Materials Science

visiting students

Prof. Steve Roberts giving a Materials Science tutorial

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
  • Nanomaterials
  • 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).

To discuss possibilities, please contact Professor Jonathan Yates (


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