Virtual 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 such as exceptional circumstances or personal barriers to learning that you may have faced.
The safety of our staff, current and prospective students is our main priority; as a result, the decision has been made to deliver our 2020 / 2021 visit days virtually. Our team have been working hard to ensure we deliver a similar student experience so that you receive all the information you need to make your decision.
Before the visit day
- Confirm whether you are attending through UCAS. See our FAQs section on what to do if you aren’t able to attend the date/time you’ve been allocated.
- Check your email for the zoom links you will need to attend the day.
- Inform us of any disability or special requirements that you have for the interview by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Add email@example.com to your safe senders list to make sure you receive all emails from us.
How can I prepare for my interview?
During the visit day you will have an individual 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. The interview is designed to discuss your motivation to study the subject and see your understanding of skills required. There will also be a technical element to look at how you approach solving an open-ended problem or discussion, with the aim of looking at your logic and thought process. This is not a test and, other than re-reading your personal statement, there is no preparation required from you.
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.
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.
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. Below is an example of our visit day itinerary:
- 1.00 - 1:30pm - Welcome and introduction from the Admissions Tutor
- 1:30 - 2:30pm - Smaller group sessions with our Student Ambassadors, including a Student Life talk and a sample PASS (Peer Assisted Study Session).
- 2:30pm onwards - Interview. You will be given a time slot for your individual interview that could take place at any time between 2:30pm to 4pm.
The main room where we deliver the introductory talk will remain open all afternoon via the same link. If you have any additional questions before or after your interview you can enter this room to talk to our Admissions Officers and Student Ambassadors.
You’ll also be invited to additional sessions which you, your parents or carers are welcome to attend where you can find more information on. We’ll email you further information about these sessions as these become available.
While we aren’t able to show you around the Department and wider campus in person at this time, we hope the following resources will help you to get a feel for what it’s like to study with us:
Parents and carers
Parents and carers are welcome to attend the virtual visit days and any additional sessions we may run, but cannot participate in the interviews.
We will also be hosting dedicated sessions for parents / carers and supporters in March. These sessions will enable parents / carers and supporters to find out more information about what it's like to study at Manchester.
There will be opportunities to ask questions to our staff, academics and current students. Please pass these details onto your parents / carers and ask them to sign up.
Frequently asked questions
Please indicate on UCAS that you cannot attend the interview on the date you have been allocated. We will then contact you to see whether it is possible to arrange an interview on an alternative day.
We will do our best to accommodate your request but cannot guarantee these alternative options will be available.
There is no dress code for our visit days. We will be assessing your interest and motivation, not your dress sense.
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 be present at your individual interview with an academic, but they are welcome for the remainder of the day.
No, it is important that you attend for the whole visit day. You will receive important information in the introductory talk and you will spend time with student ambassadors and academics, giving you the opportunity to ask questions about the course and university life.
As you are making a decision about where to spend the next three or four years of your life, it is of benefit to you to be as well informed as possible about the course and the University.
If we wish to make you an offer we will inform UCAS within two weeks of your interview day. You can check the status of your application on the UCAS Track.
During the interview and interactive sessions it would be beneficial for you to be on camera.
Our advice would be to loan one from your school or a friend but if that is not possible you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a camera.