Postgraduate Research Students

The objectives of the Department are:

  • to produce world class graduate and doctoral level materials scientists and materials engineers, and
  • to conduct world class research into the manufacture, structure, properties and applications of materials for the benefit of the UK and world community.

We were awarded a top grading for teaching (23/24) in the UK government's most recent assessment exercise.

In the UK Government’s most recent assessment of research excellence in UK universities, the 2008 RAE, Oxford Materials was one of the top-rated materials departments in the country. All eligible academic staff and 14 early career researchers (Royal Society URFs, RAEng Fellows and similar post-doctoral fellows) were submitted for assessment and 80% of our activity was judged to be in the highest categories of excellence (Grades 4* & 3*; respectively ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’).

We offer the following research degree programmes. The Department does not offer any taught MSc programmes.

  • Materials Science - MSc (by research) - typically 2 years
  • Materials Science - D.Phil. - typically 3.5 years

On these pages of the website you can find information on these research degree programmes, see in particular:

In addition there is a link to the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division's Graduate School, which is for all MPLS Master's and Doctoral students at the University of Oxford. The Graduate School aims to provide a forum for students across the collegiate university to share information about lectures and social events, and to provide easy access to the Graduate Academic Programme that helps students develop skills to become more productive and successful researchers and prepare for future careers in or out of academia.