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Materials Science at Oxford

The University of Oxford offers an undergraduate course in Materials Science. The course is well-designed and tailored with the intention of imparting high standard education. The course covers the subject from its foundations in chemistry and physics to the electrical, mechanical, optical and magnetic properties of materials and the manufacture, design and applications of alloys, metals, polymers, ceramics, biomaterials and composites. The Materials Science Department at Oxford has an excellent laboratory and teaching facilities comprising a well-equipped library and a computer room for students.

Students attend a course in Materials Sciences on entrepreneurship in the Sad Business School where they are taught how to write a raise capital, business plan and start a company. Students may gain industrial experience through a voluntary summer placement. Students learn teamwork through team design project and enhance their presentation and IT skills. Students have an option to study a foreign language in the Language Centre or they may take an additional subject in another subject area.

The undergraduate degree in Materials Science at Oxford has the unique characteristic of an eight-month research project in the fourth year. in this research project, students join the research terms of a strongest Department of Materials in the UK and sometimes work in a well-known international university or an industrial laboratory. A broad range of assessment methods is used in the award of the degree: fifty percent of the degree categorization is determined by written exam papers, evaluated thesis and coursework based on fourth year research project and the rest is distributed to practical work. The Engineering Council accredited the degree at MEng level.

In the first year of the course, students may change to another degree course subject to the availability of space on the course and to the approval of the college. At the end of the first year, two or three students every year move to the Materials, Economics and Management (MEM) degree programme. Generally, transfer to MEM degree is not possible for students at Corpus Christi College.

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

Candidates are expected to have Mathematics and either Chemistry or Physics to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any academic equivalent. Some of the applicants are studying all three subjects to A2 or equivalent and for students who are not, it is advised that whichever of Chemistry or Physics is not studied to A2 level or equivalent is studied minimum AS-level, Standard Level and Scottish Higher level in the IB or any academic equivalent. Design, Further Mathematics and Technology may be useful to students in completing this course; however, they are not required for admission to the Materials Science course. For more information, students are advised to see the university website.

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