Y10 Physics & Materials Day

14 Jan 2020 - 9:45am
Materials Science department
Reception (registration)
Schools (secondary)

An exciting opportunity for students enjoying physical sciences at GCSE and considering further studies in this area to find out about materials and physics at university. 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!

This event is open to high-achieving Year 10 students from UK schools who are considering studying Maths and Physics at A-level (or equivalent). Students should be on course to receive a minimum of 777 in triple award science/7-7 in double award science at GCSE, plus at least a 7 in Maths.

We request, where possible, that the gender split is 50:50.


Please request places by completing the registration form and emailing to kay.davies@materials.ox.ac.uk by Monday 25th November. We will contact you after the closing date to inform you if you have places.


The PDF Draft Programme gives an outline of the days activities. Since these events are very popular we ask you to limit the number of students from a single school to eight on any one day. If you are wanting to bring more students please contact the Schools Liaison Officer

For more information contact: 

Dr Kathryn Boast, Access Officer