Welcome to the Oxford Materials Outreach (Schools Liaison) website. Our three main aims are:
(a) To raise public awareness of Materials Science as a scientific discipline by providing information about academic and industrial applications of the subject and the many career opportunities it presents.
(b) To make available all of the information students may require when contemplating applying to study Materials Science at Oxford.
(c) To develop and make available teaching and learning resources that can be used by schools and colleges in the 14-19 education sector to increase the appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating developments in Materials Science today, and tomorrow!

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A new undergraduate recruitment pamphlet which summarises the information in the course brochure is available here.

Students applying for Materials Science courses at Oxford are required to take the Physics Aptitude Test.
For further details on this, please see the Admissions website
Sample papers can be seen at: PAT TEST

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Upcoming Events

  • Engineering, Maths and Physics Teacher Subject Day
    Jesus College, Oxford's Engineering, Mathematics and Physics tutors will be holding a Subject Day on Saturday 7th March, to allow teachers to find out about the courses offered at the University of Oxford and the admissions procedures. Subject Days also provide an opportunity to discuss any recent or forthcoming changes to content or teaching methods in schools or at university level, to exchange ideas and useful contacts, and to learn more about tutors' current research. Teachers attending this event from state schools will be able to claim travel expenses up to a maximum of £50 per person.


  • Department of Materials Open Days - March 2015
    The next Department of Materials Open Days will be held on 17th, 24th and 25th March 2015. These events are aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12. Booking is essential.


  • Y10 Materials and Chemistry Day
    Provisional date Thursday, 16th April. This is a collaborative event between the Departments of Materials Science and Chemistry. If you are in Yr 10 and interested in Science come along to Oxford University to find out more!
  • Headstart Residential Course
    Headstart "Focus on Materials" Course (22nd - 26th June 2015). Applications open September 2014. Places are allocated and offers sent by 24th February 2015. Successful applicants will be notified directly by Headstart.


  • UNIQ Residential Course
    UNIQ "Materials Science" Course (provisional dates 04-10 July 2015).
    Applications open 6th January 2015 with a deadline of 12th February 2015. Applicant decisions posted online on 10 April 2015.


Recent Events:

Hirsch Lecture 2013
A recording of the Hirsch lecture, given by Professor Mark Miodownik on Friday 18th January 2013, can be seen at 2013 Hirsch Lecture.

Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
Over 1500 sixth form students attended the joint Physics and Materials Science presentations at the Student Conferences held in March 2014. We had a fantastic response and we look forward to seeing even more in March 2015 at Newcastle, Haydock Park (North-West), Epsom Downs (Greater London), Swansea and Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. More details are available at the Oxbridge conference website.

Museum of the History of Science
Based in the original buildings of the Ashmolean museum, the Museum of the History of Science offers a range of activities and workshops suitable for all Key Stages in both science and History. For more information:- Museum of the History of Science

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