Welcome to Oxford Materials
Materials Science is an interdisciplinary subject, spanning the physics and chemistry of matter, engineering applications and industrial manufacturing processes.
Modern society is heavily dependent on advanced materials, for example, lightweight composites for faster vehicles, optical fibres for telecommunications and silicon microchips for the information revolution. Materials scientists study the relationships between the structure and properties of a material and how it is made. They also develop new materials and devise processes for manufacturing them. Materials Science is vital for developments in nanotechnology, quantum computing, batteries and nuclear fusion, as well as medical technologies such as bone replacement materials.
To find out more about Materials Science please explore further our Schools Outreach webpages and visit the rest of the Department of Materials website.
Watch the video below to hear more from our students and tutors:
Here is a photograph of our new intake of Materials undergraduates at Induction in 2019:
Materials Science Admissions Talks
Below are recordings of the admissions talk we usually give on our open days. To find out more about our admissions process, please visit our undergraduate admissions pages.
If you have any questions about Materials Science at Oxford, please contact us by emailing our Access & Outreach team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTRODUCTION AND COURSE OVERVIEW
HOW TO APPLY AND CAREER PROSPECTS
Tour the Department
This video was recorded in the summer of 2020 at a time when on-site working was very restricted in response to the pandemic, hence there are significantly fewer people in the background of each location than normally would be the case. Although the primary audience for this particular video comprises our new and prospective postgraduate research students, it also provides a useful overview for prospective undergraduates.
Along with general spaces such as the Parks View Cafe we share with the Dept of Engineering (a cafe which is open to all students and staff of the two departments), the Materials Library, our Hume-Rothery Lecture Theatre and the Materials Teaching Laboratory, you will see several of our research laboratories. It is in research laboratories such as these that 4th-year undergraduate students following our M.Eng in Materials Science degree programme conduct their full-time eight-month final-year research projects. During this final year our undergraduates each work on individual research projects alongside our postgraduate research students.
Key Department of Materials Locations - 360° images:
Central Site 360° Images Begbroke Science Park 360° Images
Here are some sample lectures and talks to give you a flavour of the subjects we study in Materials Science.
You can find more detail about the undergraduate course content on our undergraduate admissions pages.
"Seeing is believing: How observing atoms in the electron microscope helps develop tomorrow's materials" - Professor Peter Nellist
"Superconductors and their interaction with magnetic fields" - Dr Clara Barker
An additional superconductivity video is available as part of Dr Clara Barker's YouTube channel.
PAT Problems with Helena & Kathryn
In a new video collaboration with the Department of Physics, our Access & Outreach Manager, Helena Cotterill, has teamed up with the Physics Access Officer, Dr Kathryn Boast, to take you through some Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) past paper problems to help you prepare for the admissions test in November.
Each week we will take a look at a new PAT problem (or two) and show you one posible way to solve the question, and share with you a few hints and tips along the way.
New videos are released every Thursday over the summer on the Department of Physics YouTube channel. You can watch all the videos so far on our playlist here.
Here's the first video in the series to get you started:
You can find more information about the Physics Aptitude Test on our admissions criteria page, and also on the Department of Physics website here.
Student Q&A Livestreams
As part of the University of Oxford Virtual Open Days this year we held two livestreamed Q&As with some of our ambassadors. You can watch the recordings of these sessions below or on our YouTube channel here. See below the video for a list of questions answered in each livestream.
LIVESTREAM #1 - 30TH JUNE
LIVESTREAM #2 - 1ST JULY
University of Oxford Virtual Open Days
During 2020 and 2021, the University of Oxford hosted Virtual Open Days, which included video content, live Q&A's, and more. You can explore the resources created for these Virtual Open Days using the tabs on this page.
For 2022, the University of Oxford Open Days returned to in-person events held in Oxford. You can find more information about the Open Days and the Materials Science timetable for these here.