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Our 2021 in-person Headstart course is postponed due the on-going Coronavirus situation, however, we will be participating in the online Insight into University course offered by the Engineering Development Trust -​


Course Dates

Course Aims

This course, held usually at the end of June/beginning of July, at the University of Cambridge is designed to give you an insight into Materials Science and a flavour of what life is like as an undergraduate here. You’ll be based in Churchill College but attend lectures and carry out practical work at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

What's it all about?

Materials Science is an interdisciplinary subject, which combines elements of physics, chemistry, engineering and even biology. We study how the properties of a material are affected by its structure and the way it has been processed, and the subject has applications in every aspect of our daily lives, from computer chips to prosthetics and from buildings to clean energy.

Materials Science at Cambridge forms part of the Natural Sciences Tripos which enables students to experience a wide range of subjects during their first two years of study.

What will I be doing?

Academic staff and students will introduce you to a range of Materials Science activities which will include:

  • lectures on a variety of topics, such as atomic structure, mechanical properties, semiconductors and biomedical materials
  • hands-on practical sessions where you will carry out experiments similar to those performed by undergraduates
  • team projects
  • admissions information

Would this course suit me?

If you would like a challenging and intensive Headstart course covering a range of Materials Science topics, then this is for you.

What do I need to be suitable?

A good understanding of maths and science will enable you to appreciate all aspects of Materials Science. To study for a Natural Sciences degree at Cambridge University requires the highest academic grades and a passionate interest in science – this Headstart course reflects these requirements.

Course dates:  Sunday, 28th June 2020 at 17.00 hrs to Thursday, 2nd July 2020at 09.30 hrs* (4 nights residential)
*Note: The official course business will finish around 09.30am on the 2nd July and it is expected that you will then go on to the Cambridge Open Day (which you must register for yourself -  Your parent/carer may join you for the Open Day visit.