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Department of Materials

The University of Manchester arch on Whitworth Building

Materials science 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 2021/22 visits virtually. However, these will be supplemented by additional on campus visits during each semester, to which applicants, parent and carers will be invited. We will send further information regarding these on campus events to applicants.

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 by emailing us at:

How can I prepare for my interview?

Once we have received confirmation of your attendance via UCAS Track, we will send you the required zoom link for your interview. This will be a different Zoom link to the main session. As part of the Virtual Visit Day, you will undertake a short, informal interview of approximately 15 minutes with a member of academic staff, however there is no preparation required for this interview. The interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you better but more importantly, it is a great chance for you to ask the questions that can help you to decide if the Department of Materials at Manchester is the place for you.

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:

  • 2.00pm - Welcome and introduction by the Admissions Tutor
  • 2.45pm - Q&A with Ambassadors and Staff (Admissions Team and Academics)
  • 3.00pm onwards – 15 minute interviews will take place

You are invited to stay in the Zoom “room” at 3pm as you wait for your interview. Here you can chat to our admissions team and ambassadors. The latest interview will be at 3.30pm. You can go back to the Zoom meeting if your interview is an early one or can simply leave after the interview finishes.

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.

Zoom etiquette

The visit day will be administered by Zoom. The Zoom link and password will be given to you via UCAS Track. On entering the visit day please switch off your microphone and video. In addition, we would very much like to know who we are talking to so if you are comfortable, please ensure we can see your first name and surname.

We recommend that you download the latest version of Zoom on your computer for optimal performance.

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

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 contact you to see whether it is possible to arrange an interview on an alternative day.

We 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 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 feel it is very important that you attend for the whole day. You will receive important information in the introductory talk and you will spend much of the day 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 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 website.

Do I need to be on camera?

We ask that you keep your microphone and video off during the main visit day but switch on your camera for the interview. This is so we can replicate what would normally happen at an interview.

What if I don't have a camera

If you don’t have a camera then that’s fine. We understand that not everyone will have access to one. The interviewer may want to check a few details with you before the start of the interview to check they have the right person.