School of History




As part of your application, we may invite you to visit us on campus for one of our interview days. This page explains why we interview, what you should expect on the day, and how you can best prepare.

Why do we interview?

Interviews help us to assess applicants on an individual basis, beyond the limits of the UCAS form. They provide an opportunity for us to learn more about your interests, your reasons for wanting to study history and the kinds of topics you might explore at university.

They also give you an opportunity to visit us in person and to ask any questions you might have. We will offer tours of the campus, talks on college life and the chance to chat with some of our current undergraduates. We know that you will have many excellent universities to choose from, so feel free to ask about our courses, our teaching and anything else that would help in making your decision.

You are welcome to bring a parent or carer to the campus with you. We will organise a campus tour and a 'Question and Answer' session especially for them.

What will my interview be like?

Everyone invited to interview will spend half a day on campus, with the interview itself lasting about 25 minutes.

Your interview will be conducted by a member of our academic teaching staff. There will be no trick questions, no hidden agendas and we hope that you will enjoy the chance to talk with a specialist in your field.

The interviewer will ask about your historical interests and why you want to study history at Queen Mary. They may also ask you to expand on some of the information you have given in your UCAS form. This is not a test of memory and it is not designed to catch you out – it is simply a chance to say more about your interests and enthusiasms. Your interviewer will be more interested in the way you think than in what you can remember.

The interview helps us to assess your interests, your commitment to the subject and your potential for university study. It's fine to take a bit of time to think about a question, or to ask for clarification. If you don’t understand a question, or if we ask about something you have not studied, please tell us. We want the discussion to be as clear and as useful to you as possible - and we hope that you will enjoy it!

How can I prepare for my interview?

Before you come for interview, ask yourself some basic questions. Why do you want to study history at university? What are your main historical interests? Are there any types of history you would like to explore further at university?

You may find it helpful to explore our website, to see what we teach at Queen Mary. Are there any modules that especially interest you?

It's a good idea to read over your personal statement before the interview. Our assessors may ask you to say more about a book you have mentioned, or a period of history that you have discussed in your personal statement.

The interview is as much a chance for you to ask questions of us as for us to make an assessment of you. What would you like to know about us? Is there anything that would help in making your decision?

If you feel nervous, ask a friend or a teacher to give you a practice interview.

What should I wear?

Our interview days are very informal and there is no need to be smartly dressed. Just wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.

What happens after the interview?

We aim to contact you with a decision within 3-4 weeks of the interview.

We will contact you directly, as well as communicating through UCAS Track.


Our visitors often tell us how much they enjoy our interview days. We hope that you will, too!

Please contact us at sends e-mail) if you have any questions, or if you require any special arrangements for your interview.