Confirmation Letter

Please use this form if you require confirmation that you are a current student, or if you require confirmation of the dates that you were a student at St Catherine's and your degree result if you have completed your degree.

If you require a breakdown of your marks, please use the transcript request form (this will also confirm the date you attended and your degree result).

What is so special about studying Materials Science at St. Catherine’s College?

Duncan | 3rd year Materials Science undergraduate

"The course material is initially delivered through lectures – around 12 hours of these per week – by senior faculty members who are all active researchers and leaders in the field. This material is supported by practical classes – around 6 hours hands on per fortnight in the first two years – and each is written up in report form. In the second year there is the opportunity to learn how to produce a business plan or to study a supplementary subject or language. In the third year you have a choice of study options; and you will complete a Team Design Project as well as an extended practical project in modelling or characterisation. Finally, the 4th year is, for me, a real crowning jewel of the course in Oxford – in this year you complete an 8 month research project with a research group in the Department (or overseas) and write up a thesis – this is a great opportunity to really focus on something interesting.

Tutorials – which are arranged within your individual college – are the centre point of your learning in the first 3 years and you will have 2 or 3 per week. For each tutorial you will have to complete some task – usually a problem set, sometimes an essay or a presentation – which is handed in to the tutor one or two days in advance for it to be marked. A problem set can be pretty tough and always requires you to revisit your lecture notes and do some more reading.

In the tutorial itself you meet with your tutor for that particular subject, usually in a pair, for around 1 hour. During that time you will receive feedback on the work you submitted, learn where you have not understood material fully, ask any questions you have from the problems or wider reading, and be pushed beyond what you know with discussions right up to the leading edge of the field. This is a fantastic opportunity and is what makes Oxford learning special. You will have many tutors and each will be knowledgeable in the specific subject for which they teach you.

Through so much intimate teaching you build really strong relationships with your tutors and learn a huge amount directly from their expertise. At St. Catherine’s this extends to a really closely knit group of students and tutors in Materials Science which is something we are all very pleased to be part of. Materials Science students at St. Catherine’s come from all over the world – currently including the UK, Portugal, Holland, Singapore, Malaysia, and China – and many different backgrounds. We come from state schools, independent school, and international schools – here that background does not matter.

St. Catherine’s Materials undergraduates are involved in the wider student community in many different ways and, in 2012-13, include: vice-president of the Engineering Society, president of the Portuguese Society, treasurer of the Materials Society (also founded from St. Catherine’s), and president of the Octopush (underwater hockey) club. Many students are also involved in college sports and other activities.

Materials Science undergraduates at St. Catherine’s consistently perform very well, which we are very proud of. In 2012, the following University awards all went to students from St. Catherine’s: best performance in Part I and Part II combined; best performance in Part I; best performance in MEM; best performance in the Preliminary Examinations; and best 3rd year team design project."

Geneviève Helleringer

MSc ESSEC, MSc Oxf, Maîtrise, Doctorat Paris I, Maîtrise Paris II, MSc Sciences Po, JD Columbia


I tutor in Roman Law, Contract Law and Company Law and also lecture in French Law and Legal Methods. 

About me

I was elected a Fellow by Special Election in Law in 2013. I was previously a JRF at St Catherine's. I am an associate professor at Essec Business School Paris-Singapore.

Every year I organise the Oxford French Law Moot Competition, convening teams from jurisdictions accross Europe and Americas. I also convene the Oxford Franco-British Annual Arbitration, Mediation and ADR Symposium.

In college, I convene the Visiting Fellows Lecture series. At the Law Faculty I am senior member of the Empirical Legal Studies Discussion Group.

I hold a JD from Columbia University (1999), an MSc in legal sociology from Paris II Panthéon Assas University (2009), as well as an MSc and a doctorate in private law from the Sorbonne University (2010) (receiving three national prizes for her doctoral thesis, including the French Academy Grand Prize). I am admitted to the New York and the Paris Bars. I studied maths, philosophy and literature, as an undergraduate, and economics and social sciences later at Essec Business School and Sciences-Po Paris, as well as experimental psychology at a graduate level at Oxford University.

Before completing my doctoral work, I worked for Shiseido in Japan and practised corporate law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York and Paris (2000-2006).

Once a gymnast in French national team, I now relax through gardening, piano-playing, and yoga.


My research focuses on contract, corporate and financial law and alternative dispute resolution, and draws on insights from economics, sociology and psychology. I have written, edited, or contributed to numerous books and articles. I am an executive editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation (Oxford University Press) and editorial board member of the Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation book series (Springer).

I have been a regular visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg.

I have recently engaged in an empirical study of private regulation of disputes. My main focus is on the conflict of interests deriving thereof, in commercial arbitration as well as corporate and financial market disputes. In this endeavour, I am namely relying on findings from behavioural studies. In 2013 I was awarded a Leverhulme Trust early career fellowship. 

