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University of Oxford

Materials Science

UCAS Code: FJ22
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

152

% applicants receiving offers

26%

Subjects
  • Materials science
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
Average graduate salary
£28k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*AA

The A* must be in Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. GCSE level Chemistry (or Double Science) is also required. It is highly desirable to have Chemistry to A-level, and if it is not studied to A-level it is strongly recommended that it is studied to AS-level. Most applicants are studying Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry to A-level. Further Mathematics and Design and Technology (Resistant Materials) can be helpful to students in completing this degree programme but are not required for admission. Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Highers
AAAAB-AAAAA

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA-AAB

Students with Scottish qualifications would usually be expected to have AAAAB or AAAAA in Scottish Highers, supplemented by two or more Advanced Highers. The University currently sets conditional offers that require AAB if a student is able to take three Advanced Highers; where this is not possible then a student would be expected to achieve AA in two Advanced Highers, as well as an A grade in an additional Higher course taken in Year 6.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
40

766 at Higher Level (including Mathematics and Physics, with 7 at HL in either Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry)

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

26%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modern society is heavily dependent on advanced materials: lightweight composites for faster vehicles, optical fibres for telecommunications and silicon microchips for the information revolution. Materials scientists study the relationships between the structure and properties of a material and how it is made. They also develop new materials and devise processes for manufacturing them. Materials Science is vital for developments in nanotechnology, quantum computing and nuclear fusion, as well as medical technologies such as bone replacement materials. This diverse programme spans the subject from its foundations in physics and chemistry to the mechanical, electrical, magnetic and optical properties of materials, and the design, manufacture and applications of metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites and biomaterials. This work is supported by excellent laboratory and teaching facilities. In a course taught partly by the Saïd Business School, the programme also offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of entrepreneurship (learning how to write a business plan, raise capital and start a company). There are also voluntary options to learn a language . The Oxford Materials degree includes the special feature in its fourth year of an eight-month full-time research project, when you join a research team here at Oxford in one of the strongest Departments of Materials in the UK or, occasionally, at an overseas university or in an industrial laboratory (additional costs may be associated with a project outside Oxford). Significant scientific publications sometimes result from these projects. You will learn how to break down a complex problem, design an experiment or model, manage a project and communicate your results. These research skills are transferable to many career paths and are valued highly by employers. The current MEng degree is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the UK Engineering Council,

Modules

Year 1: The structure of materials; properties of materials; transformation of materials during processing; general mathematics; option in physics, chemistry, biochemistry or earth sciences. Year 2: Structure and transformations; electronic properties; mechanical properties; engineering applications of materials. Year 3: Advanced specialist topics; industrial project; team design project. Year 4: Project; thesis.

University of Oxford

University spires

There's a reason why Oxford is the world's most famous university, and it's not because of the nice old buildings or pretty countryside. It's not even because we wrote the English dictionary. It's because you'll find here the best academics, widest range of resources and the finest cohort of fellow students anywhere in the world. Oxford students come from more than 140 countries.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
28%
72%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

17%
83%

Year 3

75%
25%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
80%
20%

Year 1

75%
25%

Year 2

75%
25%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

79%

Library resources are satisfactory

100%

Feedback on work has been helpful

79%

Feedback on work has been prompt

50%

Staff are good at explaining things

86%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
43% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
33% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
623 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £28k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

5%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

13%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject isn't very common for undergraduates – so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Most people studying in this fast-moving and often very specialist area take a first degree in another subject and then do a postgraduate course in materials science. Typically, materials students go on to postgraduate study, and so not many went into work in the UK last year. If you're interested specifically in polymers or textiles, then there is the option to study it as a degree on its own.
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