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Department of Mathematics

Visit days

If you're a promising applicant based in the UK you're likely to be invited to visit our Department and attend an interview.

We usually hold these visit days on Wednesdays and Thursdays between November and March. Once we receive your UCAS application and you've been selected for interview, you will be able to view this on UCAS Track.  You should respond to your invitation on UCAS Track.

Itinerary

Your day starts at 12:30pm and will include a presentation by the Admissions Tutor, a mathematical talk given by one of our academics, a chance to speak to our current students as you are given a tour around our key facilities and an interview with a member of academic staff. You will also be provided with a buffet lunch upon arrival (vegetarian options will be provided). Your visit ends at approximately 4:10pm.

We would like to do everything possible to facilitate your visit. If you have any mobility challenges/disabilities, dietary requirements/allergies or other requirements that you would like us to know about so we can be as prepared as possible for your visit, please email Julia and Ellen at: ug-maths@manchester.ac.uk. Any data you provide will be deleted within 7 days of your visit.

Preparation

There is no dress code for your interview. However, during your visit you will be taken on a campus tour, so we recommend you wear comfortable shoes and bring a coat.

We do not require your record of achievement or a portfolio. However you are welcome to bring these items to discuss at your interview if you wish.

Interview

Your interviewer will ask you questions based on your UCAS application, so you should be prepared to explain why you have applied to university, why The University of Manchester, and why this particular course. Have you thought about a year in industry or summer placements? What about MMath or BSc?

The purpose of these questions is to ascertain how much you have thought through your options for the next few years. We are looking for signs that you value your time and abilities, and want to develop them in the right environment.

Mathematical questions: you may be asked a mathematical question at your interview. This is to demonstrate how you think rather than what you know; are you able to argue a particular position and put forward your point of view?

Parents

Parents are welcome on our visit days and we have a separate programme of events for parents while applicants attend their interviews. Alternatively, your parents may like to drop you off at the University and then go on to explore the city.

Ask questions

We encourage you to ask questions throughout the day. However the interview is a good opportunity to do this.

You don't have to ask anything (there are no extra points for clever questions) but remember your interviewer is an academic member of staff. They can give direct answers about the University and the course; they can also offer insight into the development of the subject area you are interested in.