Fellow by Special Election in Law (M17-H18)
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow (M17-H18)
College Lecturer in Law (T18)

Gordon Gancz

BM BCh, MA Oxf

About me

I was the College Doctor for St Catherine's and four other colleges from 1976 until I retired in 2014.  I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care Medicine teaching in Corpus Christi College and Lincoln College.  I also teach 5th year clinical students from the Clinical Medical School.

I was an undergraduate at Pembroke College and a clinical student in the Oxford Hospitals.  After qualification I did research in Obstetrics and then moved into General Practice.

I have been a Tutor since 1976 and was instrumental in setting up the University Counselling Service and the Welfare systems in colleges.

Udo Oppermann

BSc, MSc, PhD Philipps Marburg
Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Andreas Muench

MA Oxf, Dr phil, Dipl TU Munich


I teach undergraduates in Mathematics in particular in the applied topics.

About me

Before my move to the UK I was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship and a Habilitation Fellowship by the German Research Foundation.  I am an alumnus of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.


My research combines mathematical modelling with asymptotic as well as numerical methods, such as spectral methods, finite elements and finite differences. I also work on stability analysis and solutions of conservation laws associated with high-order partial differential equations. My fields of application cover problems in fluid and solid mechanics, in particular many coating problems ranging from Marangoni driven flows to problems in nano- and micro-fluidics, and from problems with non-Newtonian rheology to the self-assembly of solid nano-structured thin films.  Through my long-term industrial contracts I have also worked on modelling and the numerical simulation of flows of charged particles in an ionic carrier liquid.

The fundamental interest in micro- and nano-scale phenomena as well as the increasing importance of applications of nanomaterials in particular in the energy sector has focused my recent research on topics such as nanostructuring of evaporative polymer blends and infiltration of nano-porous media for the optimisation of organic solar cells.

Graduate supervision

I supervise DPhil students and am happy to talk to prospective DPhil students in Applied Mathematics.



Fellow and Tutor in Mathematics
Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics
Deputy Director of OCIAM

Angela Brueggemann

BSc St Olaf, MSc Iowa, DPhil Oxf


I teach undergraduates on the Biology degree course and the Biomedical Sciences degree course in topics related to infectious diseases, molecular biology and genomics.

About me

I have been at Oxford since 2000 – initially for my DPhil, followed by a senior research fellowship and then a departmental lectureship, which brought me to St Catherine’s in 2006.  I am currently a research fellow funded by the Wellcome Trust in the Nuffield Department of Medicine.  My research group and I are based in the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research.


The main focus of my research is the pneumococcus, a bacterium that is a major cause of diseases such as otitis media, pneumonia and meningitis worldwide.  My current research involves using genomics to understand pneumococcal evolution, especially changes related to antimicrobial and vaccine selective pressures.

Graduate supervision

I supervise DPhil students and am happy to speak to prospective students.


Wyres KL, van Tonder, A, Lambertsen LM, Hakenbeck R, Parkhill J, Bentley SD, Brueggemann AB.Evidence of antimicrobial resistance-conferring genetic elements among pneumococci isolated prior to 1974. BMC Genomics 2013; 14:500. [PMCID:PMC3726389]

Wyres KL, Lambertsen LM, Croucher NJ, McGee L, von Gottberg A, Linares J, Jacobs MR, Kristinsson KG, Beall BW, Klugman KP, Parkhill J, Hakenbeck R, Bentley SD, Brueggemann AB.Pneumococcal capsular switching: an historical perspective.J Infect Dis 2012; 207:439-49. [PMCID pending]

Wyres KL, Lambertsen LM, Croucher NJ, McGee L, von Gottberg A, Linares J, Jacobs MR, Kristinsson KG, Beall BW, Klugman KP, Parkhill J, Hakenbeck R, Bentley SD, Brueggemann AB.The multidrug-resistant PMEN1 pneumococcus is a paradigm for genetic success.Genome Biol 2012;13:R103. [PMCID:PMC3580495]

Golubchik, T*/Brueggemann, AB*, Street, TL, Gertz, Jr, RE, Spencer, C, Ho, T, Giannoulatou, E, Link-Gelles, R, Harding, R, Beall, B, Peto, TEA, Moore, MR, Donnelly, P**, Crook, D**, Bowden, R**.Genomic sequencing for bacterial epidemiology: tracking a successful vaccine escape variant formed through a multi-fragment recombination event.Nature Genetics 2012;44:352–355; *co-first authors; **co-senior authors. [PMCID:PMC3303117]

Beall, BW, Gertz, Jr, RE, Whitney, CG, Moore, MR and Brueggemann, AB.The shifting genetic structure of invasive serotype 19A pneumococci in the United States.J Infect Dis 2011;203(10):1360-8. [PMCID:PMC3080895]


Fellow by Special Election in Biological Sciences
Associate Professor & Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow

Karl Sternberg

MA Oxf
Fellow by Special Election


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