Masterclasses

Details are included here of Masterclasses/Workshops offered by the Department. As well as collaborative workshops with other departments in the University, we run our own specific Materials Science events. Workshops/Masterclasses investigating mechanical properties of materials and dye-sensitised solar cells are offered, either hosted at the Department or taken out to schools. Please contact the Schools Liaison Officer for more details

Physics and Materials Science Days

The Physics and Materials Science Departments collaborate on day workshops aimed at either Y10 of Y12 students. This is a fun-filled yet instructive Activity Day hosted by the Departments of Physics and Materials at Oxford University. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects. If you are interested in Materials Science and Physics come along to Oxford University to find out more! Bookings will be limited to 8 students per school. Priority will be given to schools with little or no history of sending students to Oxford.

Physics and Materials Science Days Flyer
Typical Programme for the Day
Lab Safety Regulations

Materials Science and Chemistry Days

The Materials Science Department also collaborates with the Chemistry Department on a number of masterclasses and workshops. In different years they may be targeted at Y8, Y9, Y10 and/or Y12 students. They will typically involve stimulating lectures followed by practical activities in both disciplines. If you are interested in Materials Science and Chemistry and are also studying other science subjects including Physics and Maths, come along to Oxford University to find out more! Bookings will be limited to 12 students per school and places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Materials Science and Chemistry Days Flyer
Typical Programme for the Day
Lab Safety Regulations


Materials Science Pupil Workshop

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This is a series of demonstrations/practicals "cut down" from class experiments and investigations. The session lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours and is suitable for all ages (Year 9 to Year 12). Topics covered in the masterclass vary, but would normally include:
  • Superconductivity
  • Polymer viscosity
  • Shape Memory Alloys
  • Electrochemical cells
  • Glass Transition
  • Dye-sensitised Solar Cells

Photovoltaic Cells Masterclass

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This is suitable for KS4 and A-Level students and aims to extend their understanding of methods of energy capture. It involves an investigation of Dye-Sensitised Solar Technology (DSST) using Graetzel cells. Different dyes are used to capture light energy and convert this into electricity. A uv spectrometer may be used for further analysis. This session can last for 1-3 hours depending on the depth required.

Mechanical Properties Masterclass

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This is specifically targeted at AS/A2 students and aims to extend their understanding of the physical properties of metals. It involves an investigation of the effect of increasing carbon content on the properties of carbon steel (stress-strain diagrams, yield, strength, hardness, ductility and microstructure). To get the most out of this event it is better if some background work is carried out in school prior to the visit, but information about this can be provided on request. This session lasts for 2-3 hours.











For more information about masterclasses and how to book them, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer.