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.
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:
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.
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.
Even though we unfortunately can't welcome you to the department in person this year, we are pleased to be taking part in this year's University of Oxford Virtual Open Days!
The final virtual open day of the year will be taking place on Friday 17th September 2021. You can register here to receive more details about the day in the run up to the event.
Join us on the day to learn more about Materials at Oxford, and for your chance to ask your questions live to tutors, current students, and the outreach team. You can catch up with the material from this year's summer open days on the other tabs on this page, or by visiting the Materials Science Virtual Open Day page here.
The Q&As will go live on the above webpage on the day. Check back soon for our open day timetable. We hope to see you there!