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Materials, Economics and Management at Oxford - Course Outline

First Year


Directly Examined:

  • Properties of materials
  • Structure of materials
  • Maths for materials and earth sciences
  • Transforming materials

Continual Assessment:

  • Crystallography classes
  • Practical work

Additional Elements:

  • IT skills
  • Engineering drawing classes
  • Career planning
  • Industrial visits
  • Foreign language option


First University exams
Four written papers, continual evaluation components equivalent to a fifth paper

Second and Third Year


Directly examined:

  • Mechanical properties
  • Structure and transformation of materials
  • Engineering applications of materials
  • Introductory economics
  • Electronic properties of materials
  • Introduction to management
  • Microeconomics

Continual assessment:

  • Industrial visits
  • Practical work
  • Team design project, evaluated by oral presentation and written report

Additional elements:

  • Mathematics
  • Industrial talks
  • Experimental error analysis
  • Essay writing skills
  • Communication skills


Final University exams, Part I
Seven written papers, continual evaluation components equivalent to a further 1.2 papers

Fourth Year

Directly Examined:

  • Option courses in materials
  • Management or Economics options: a range of options, comprising Accounting finance, Macroeconomics, Marketing and strategy and Econometrics

Continual Assessment:

  • Six-month management project, evaluated by written report

Additional Elements:

Careers events Industrial visits


Final University examns, Part II
Two written papers and continual evaluation component (project report) equivalent to a further two papers

Work Projects/Placements

The university encourages students to undertake a voluntary materials-oriented summer placement in research laboratory or industry. Recent locations for placement comprise Tokyo, Beijing, Boston, Colorado, Santa Barbara and various regions of the UK. The major element of the course is the six-month management project directly after the exams in the third year. Generally, this project is taken in industry guided by an academic tutor and an industrial supervisor.

A Weekly Timetable

During the first and second year, the course work is divided between lectures, practical exercises and tutorials. Generally, the work for each Materials class or tutorials is expected to take six-eight hours, often for the Management and Economics tutorials. The third year commences with a two-week design project and around ten lectures and tutorials/classes per week for the first two terms. After six months management project in the fourth year, students shall be attending about ten lectures and two classes or tutorials a week.

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 39 comprising core points (with minimum 7,6,6 at HL)
  • Or any other equivalent

The university expects that candidates to have Mathematics and either Chemistry or Physics to A-level, Higher level or Advanced higher in the IB or any academic equivalent. Most students are studying all three of these subjects to A2 or equivalent. Students who are not studying these subjects recommended that whichever of Chemistry and Physics is not studied to A2 level or equivalent is studied to at least AS-level, standard level and Scottish higher level in the IB or any equivalent. Technology, Design and Further Mathematics may be helpful to students in completing this course. However, these courses are not required for admission.

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