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Department of Chemical Engineering

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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 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.
  • We will provide the interview Zoom link 48 hours prior to interview.
  • Inform us of any disability or special requirements that you have for the interview by emailing
  • Add 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 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. 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 - You will be given a time slot and a another unique Zoom link 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.

Additional sessions

You will also be invited via email to attend a range of other events, including an in-person offer holder day to get a taste of our department and our campus.. This will include talks from academics, tours of campus and the facilities you will be using, as well as the chance to talk with staff and students about any aspect of student life at Manchester. If you meet our WP flag criteria, we will be able to offer you a reimbursement of your travel costs to Manchester. We will contact all eligible offer holders to book travel in advance of the offer holder day.

Parents and carers

Parents and carers are welcome to attend the virtual visit days and any additional sessions we may run.

We will also be hosting dedicated sessions for parents / carers and supporters. 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. We will send further information about this to successful applicants.

Frequently asked questions

When are the visit days scheduled for?

The visit days take place most Wednesdays between 10 November 2021 and 9 December 2021 and between 3 February 2022 and 23 March 2022.

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. We will then reallocate you an alternative day. If you want to request a particular date we will do our best to accommodate your request but cannot guarantee these 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 be present at your individual interview with an academic, but they are welcome for the remainder of the day.

Can I attend for just the interview?

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.

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

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.

Do I need to be on camera?

During the interview and interactive sessions it would be beneficial for you to be on camera.

What if I don't have a 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.