Y12 Physics & Materials Day

10 Dec 2019 - 9:45am
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Schools (secondary)

The Physics and Materials Science Departments collaborate to run the Year 12 Materials and Physics Taster Day. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects.

You will learn how physicists at Oxford gaze into the far reaches of the cosmos, address pressing questions about the Earth's climate and explore the strange world of quantum mechanics. There will be particular emphasis on ‘What is Material Science?’, showing how the interdisciplinary subject spans the physics and chemistry of matter, and explores the fascinating world of materials and their real world applications.

The day will highlight key ideas in both subjects areas with practical demonstrations including an investigation of materials used in aircraft design and using diffraction glasses which reveal a world of hidden rainbows.

To end the day we give an overview of the course at Oxford and discuss how to apply. We will also touch upon the many career options available to those with a degree in either subject.

Come along to find out more about studying the science of "stuff", both the fundamental and the applied, on scales ranging from the breadth of the universe to the most fundamental particles and everything in between!

If you are studying maths and physics at A level (or equivalent) and interested in Materials Science and Physics come along to Oxford University to find out more!

Bookings will be limited to 8 students per school. Priority will be given to schools with little or no history of sending students to Oxford.


Please request places by completing the registration form (attached at the top right of this page) and emailing to kay.davies@materials.ox.ac.uk by 12 noon on Monday 25th November. We will contact you after the closing date to inform you if you have places.


The draft programme gives an outline of the day's activities and can be found attached to the top right of this page (pdf).