Chemistry, Engineering and Materials Science

Are you a student from the UK interested in studying Chemistry, Engineering Science or Materials Science but your personal or educational circumstances have meant you are unlikely to achieve the grades typically required for Oxford courses? If so, then choosing to apply for your course with a Foundation Year might be the right option for you.

There are up to 12 places available on this course. Typical A-level entry requirements are AAB. We do accept other types of qualifications and further information about academic entry requirements is available on the University of Oxford website.

Hear from an Engineering student

Jonathan took part in the pilot foundation year programme at Lady Margaret Hall and is now an Engineering undergraduate at Oxford.

Hear what he has to say about studying a foundation year at the University of Oxford.


What will my week look like?

You will attend around five hours of classes per week, participate in regular meetings with tutors to discuss work, carry out independent research and participate in laboratory work. In your final term you will complete a mini project on a subject related topic of your choice, deepening your subject interest and building your skills in independent study.

Find out more about the course structure.

Oxford's facilities for studying and exploring science are amongst the best equipped and most advanced in the UK. Students can take advantage of the enormous range of laboratories and research equipment available. The University of Oxford has invested over £400 million over the past ten years into its science facilities and infrastructure.

Oxford is home to the History of Science Museum and the Museum of Natural History.

Oxford's alumni include many famous scientists and engineers. See a list of some of the most famous Oxonians.

There are also a number of student science societies you can join including: Chemistry and Biochemistry Society; Bioengineering Society; Biochemical Society; Biotechnology Society; Engineers Without Borders; Materials Society; Physics Society; Technology and Innovation Association; Women in Engineering, Science and Technology.



Go beyond what is covered in the classroom with Oxplore. Look at big questions that tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects, and engage in the kind of critical thinking students undertake at university.

Are explosions always destructive?   Could time travel ever be possible?   Are humans ruining the earth?

Ask the CEMS Course Lead and Chemistry Subject Lead a question


Subject pathways

UCAS code: H81F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics
UCAS code: H80F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics
UCAS code: F10F
Subject requirements: Maths and Chemistry
UCAS code: H20F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics
UCAS code: H62F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics
UCAS code: H10F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics
UCAS code: H63F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics
UCAS code: FJ2F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics
UCAS code: H30F
Subject requirements: Maths and Physics