Materials Science

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A 4-year course which teaches solid state science, with aspects of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. The 4th year is a standalone research project, which allows you to trial a research environment.

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Materials Science.


Overview πŸ”— A good overview of the course with an outline of its structure, entry requirements, and more.

Faculty website πŸ”— This contains a more detailed view of topics covered throughout the degree, as well as contact information for admissions. The most important resource here is the course guide πŸ”— 🌟, which which gives a general overview of what studying Materials Science at Oxford is like.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Oxford Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Materials Science student is like, compared to official materials.

More things to explore

'What is Materials Science?' video πŸ”— 🌟 This video highlights what Materials Science actually is, and where it is used.

Student-written guide πŸ”— One Materials Science graduate from Oxford has written about his recent experience. It is more opinionated than some other guides. (Be aware, the exact course may have changed from the time of writing!)

Application Resources

Reading List πŸ”— 🌟 Suggested reading from the Materials Science department - there’s no need to read them all, but finding one or two you like may be useful.

Physics Admissions Test (PAT) information πŸ”— 🌟 If you are applying for Materials Science or related courses (Physics, Physics and Philosophy, or Engineering) you will have to take the PAT. This webpage has information about the content of the test, how to register, and has lots of practice materials. Information from the Department of Physics can be found here πŸ”—.

More PAT resources πŸ”— This website contains some past Physics Admissions Test (PAT) papers and solutions. More example questions are available on the Physics and Maths Tutor website πŸ”—.

Preparing for the PAT πŸ”— This page is dedicated to learning how to prepare for the PAT.

Interview experience YouTube video πŸ”— Rebecca Wang kindly shared her Materials Science interview experience on YouTube. Interviews can be a strange thing to understand at first, and Rebecca’s insight could be useful.

InsideUni Materials Science interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!