Admissions Interviews

Interviews for undergraduate admissions to the Department of Materials are normally held in the third week of December and take place in our associated colleges. Most applicants will have interviews at their first choice college and one other. We hope that applicants will find the information below helpful.

Interviews for undergraduate admissions are normally spread over three days, Monday - Wednesday, in the third week of December. Interviewees are warmly invited to visit the Department while they are in Oxford for their interviews. Just come to reception in the Hume-Rothery building and a member of the schools liaison team will show you round or just feed you tea and biscuits.

Interview hospitality invitation

The best thing applicants can do to prepare for admissions interviews is to download and read the booklet, Your guide to Oxford interviews, produced by Oxford University Admissions. Tutors carrying out interviews really want to find out how applicants can cope with questions about stuff they DON'T know. (All the stuff applicants do know is already covered in their personal statement, references and exam grades/predictions.) Important things to get across during an interview are an interest in the subject, academic and mathematical ability and an ability to solve problems. Do not be afraid to ask for help when stuck. See the interview if possible as a mock tutorial where the applicant works with the tutor/interviewer to come to an understanding of a difficult problem.

There is lots of advice on the various university websites, and a number of links to a selection of helpful information are given below.

Admissions Information

Examples, including video, of interview questions

Podcasts about interviews

Subject specific advice from Admissions

Materials Science Undergraduate Brochure

There may be extra information on the college websites as well.