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Department of Chemistry

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Visit days

If you are a UK student who excels in chemistry, we will invite you to attend one of our visit days. These days give you the opportunity to meet us and our current students and see the University.

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. We will also discuss with you your suitability and commitment to the course. Although one of the major parts of the visit days are the interviews, don't worry about what this means. The interviews help us to get a more rounded view of you and your application to study here. We also take into account any contextual information such as exceptional circumstances or personal barriers to learning that you may have faced.

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Our visit days are full of useful information that will help you get a sense of the Department of Chemistry at The University of Manchester. Below is an example of our visit day itinerary:

  • 12.00pm - Registration at the Department of Chemistry, Chemistry Building. Relax in the café or watch our CAMERA videos in G.53.
  • 12.30pm-1.00pm - A welcome from our Head of Department and a presentation about Chemistry at Manchester
  • 1.00pm-1.30pm - Buffet lunch for all visitors where you will also have the opportunity to chat with our current staff and students
  • 1.30pm-2.00pm - Presentation that includes information about our courses and the UCAS process
  • 2.00pm-3.30pm - Your interview with a member of our academic staff, and a tour of the Department, labs and campus
  • 3.30pm-4.10pm - Student Life Panel
  • 4.10pm - Departure


There is no dress code for our visit days, but please do wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you will be walking around campus. Manchester is also known for being very wet so bring an umbrella!

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 chemistry and your career aspirations, and to ask any questions you may have about the course or studying at The University of Manchester.

Please do remember to confirm your attendance, or let us know if you can no longer make it or would like to reschedule. You can do this through UCAS.

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Parents and guardians

Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the visit day. Please let us know in your rsvp if you will be bringing your parents or guardians with you. There is a separate itinerary for parents and guardians that will give them the opportunity to see the University and learn more about what you will be studying while you're at Manchester.

Parents or guardians can join the itinerary listed above. During the interviews we offer them a tailored session that includes:

  • 2.00pm-3.10pm - Tours of Department, labs and campus with a current postgraduate student
  • 3.10pm-3.30pm - Q & A session with members of the Recruitment and Admissions Team (refreshments will be available)

Ask questions

We encourage you to ask questions during your visit. Have a think about what you would like to know about studying and living here. You will be able to ask members of our academic staff and our current undergraduate and postgraduate students about your course, student accommodation, labs, the University and the city. Don't forget that University is so much more than just your studies! There are opportunities for you to get involved in sport, volunteering, societies and activities during your time here. In fact, many of our students are and they would be happy to talk to you about this.

Disabilities or special requirements

If you need any special assistance to attend one of our visit days, please just email us with your requirements and we will make the requisite arrangements. We want your visit to be as enjoyable and beneficial as possible. You can also view accessibility maps on the AccessAble website. It provides access information for each of our buildings.

The visit day at the Department of Chemistry will involve a tour of a teaching laboratory in which “live” chemical synthesis is being carried out.

The chemicals are handled and used in a controlled manner so that exposure to any person in the laboratory is minimised.

However we wish you to be aware that some of the chemicals used are particularly dangerous to people who are still growing, pregnant/breastfeeding, or have certain medical conditions such as immunodeficient type diseases.

If you believe you fall into any of these categories which would place you at a higher risk when entering the chemical laboratory, please speak to a member of staff who will treat this with confidentiality as requested and can put appropriate measures in place.