Materials Science Open Days

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Students using a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

Oxford Materials Science Open Days

What: Experience what it's like to study Materials Science at Oxford for the day!

Who: Prospective students in Year 11 & 12

When: 15th & 24th February 2022 (in person)

             17th February (online)

Where: Department of Materials, University of Oxford

*Booking essential - please see the 'booking information' tab above for more details*

At our annual Materials Science Taster Days, you will get the chance to experience what studying Materials Science at Oxford is like. You will gain insight into the subject through taster lectures and workshop sessions, along with a feel for Oxford itself with tours of both the department and an Oxford college. 

The format of the day varies depending upon the commitments of staff, but a typical programme would have the following elements:

  • A welcome to the department and a brief introduction to Materials Science as a subject.
  • A talk from a senior lecturer about their work, often relating to cutting-edge research.
  • A tour of the department giving an idea of our facilities and showing the variety of on-going research activities.
  • A brief tour of one of the colleges.
  • A workshop looking at a variety of aspects of materials science that relate to the Science Curriculum.
  • Advice on how to apply to study Materials Science.

Priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

Please note that these taster days did not take place in 2021 due to the pandemic. 

Example resources from previous years: PDF Draft Programme  PDF Taster Day Poster

Travel Instructions are available to help you plan your visit. Please note, there is no parking available at the Department of Materials.

Booking Information

The event is aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12.

Places are limited so booking is essential, and we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to six on any one day. However, please contact us by emailing if you want to bring more students. As the event normally takes place during term-time for schools, we ask that all bookings are sent by the school to ensure their agreement.

Pupils may attend with or without their teachers/parents.

Priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

How to book

Book your place by filling out this registration form (available soon).  All schools will be notified whether they have a confirmed place after the registration deadline.