Welcome to the Oxford Materials Outreach (Schools Liaison) website. Our main aims are:
(a) To raise public awareness of Materials Science as a scientific discipline.
(b) To make available all of the information students may require when contemplating applying to study Materials Science at Oxford.
(c) To 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.

Course Brochure: Studying Materials Science at Oxford University

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 - 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
    17th - 29th 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" at six of the eight conferences.

  • Making Materials Matter Science Teachers Conference
    Friday 19th May 2017. The Ironmongers Hall, London. An exciting conference with opportunities to network with colleagues and learn more about the subject of Materials Science. The conference is funded by The Company of Ironmongers and concludes a 3 month KS3 materials science project run collaboratively by Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The day will include talks on Materials Science linked to the curriculum, discussion of the project going forward and mini presentations from students involved in the project. Resources to use in your secondary science teaching will be developed and discussed.
    Bookings will open in March. For further details contact Jayne Shaw

  • Headstart Residential Course
    Headstart "Focus on Materials" Course (19th - 23rd June 2017).
    An action-packed week hosted by the Department of Materials and Mansfield College. Applications open September/October and places are allocated and offers sent in March. Successful applicants will be notified directly by Headstart.

  • University Open Days
    The next University Open Days will be held on 28th and 29th June 2017, followed by a third on 15th September 2017. They are aimed at prospective students, but teachers and parents are very welcome to attend.

  • UNIQ Residential Course
    UNIQ "Materials Science" Course (30 July - 04 August 2017).
    UNIQ is a programme of free summer schools at Oxford University and is open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Applications open January with a deadline of late-February. Applicant decisions posted online early April.

  • Undergraduate Admissions Interviews - Hospitality
    Second or third week of December. 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.