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

  • Department of Materials Open Days - March 2016. NOW FULLY BOOKED
    The next Department of Materials Open Days will be held on 15th, 16th and 22nd March 2016. These events are aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12. Booking is essential.

  • Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
    14th - 23rd March 2016. Find out what the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have to offer you at one of eight FREE Conferences. The conferences will cover: Courses available at Oxford and Cambridge; Applying to Oxford and Cambridge; Student life; Student finance and careers; Interviews.
    We offer a joint presentation on "Physics and Materials Science at Oxford". More details are available at the Oxbridge conference website.

  • Y10 Materials and Chemistry Day - Booking now open
    Thursday, 21st 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 (20th - 24th June 2016). Applications open October 2015. Places are allocated and offers sent by 24th February 2015. Successful applicants will be notified directly by Headstart.

  • University Open Days
    The next University Open Days will be held on 29th and 30th June 2016, followed by a third on 16th September 2016. They are aimed at prospective students, but teachers and parents are very welcome to attend.

  • UNIQ Residential Course
    UNIQ "Materials Science" Course (provisional dates 03-09 July 2016).
    Applications open January 2016 with a deadline of mid-February 2016. Applicant decisions posted online early April 2016.

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 2015. We had a fantastic response and we look forward to seeing even more in March 2016 at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, Aintree Racecourse (Merseyside), St James' Park in Newcastle, Epsom Downs Racecourse(Greater London). 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