2: The Transistor - how does it work and how has it changed the world?
An example follow-up question you may be asked: Why are transistors sometimes called switches? How are transistors used in modern computers?

Topic 3: How does GPS work?
An example follow-up question you may be asked: How many satellites do you need to find an accurate position?


Mechatronic Engineering

Please only select one of the following topics:

Topic 1: Autonomous cars
An example follow-up question you may be asked: What are the main limitations in development of self-driving cars?

Topic 2: How does GPS work?

An example follow up question you may be asked: How many satellites do you need to find an accurate position?

Topic 3: Self-balancing robots.

An example follow up question you may be asked: Explain the main electrical components required the keep the robot in the upright position.

 

Personal statement discussion

This will also be a one-on-one discussion with an academic member of staff. They will ask you questions about your personal statement and what motivates you to want to study your chosen degree. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions too; your interviewer 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.

Additional sessions

You will also be invited via email to attend a range of other events to get a taste of The University. If you are invited to an on-campus event- and meet our WP+ or WP++ flag criteria, we will be able to offer you a reimbursement of your travel costs to Manchester.

Virtual tours

Parents and carers

Parents and carers are welcome to attend any sessions we may run but cannot participate in the interviews.

Contact Information

For all enquires please contact us through the following methods:

Email address: ug.eee@manchester.ac.uk
Phone Number: +44 (0)161 543 4017

Add the above email address to your safe senders list to make sure you receive all emails from us – we don’t want you to miss out on any important information.

Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I can’t attend on the interview day I have been given?

Please indicate on UCAS that you cannot attend the interview on the date you have been allocated and email to request a new date and time. A member of our team will be in touch with you to arrange a new date.

We will do our best to accommodate your request but cannot guarantee that alternative options will be available.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code for our visit days. We will be assessing your interest and motivation, not your dress sense.

Who can I bring with me?

We welcome you to bring along anyone who would benefit from learning more about our University in order to help you make your decision. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to participate at your 1:1 interview with an academic, but they are welcome for the remainder of the day.

Can I attend for just the interview?

We encourage you to attend as many of the talks and sessions as possible. These take place before and/or after the interview and you will receive an email about how to link into them. You will receive important information throughout the sessions and you will spend time with academics and student ambassadors, giving you the opportunity to ask questions about their experience of the course and university life. As you are making a decision about where to spend the next three or four years, it is of benefit to you to be as well informed as possible about the course and the University.

We do understand that this may not always be possible, depending on your individual circumstances. Please contact us if you are unable to attend for the whole event.

When do I find out if I am to be offered a place?

After the interview, we will make a decision on your application within two weeks. You will receive notification of this through UCAS Track. If you have not received a decision on UCAS within two weeks of your interview date then please email us.

Do I need to be on camera?

Yes, during your interview your interviewer will need to be able to see you. It is up to you whether you have your camera switched on during the talks, but we would encourage you to do so if you feel comfortable.

Please contact us if you do not have a webcam and/or microphone so we can make further arrangements for you to attend.

What if I have technical issues on the day?

Please don’t worry, you will not be penalised for something that is beyond your control. If you are having technical problems on the day then please email us to let us know and we will rearrange your interview.