Information and Resources for Schools and Colleges

Information & Resources for Schools & Colleges


Outreach School Visit

The Department of Materials has a very active Access & Outreach team. Our main aims are:

  1. To raise public awareness of Materials Science as a scientific discipline.
  2. To make available all of the information students may require when contemplating applying to study Materials Science at Oxford.
  3. To make available teaching and learning resources that can be used by schools and colleges in the 14-19 education sector to increase the appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating developments in Materials Science.

Events & Programmes

Each year there are numerous events and activities for a range of students including Open Days, Masterclasses and Workshops, School Visits, Residential Courses, and our Making Materials Matter Student Programme & Teachers Conference.

Don't want to miss out on any of our events? Join our mailing list!

We have mailing lists for both prospective students and teachers where we send information about all the events and resources we offer as details are released - sign up to either of these by completing the forms linked below:

Information and Resources

Our Access and Outreach team have developed a selection of teaching and learning resources to introduce school students to key topics in Materials Science. These resources are currently being revised prior to publication on the website. Please contact us by emailing for more details.

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If you are thinking about studying Materials Science remember to look through our Admissions webpages and read our course brochure 'Studying Materials Science at Oxford University' which contains all the information we think you will need.

Students applying for Materials Science courses at Oxford are required to take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). For further details on this, please see the University Admissions website



Astrophoria Foundation Year

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The University of Oxford's Astrophoria Foundation Year is a 1 year programme for UK state school students with significant academic potential who have experienced severe personal disadvantage or disrupted education which has resulted in them being unable to meet the academic entry requirements for an Oxford undergraduate degree programme.

The programme is fully funded. Tuition and accommodation fees are covered by the University and students receive a non-repayable bursary for their living costs.

Motivated students will be able to reach their academic potential through this supportive and challenging academic course aimed at developing their skills, self-belief, and academic confidence. Students who pass their foundation year course at the required level can progress onto undergraduate study at Oxford without the need to reapply.

Materials Science is a participating subject in the Astrophoria Foundation Year, and you can find out more on our website, and the Astrophoria Foundation Year website.


The new cohort of Materials Undergraduates at Induction in October 2022