The Department of Materials at Oxford
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 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (published in 2013 - 2020).
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'.
Oxford's M.Eng undergraduate degree in Materials Science
Read about Oxford's undergraduate degree in Materials Science, a four-year 'Integrated Masters' M.Eng programme, in our Course Brochure 'Studying Materials Science at Oxford University' (please note: a new edition of this brochure is in preparation) and in the Materials Science entry within the on-line University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus .
Printed copies of the brochure 'Studying Materials Science at Oxford University' can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Materials Science?
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.
If you want to know more about Materials Science at Oxford why not join one of our Virtual Open Days and/or have a look at the videos and other content available via our Virtual Outreach webpage.
Here is a photograph of our new intake of Materials undergraduates at Induction in 2019:
Finally have a look at the reports on recent Oxford Materials Annual Industrial Tours to exciting destinations worldwide.
An Outline of the Programme Content, Assessment and Key Progression Criteria for the M.Eng in Materials Science
(Please note that this outline is for illustrative purposes and that details may change from time to time. Year 4 of the programme is currently under review)
THE OXFORD M.ENG DEGREE PROGRAMME IN MATERIALS SCIENCE FOR ENTRANTS IN OCTOBER 2022 IS ACCREDITED BY THE INSTITUTE OF MATERIALS, MINERALS AND MINING (IOM3), ON BEHALF OF THE UK ENGINEERING COUNCIL, TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF CHARTERED ENGINEER STATUS.