Materials Science Open Days

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Students using a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)

Oxford Materials Science Open Days

Applications for our in-person 2023 Open Days are now closed.

Applications for our online open day on 17th February are still open!

What: Experience what it's like to study Materials Science at Oxford for the day!

Who: Prospective students in Year 11 & 12

When: 16th February, 14th & 15th March 2023

             ONLINE 17th February 2023

Where: Department of Materials, University of Oxford

*Booking essential - please see the 'booking information' tab above for more details*

At our annual Materials Science Open Days, you will get the chance to experience what studying Materials Science at Oxford is like. You will gain insight into the subject through taster lectures and workshop sessions, along with a feel for Oxford itself with tours of both the department and an Oxford college. 

The format of the day varies, 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 variety of on-going research activities
  • 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
  • Advice on how to apply to study Materials Science
  • The chance to meet and speak to some of our current students

This year, we will be holding both in person Open Days (held at the Department of Materials in Oxford) and an online open day. Please be aware that places on the in person Open Days are very limited. We hope that those of you who do not get a place on one of the in person Open Days or who are unable to travel to Oxford for the day will be able to gain just as much by joining us for our online Open Day.

For an example of what the Open Days might look like, please take a look at the draft timetables below:


Priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

Travel Instructions are available to help you plan your visit. Please note, there is no parking available at the Department of Materials.

Booking Information

The event is aimed at prospective students in Year 11 and Year 12.

As we are hosting both in person and online open days this year, the booking information is slightly different for the two types of event. Please see below for details.

If you have any questions, please email

In person Open Days - 16th February, 14th & 15th March

Places are very 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 by emailing if you want to enquire about bring more students. As the event may take place during term-time for schools, we ask that all bookings are completed by a teacher to ensure their agreement.

Pupils may attend with or without their teachers/parents.

Priority will be given to students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford.

How to book: Applications for the 2023 in person open days are now closed. Information about the 2024 open days will be added to this page once available.

Online Open Day - 17th February 2023

This event will take place online via a Zoom webinar. This webinar will have limited places, so booking is essential, and please only register for a place if you intend to join the event. In the event that this is oversubscribed, we will prioritise students from schools with little or no history of applications to Oxford

Students may book their place themselves, however if the online Open Day falls on a school day we ask that students obtain permission to join the event from their teacher(s). We expect each student to join the webinar on their own device.

How to book: To register for a place on the online Open Day, please complete this form. The deadline to complete this form is 4pm Thursday 16th February 2023. We will email those registered full details of the event, including any joining links, by 6pm Thursday 16th February.