Materials Science Open Days

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Students using a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

Oxford Materials Science Open Days

Applications are now open for our 2024 department 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: 13th & 14th February 2024

             12th & 13th March 2024

            ONLINE 16th February 2024

Where: Department of Materials, University of Oxford

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

At our annual Materials Science Open 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, 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
  • The chance to meet and speak to some of our current students

This year, we will be holding both in person Open Days (held at the Department of Materials in Oxford) and an online open day. Please be aware that places on the in person Open Days are very limited. We hope that those of you who do not get a place on one of the in person Open Days or who are unable to travel to Oxford for the day will be able to gain just as much by joining us for our online Open Day.

For an example of what the Open Days might look like, please take a look at the draft timetables below:


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

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.

As we are hosting both in person and online open days this year, the booking information is slightly different for the two types of event. Please see below for details.

If you have any questions, please email

In person Open Days - 13th & 14th Feb, 12th & 13th March 2024

Places are very limited so booking is essential. Each student wishing to attend an in person open day must complete the relevant application form linked below.

Before completing the form, please confirm with your teacher(s) that you have permission to attend the Open Day if the date of the Open Day falls during your school term-time - on the form we will be asking for the contact information of one of your teachers in order to confirm this. This is to ensure the attendance of all students we allocate places to since these events are usually oversubscribed.

As places are limited, we will limit the number of students from a single school to 6 on any one day. If more than 6 students from a single school register for places, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, whilst trying to maintain an even gender split of students where possible.

If you are a teacher wishing to bring a group of school students with you to attend one of our Open Days, please contact us by emailing to arrange this.

Students may attend with or without their teachers/parents.

If we are oversubscribed, priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

How to book: To register for one of the in person open days, please complete one of the following forms depending on which date you wish to attend:

13th & 14th February: (Deadline: 5pm 23rd January)

12th & 13th March: (Deadline: 5pm 20th February)

Online Open Day - 16th February 2024 

This event will take place online via a Zoom webinar. This webinar will have limited places, so booking is essential, and please only register for a place if you intend to join the event. In the event that this is oversubscribed, we will prioritise students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford

Students may book their place themselves, however if the online Open Day falls on a school day we ask that students obtain permission to join the event from their teacher(s). We expect each student to join the webinar on their own device.

How to book: To register for a place on the online open day, please complete this form: .

The deadline for submitting this form is 4pm Thursday 15th February 2023. We will email those registered full details of the event, including any joining links, by 6pm Thursday 15th February.