Materials science at Oxford is a four-year course, structured as follows:
Part 1 (three years)
Years 1 & 2: Lecture courses on “core” topics: Structure of materials, Properties of materials and Transforming materials, with associated practical classes.
Year 3: Lecture courses on a variety of options, including:
- Prediction of Materials’ Properties
- Engineering Ceramics: Synthesis & Properties
- Strength & Failure of Metals & Alloys
- Materials and Devices for Optics & Optoelectronics
- Devices, Memory & Storage
- Advanced Engineering Alloys & Composites: Design & Applications
- Advanced Manufacture with Metals & Alloys: Processing, Joining & Shaping
- Biomaterials and Natural Materials
- Advanced Polymers
- Materials for Energy Production, Distribution & Storage
See Handbooks for further information.
Part 2 (one year)
This comprises a 9-month project performing original research, normally in one of the Materials Department’s research groups (see Research Groups). Projects start in early September and finish in mid-June, and are assessed on the basis of a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.
Prospective visiting students may wish to consider taking a selection of courses from Part 1, or in undertaking a Part 2 project (possibly of reduced duration).
- Biomedical Sciences
- Comparative Literature
- Earth Sciences (Geology)
- English Language and Literature
- Film Studies
- French Language and Literature
- Materials Science
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