Materials Science

Trinity has one of the largest cohorts of Materials students – both undergraduate and postgraduate – in the University.

Trinity`s Materials students regularly win prestigious departmental prizes for their individual achievements and for teamwork. In 2020, 60% of Trinity’s students achieved a First Class in Materials Finals.

Materials Science is a four-year course. The syllabus is the same at every College. The University Department organises lectures and lab-based practicals; the College organises the small-group teaching (tutorials or classes), so your College tutors play a key role in your course. Our tutors welcome applications from students with strong skills in mathematics, physics and chemistry, and who are prepared for a demanding but rewarding schedule of work. You will need to show that you achieve high academic standards both independently and as part of a group.

Our students have tutorials with College tutors for the first three years of the undergraduate course, before undertaking a research project in the Department in their fourth year. In the first three years, students typically attend two tutorials a week: Materials ‘problem sheets’ are covered in detail, which allows students to develop a good understanding of the course material. The tutors set practice exams at the start of most terms so that students consolidate their learning and prepare for their university examinations. Our students achieve excellent results, and often win University and national prizes.

Optional courses in French and German are available for those wishing to improve their language skills. This allows students the option of working abroad for their fourth-year projects. Other students have recently undertaken research projects at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in industry, and at research laboratories in Oxford.


A Materials Science class at Trinity

Our 2018 Materials Science freshers in their first week at Trinity











Our tutors are all research scientists. Jan Czernuszka has a special interest in the processing and mechanical properties of biomedical and biological materials. Michael Moody works on Quantum Mechanics, Semi-conductors, and Electronic Structures. Susie Speller leads a research group specialising in superconducting materials and co-directs the new Centre for Applied Superconductivity. Trinity is located within close walking distance of the Department of Materials.

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Trinity and the Materials Department

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