UCAS Visit and Interview Day

Suitable applicants who have a UK correspondence address are automatically invited to attend a Visit Day. This gives a chance for applicants to see both the School and the University, and to talk to both members of staff and current students. We view the Visit Day as a two-way process in which you get to judge what student life would be like at Manchester and we can assess your suitability and commitment to the course.

Do not forget to confirm your attendance by completing the online reply form. If you cannot attend on the day you have been invited, please complete the form requesting a different date. If you have any questions concerning the Visit Day, please contact us at ug.chemistry@manchester.ac.uk.  

  • Programme for the day - Applicants

    Programme for Applicants

    • 12:00: Registration, School of Chemistry, Brunswick Street, Manchester
    • 12:30-13:00: Presentation: Chemistry at Manchester
    • 13:00-13:30: Buffet lunch 
    • 13:30-14:00: Welcome from Head of School and presentation to include information about courses and the UCAS process
    • 14:00-15:30: Interview with an academic member of staff and tour of the School, Labs & Campus with a current student
    • 15:30-16:10: "Son et Lumière" Demonstration lecture of chemical energy
    • 16:10: Departure
  • Parents and Guests

    Parents are welcome to attend the Visit Day. We recognise that in many cases parents provide a significant financial contribution and all parents are keen to see what Manchester, the University and the School of Chemistry have to offer. Parents are encouraged to stay for the whole afternoon (except the interview) and are provided with lunch and their own tour of the University (with a postgraduate tour guide) and a 20 minute question and answer session with a member of the Recruitment and Admissions Team.

    Programme for Parent/Guest

    • 12:00: Registration, School of Chemistry, Brunswick Street, Manchester
    • 12:30-13:00: Presentation: Chemistry at Manchester
    • 13:00-13:30: Buffet lunch 
    • 13:30-14:00: Welcome from Head of School and presentation to include information about courses and the UCAS process
    • 14:00-15:10: Tours of School, Labs and Campus with a current postgraduate student
    • 15:10-15:30: Question and Answer Session with a member of the Recruitment and Admissions Team (refreshments will be available)  
    • 15:30-16:10: "Son et Lumière" Demonstration lecture of chemical energy
    • 16:10: Departure
  • Travel Information

    Public Transport

    Manchester is well served with public transport links and many of our visitors arrive by rail at Piccadilly Station.  A good way to get to the Chemistry Building from there is to catch the Oxford Road Link bus (no. 147) just opposite the station’s Fairfield Street entrance and taxi rank, and alight by the Students' Union on Oxford Road; our building is then a short walk away on Brunswick Street.  The cost of this service is 80p each way and it runs every 10-15 minutes.

    If you arrive at Oxford Road station, the Chemistry Building can be reached after a walk of 10-15 minutes; alternatively, catch one of the many buses which stop outside the Palace Hotel opposite the station, getting off at the Students' Union on Oxford Road.

    By Car

    There is parking available in the multi-storey car parks off Booth Street East and off Booth Street West (see car parks B & D respectively on the Campus Map which can be found here).  Users of these car parks pay on exit, although there is a reduced rate for short-term use.  The parking rate is approximately £6 to cover the length of stay required.  The Visit Days are in the Chemistry Building on Brunswick Street, just a short walk from car park B. (Note that this car park also serves the very popular Aquatics Centre, which was the swimming pool for the Commonwealth Games; if this car park is full, please try car park D, which is a little further away, but will usually have spaces.)


    Directions to the University can be found at the following websites:



    The School of Chemistry is building no. 61 on the campus map.

  • Accommodation Information

    Prospective students are welcome to visit any of the University's halls throughout the year, but you are advised to make a prior appointment as occasionally staff may not be available to offer assistance or halls may be closed to visitors temporarily. Contact details of each hall can be found on their individual hall website. For further information contact accommodation@manchester.ac.uk or visit the Accommodation website.

    Weekly Accommodation Tours

    The Accommodation office also runs weekly accommodation tours from November to March. Further details of the accommodation tours can be found on the Accommodation website.

  • Further Information

    What should I wear at the Visit/Interview Day?

    You should wear suitable clothing for walking outdoors as well as ensuring you feel comfortable. We will be assessing your interest and motivation, not your dress sense!

    What should I prepare for the interview?

    You should be prepared to discuss further the activities and interests you noted in your UCAS personal statement. We would also expect you to be able to discuss the topics you are learning at school/college.

    Overnight Accommodation

    If you are travelling far you might want to consider overnight accommodation in Manchester. The Princess St Ibis, Holiday Inn Express and Upper Brook St Travelodge are all near to our campus.  Alternatively, please go to www.visitmanchester.com or call 0871 222 8223 for further information.

    Visitors with disabilities or special requirements

    If you have a long-term health condition and/or a disability which may affect your experience at the Visit Day, providing us with details will help us to ensure that your visit to the School is as enjoyable and beneficial as possible. So that we can do this, please let us know in advance by contacting us at: ug.chemistry@manchester.ac.uk

    In addition, please could you let us know if any of the people accompanying you require additional arrangements.

  • Tour Guides

    Our Tour Guides A selection of students across all years will be available to chat with you over lunch and give you "first hand" knowledge of their own experiences. Our tour guides will take you on a campus tour and show you our laboratories and facilities. These students know how the University really works and are best suited to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to quiz them about social life in Manchester and the best places to go! Small groups of parents/guests will be escorted around the campus and School by our postgraduate students.

    Questions you may like to ask to get the most out of your visit

    • What does your tour guide enjoy or dislike about studying at the University?
    • Does the University cater for your favourite sporting and social activities?
    • What are the library and computing facilities like - are they adequate for the course and number of students?
    • Does the library stock enough recommended textbooks?
    • Enquire about student experiences of university-owned accommodation;
    • Ask your interviewer if you are allocated a personal tutor and whether you can change him/her if you wish;
    • How much of the programme is assessed by examination and how much by coursework?
    • Can you change to another degree programme within the School, and if so, at what stage?
    • How employable will you be after graduating?
    • What percentage of chemistry students gain employment/take up postgraduate study after graduating?
  • Confirming your attendance

    Confirming Your Attendance

    It is important that you confirm your attendance as early as possible. Please reply using our online reply form. The reply form can be found at: http://www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/ucas-reply.


    If for any reason you cannot attend on the day you are offered please contact the Admissions Office immediately to arrange an alternative date.

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