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Department of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Manchester arch on Whitworth Building

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. We hope to move back to in-person visit days in 2022, but this will depend on the progress of the pandemic. 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 by emailing
  • Add 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.

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, discuss your reasons for choosing to study physics, speak about your career aspirations and 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. You will need to use your webcam, microphone, and speakers / headphones. Please also have a pen and paper ready as your interviewer may ask you to write some answers down to show to the camera. The interview is also a chance for you to ask your interviewer any questions you may have about our courses.

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:

  • 1.30pm - Welcome and introduction
  • 1.50pm - Q&A on the interview process and entry requirements
  • 2.00pm - Interview or talk by a current student
  • 2.30pm - Talk by a current student or interview
  • 3.00pm - Talk on course details
  • 3.30pm - Q&A on the course details
  • 4.00pm - Finish

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

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 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 encourage you to attend as much of the visit day as possible. You will receive important information in the introductory talk and you will spend many of the sessions 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 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 at

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 at 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 to let us know and we will rearrange your interview.

More about physics at Manchester

We hope the following videos and links will help you to get a feel for what life is like as a physics student at The University of Manchester. We encourage you to explore these videos and virtual tours in your own time.

Virtual tours