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

  • Undergraduate Admissions Interviews - Hospitality
    December 2016. Interviews for undergraduate applicants to Materials Science in Colleges.
    Drop-In hospitality at Holder Cafe for Interviewees; a chance to have a chat, a tour or just to chill out. Go to Materials Reception for details.

  • Hirsch Lecture 2017
    The 2017 Hirsch lecture will be given by Professor Steve Cowley FRS FREng, CEO of CCFE and President elect of Corpus Christi College will deliver the next Hirsch lecture on 20 January 2017, entitled "Materials Challenges for Advanced Nuclear Systems".

  • Department of Materials Open Days - 2017
    The next Department of Materials Open Days will be held on 28th, 29th March 2017 and 5th April 2017. These events are aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12. Booking is essential.

  • Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
    The weeks of 13th - 24th March 2017. 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.

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 2016. We had a fantastic response and we look forward to seeing even more in March 2017 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