Teaching Overview

The objectives of the Department of Materials at Oxford University are to produce world class graduate materials scientists and 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.

The Department of Materials at Oxford is regularly graded one of the best materials departments in the UK, rated top in The Guardian league tables 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

In the UK Government's most recent assessment of research excellence in UK universities, the 2014 REF, Oxford Materials was one of the top-rated materials departments in the country. 98% of our activity was judged to be in the highest categories of excellence [ Grades 4* & 3*; respectively 'world-leading' (60%) and 'internationally excellent' (38%)]. 90% of our 'impact' was judged to be 'world leading'.

The Department provides teaching for two undergraduate M.Eng. programmes, both of which are accredited by the UK Engineering Council:

  • Materials Science (MS)
    - formerly known as Metallurgy and Science of Materials
  • Materials, Economics and Management(MEM)
    - jointly with the Department of Economics
    [The MEM course programme is now closed to new entrants]

The following research degree programmes are offered by the Department of Materials, further information being available through the weblinks provided:

DPhil in Materials. A three-year or three and a half-year Doctoral programme, known as a PhD elsewhere, for which approximately 33 places are available.

MSc(Research) in Materials. A two year research Masters programme, for which only a small number of places may be available.

A number of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Programmes, each of four years duration, which involve a significant number of compulsory taught elements.

Members of academic staff in the Department of Materials also contribute to the following EPSRC CDT programmes:

The Department does not offer any taught MSc programmes.

Only very occasionally can the Department offer short internships for undergraduates from other Universities. If you are interested in an internship please contact a specific member of academic staff indicating why you wish to work in their research group. Blanket applications to several members of staff will not be taken seriously.