Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Interviews

Why have I been asked to interview?

Our interview days are a useful tool, not only for us to gauge you’re your commitment and suitability for our courses but also for you to decide whether our institution/ course is best suited to you.

What happens on an interview day?

If you are invited to an interview day, you will be provided with full details of what to expect nearer the time. However, interview days typically involve a presentation from the Department’s Admissions Team, a tour of the Department, a group exercise and an individual interview.Add & Approve

Where is the interview?

Those invited to interview will be contacted in advance with details on where to report to on campus.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you are ready for the start of the day. Specific details on getting to the campus, as well as a detailed map can be found here.


 

I can’t make the interview date. What can I do?

It may be possible to offer you an alternative date, however, this is not guaranteed. Please note that non-attendance to an interview day would not automatically result in an unsuccessful decision.

Can I have a video interview instead?

In some cases, we may be able to an alternative to in-person interviews (not necessarily virtual/skype etc), however; his will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Do you provide overnight accommodation for those attending interviews?

No. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange or provide accommodation or travel to interview days. 

Information regarding hotels can be found on our website here. Unfortunately, we ae unable to provide any specific recommendations or arrange bookings on your behalf.

What happens if I have an emergency on the day of the interview?

If you experience any extenuating circumstances on the day of your interview, please call us on +44 (0)20 75942259 BEFORE the scheduled start time. Alternatively, email be.ugadmissions@imperial.ac.uk, explaining the situation. We are unable to guarantee that an alternative date could be offered but will review each circumstance on a case-by-case basis.


 

When will I find out if I’ve been made an offer, following my interview?

We would normally aim to provide you with an outcome within four weeks.

Can I have feedback on my interview?

If you are unsuccessful after the interview stage, you are welcome to request feedback.

I can’t make an interview. Will I become unsuccessful by default?

No. We have other processes that will allow us to evaluate your suitability, however, we would prefer to meet face-to-face and could determine the type of offer (if any) we would give.

I require a visa to enter the UK (for the interview day). Can this be arranged for me?

Any individual wanting to visit the UK from countries where a visa is required (known as ‘visa

nationals’) must apply for a visa at their local UK embassy or consulate before travelling.

To check if you need to apply for a visa before you travel see: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Any visitor who wants to come to the UK must be able to show that they:

• only want to visit the country for a maximum of six months;

• plan to leave the United Kingdom at the end of their visit; and

• have enough money to support and accommodate themselves during their trip without working

or help from benefits or public funds (or prove that the person they are visiting is able to provide

them with accommodation and financial support).

 

You will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa (https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa)

 

Home Office guidance notes on how to complete these application forms can be found at the same

link above.

 

You are responsible for obtaining the correct immigration permission to come to the UK to attend your interview.

Unfortunately, we (the Department of Bioengineering) are not authorised to provide guidance on applying for a visa, other than the details supplied above.