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.
The safety of our staff, current and prospective students is our main priority; as a result, the decision has been made to deliver our 2021 / 2022 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.
- Inform us of any disability or special requirements that you have for the interview.
- Add firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Watch our introductory video in which we provide an overview of our degrees and some tips on what to expect in your interview.
How can I prepare for my interview?
Further information about the interview will be sent to you in the week before your visit. You will be expected to talk about some of the topics you are learning at school or college, your reasons for choosing to study Earth and Environmental sciences, 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:
- 1:15 - 3:45pm - Your interview will be scheduled during this time. Please make sure you are available for the full time, because your interview could be scheduled at any time in this period. You will receive confirmation of the timing of your interview via email the week before the interview, along with a Zoom link. Your interview will last approx. 20 minutes. A Subject Session and Q&A with academics and student ambassadors will take place either before or after your interview depending on which group you have been assigned to. This session will also be open to parents / carers.
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 life at The University of Manchester. These will include online events such as a discussion of careers and employability, and an online forum for parents / carers. We’ll email you and update this page with further information about the sessions as these become available. We are also planning to hold visit days for our offer holders in early 2022, when you will be invited to visit our department to get a taste of our courses and the university campus.
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. There will be opportunities to ask questions to our admissions staff, academics and current students. Please pass these details onto your parents / carers and ask them to sign up.
We will also be hosting dedicated sessions for parents / carers and supporters in the near future which will provide more information about supporting students in their studies 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 and email email@example.com 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.
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 participate at your 1:1 interview with an academic, but they are welcome for the remainder of the day.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to attend for the whole event.
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 at email@example.com.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have a webcam and/or microphone so we can make further arrangements for you to attend.