We interview all promising undergraduate Engineering applicants. We'll invite you to our campus for your interview so you can experience what York offers first-hand and find out if it's right for you. The interview is also a great chance for you to show off your skills to us.

What should I expect?

Our interviews usually take around 30 minutes.

The interview is part of a full afternoon spent on campus which includes talks, tours, time in our laboratories and the chance to meet a range of staff and students.

There's no formal dress code for the interview - we want you to feel comfortable so 'smart casual' is fine.

We make decisions on applications after each interview day, and aim for all applicants to receive their decision on UCAS within 10 days of their interview.

Interview advice

We'll ask you some general questions about your application, some technical questions, and, for first year entrants, an engineering challenge which you'll prepare in advance of the interview.

For example, we'll want to hear about why you have applied for York, and for the particular course that you've chosen.

Example questions may include:

  • Can you tell us about some recent topics in any maths or science subjects you're taking?
  • What attracts you to York?
  • What are your plans for your future career?

We'll ask how things have been going at school or college and, if applicable, whether there have been any disruptions to your studies. We want to make sure we have that information if your exams don't turn out the way they should.

If you are applying for our Music Technology Systems courses, we'll also want to talk about your musical background, but you don't need to have a portfolio.

At the end, you'll have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the course, the University, or the city of York itself.

Remember: be honest, be yourself and relax.

Foundation Year entry

For Foundation Year applicants, our questions will very much depend on your background. In most cases, we will assume that you have little or no background in mathematics and science. We'll want to establish your basic numeracy skills and whether you have the right kind of mindset to complete a science-based course.

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