Interviewee Hospitality

Interviewees are warmly invited to visit the Department while they are in Oxford for their interviews. 

Just come to reception in the Hume-Rothery building and a member of the Access and Outreach team will show you round or just feed you tea and biscuits.

Please note: interviews for 2021 will be taking place online and we will be offering some online hospitality during the interview period - more details coming soon!

Interviews for Materials Science

Interviews for undergraduate admissions to the Department of Materials are normally held in December and take place in our associated colleges. Most applicants will have two interviews, one at their first choice college and one at a different college, each lasting around 30-40 minutes.

Interviews for undergraduate admissions are normally spread over three days, Monday - Wednesday, in the third week of December.

2021 Interviews

Interviews taking place this December will be held online using Microsoft Teams. For Materials Science interviews, you will not need any additional technology.

You can find specific information and advice regarding online interviews here.

You can also find general advice for Oxford interviews on the 'General Interview Advice' tab above.

Please note that all undergraduate interviews will again be held online in 2021. You can find more guidance and advice specifically for online interviews here

In preparation for admissions interviews we suggest you download and read the booklet, Your guide to Oxford interviews, from publications produced by Oxford University Admissions.

Tutors carrying out interviews really want to find out how applicants can cope with questions about stuff they DON'T know (all the stuff applicants do know is already covered in their personal statement, references and exam grades/predictions). Important things to get across during an interview are:

  • an interest in the subject,
  • academic and mathematical ability,
  • and an ability to solve problems.

Do not be afraid to ask for help when stuck! See the interview if possible as a mock tutorial where the applicant works with the tutor/interviewer to come to an understanding of a difficult problem.

There is lots of advice on the various university websites, and a number of links to a selection of helpful information are given below.

There may be extra information on the college websites as well.