Materials Science

Materials Science is an interdisciplinary subject, spanning the physics and chemistry of matter, engineering applications and industrial manufacturing processes. Modern society is heavily dependent on advanced materials, for example, lightweight composites for faster vehicles, optical fibres for telecommunications and silicon microchips for the information revolution. Materials scientists study the relationships between the structure and properties of a material and how it is made. They also develop new materials and devise processes for manufacturing them. Materials Science is vital for developments in nanotechnology, quantum computing, batteries and nuclear fusion, as well as medical technologies such as bone replacement materials. 

To find out more about Materials Science, you can watch the videos below and please visit the Department website

Materials Science at Oxford | Admissions Livestreams

Materials Science at Oxford

The 4-year MEng degree in Materials Science offers a diverse programme spanning the subject from its foundations in physics and chemistry to the mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of materials, and the design, manufacture, and applications of metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites, and biomaterials. This work is supported by excellent laboratory and teaching facilities.

The Oxford Materials degree has the special feature of an eight-month research project in the fourth year, when students join the research teams of one of the strongest departments of Materials in the UK, or sometimes work in a prestigious overseas university or an industrial laboratory.

Find out more about what it’s like to study Materials at Oxford by watching the videos below, or joining us for one of our Livestreams 

Welcome to the Department of Materials at Oxford

The Oxford Materials Course and Admissions Process

Reflections by a tutor and two students on the Oxford M.Eng in Materials Science and admissions process.

Sample Lecture

Professor Peter Nellist - Seeing is believing: How observing atoms in the electron microscope helps develop tomorrow's materials

Materials cohort with border

Our current second year Materials undergraduates at Induction in 2019


Watch the videos below to learn about the Materials Science course in more detail, and for more information on how to apply, including more about the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) and interviews.

You can find more detailed information about our admissions criteria on our website here.

Introduction and Course Overview

How to Apply and Career Prospects

Previous Livestreams

Missed our livestreams with student ambassadors from our July Virtual Open Days? Watch them again below.

30 June Student Q&A

1 July Student Q&A

Previous Livestreams

Missed the livestreams from the Virtual Open Day? Watch them below.

Livestream Q&A with current students

Friday 17th September 2021