Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering (Honours)

UNSW Sydney

This program allows students to specialise in one of five areas: physical metallurgy, process metallurgy, functional materials, materials engineering or ceramic engineering. Materials science is the underlying science of high-performance materials including metals, ceramics and plastics, electronic materials, nano-materials composites and bio-materials. Everything we use is made of materials, yet only a handful of these materials actually occur naturally. All the rest have been microscopically engineered - originally by nature, but increasingly by materials engineers/scientists. Materials scientists are involved in every aspect of technology, ranging from the design of materials for use in integrated circuits and medical implants, through to materials needed for green energy generation.

Course Fee:

International: $208,370

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics Recommended Knowledge: Mathematics Extension 2, Chemistry and Engineering Studies are recommended but not required


The first year of the program lays a strong foundation in mathematics, chemistry and physics. Second year moves deeper into materials science through courses in fundamental properties and structures of materials as well as aspects of engineering design, application and selection of materials. In third and fourth year the study of materials properties and practical evaluation allows greater specialisation through technical and professional electives. Electives vary with the selected study plan and include Ceramics, Functional Materials, Materials Engineering, Physical Metallurgy or Process Metallurgy. Fourth year students have the opportunity to concentrate on a research project sharpening experimental and analytical skills. The program includes lectures, practical hands-on laboratory work, research and design projects. It also includes components of professional communication, management aspects of business and industrial training.

Subjects you can Study:

Engineering-ceramic engineering; Engineering-functional materials; Engineering-materials engineering; Engineering-physical metallurgy; Engineering-process metallurgy

Further information:

Materials Science can also be studied as a major within the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), Bachelor of Science (International) and Bachelor of Science and Business. Dual Degrees: This degree can be combined with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Commerce or a Masters of Biomedical Engineering.


This program is accredited with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00098G

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Materials Engineer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Kensington 85 Yes Full time 4 years
Kensington 85 Yes Part time
The University of New South Wales is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world and is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight - a coalition of Australia's leading research intensive universities. par par The main campus is located in Kensington, seven kilometres from Sydney CBD and a short walk from Coogee Beach. Other campuses are UNSW Art and Design in the suburb of Paddington and UNSW Canberra at ADFA.

Provider CRICOS: 00098G

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