Engineering Development Trust
Engineering Development Trust
Year 12 Headstart STEM course at University of Oxford. This 5 day residential summer school, it will give students a taster of Material Science at Engineering Development Trust

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Headstart Course at University of Oxford

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Year 12 Headstart STEM course at University of Oxford. This 5 day residential summer school, it will give students a taster of Material Science

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Material Science at Oxford


"I had a fantastic time! I especially enjoyed the challenging level of the lectures and the open-ended nature of the lab practical, alongside the independence we were given during free time. It truly embodied 'work hard, play hard'."

This course at the University of Oxford aims to give an insight into Materials Science, or Materials Engineering as it is also known.

What’s it all about?

Materials Science is a vast interdisciplinary subject, which frequently unites researchers from different physical and engineering sciences but can also involve the Life and Medical Sciences. Essentially, Materials Scientists bring together and utilise the science developed by physicists, chemists and engineers, making it possible to improve and develop new materials for everything we use in our lives, from prosthetics to buildings, from transport to communications, from sport to defence.

What will I be doing?

Some exciting, hands-on activities and visits, which will include:
• Stay in one of Oxford University’s Colleges
• Attend lectures covering a range of Materials topics
• Tackle a range of problems often presented to our undergraduates
• Participate in laboratory sessions aimed not only at giving a general idea about Materials Science, but also conduct experiments similar to those performed by undergraduates
• Visit one of the UK's major centres of research, where scientists from across the world use nuclear fusion, neutron beam or synchrotron light source to carry out experiments of international importance
• Participate in a group-based competitive project aimed at simulating the commercial aspects of scientific research

Would this course suit me?

If you are interested in any of the following areas, and others, then this course is for you:

• Aeronautical – designing materials for aerospace uses, e.g. jet engine turbine blades
• Biomedical – can we make a bone analogue material to coat metal implants and one day produce replacement organs for transplant?
• Ceramics – superconducting materials and body armour
• Electron Microscopy – using and developing a range of techniques to better understand the structure and properties of materials, e.g. scanning EM, transmission EM
• Entrepreneurship – how scientists become businessmen to market their own discoveries
• Nano Technology – engineering at the atomic level
• Polymers – applications of conductive polymers to produce cheap polymer photovoltaic cells.

What do I need to be suitable?

A good understanding of maths, physics and chemistry will enable you to appreciate all aspects of materials science. In addition, entry to degree programmes at Oxford University is highly competitive and requires a very strong academic track record and this is reflected in applications to this Headstart course.

There is a fee to attend this course, but some bursaries are available.

Applications need to be made by students

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)
Individuals (Enquiry not required to be through a school)


5-7 Days

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Institution Profile:

EDT (Engineering Development Trust), offer young people active
learning experiences in STE(A)M related careers, giving them the
opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure that will help them make
decisions about their future.

EDT is a dedicated, nationwide charity with over 30 years of experience.
Our team work with over 1,300 schools and educational institutions to
deliver more than 40,000 STE(A)M experiences each year.

Our summer school university taster programmes allow students to
experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects at
various universities around the UK to find out more about these exciting
career options.

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