Open Days

Details are included here of the various Open Days hosted by the Department

Department of Materials Open Days

In response to demand over the last few years, the Department of Materials hosts our own separate departmental open days in March. Department Open Days for 2017 are: 28th, 29th March 2017 and 5th April 2017. For those who are unable to get to the Department, we will also be represented at the Oxbridge Regional Student Conferences taking place around the country, also in March.

The event is aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12, but teachers and parents are very welcome to attend. Places are limited so booking is essential, and we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to six on any one day. However, please contact us if you want to bring more students. As the event takes place during term-time for schools, we ask that all bookings are sent by the school to ensure their agreement.

The format of the day varies depending upon the commitments of staff but a typical programme would have the following elements:
  • A welcome to the department and a brief introduction to Materials Science as a subject.
  • A talk from a senior lecturer about their work, often relating to cutting-edge research.
  • A tour of the department giving an idea of our facilities and showing the scope and variety of the research being carried out.
  • A brief tour of one of the colleges.
  • A workshop looking at a variety of aspects of materials science that relate to the Science Curriculum.
  • A talk given by a guest speaker from industry.
  • Advice on how to apply to study Materials Science.
Updated details for the 2017 Open days will be posted out to schools in January/February 2017

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Schools wishing to attend a Mechanical Properties Masterclass / Materials Workshop later in the year should contact the Schools Liaison Officer.

Oxford University Open Days

The University and most colleges also offer 3 full Open Days which allow prospective students to visit a number of different departments and colleges on the one day; two consecutive days at the end of June/beginning of July and a third in September. Dates for 2017 are: Wednesday 28th June, Thursday 29th June and Friday 15th September.

The University sends further details of these events to schools/colleges by the beginning of the summer term. Prospective science students are encouraged to attend these events either on their own or with their school/college.

As a science student you will find that a large proportion of your teaching takes place in the science departments and we hope that you will use the opportunity provided by the open days to look round all the departments which interest you. Many of the colleges will also be holding open days on these dates and visitors may find it helpful to coordinate a visit to a college open day with a visit to the science departments. If you want to participate in a college open day, you will need to book in advance directly with the college.

During the University Open Days the Department of Materials offers an opportunity to look around the department to see some of the teaching and research facilities. There is also an opportunity to discuss the work of the department and to find out what is involved in applying to study with us. A more formal presentation on Materials Science, studying at Oxford and application procedures is given in the morning.

More information about these Open Days is available at