Materials Engineering

Create and enhance the materials underpinning our devices now and into the future, with a materials engineering degree at Australia’s top university for engineering and technology.*

Develop expertise in nanotechnology, energy materials and biomaterials. Gain insight into the processing-structure-property relationships of a range of materials, such as metals, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials and composites.

Be guided by world leading materials engineering academics in biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanomaterials, polymers, ceramics, materials modelling and characterisation. Access world-class facilities, including our Materials Characterisation and Fabrication platform.


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How to study materials engineering at Melbourne

Our educational model is an Australian first, aligned with the top international universities. We designed it to help graduates develop the flexible mindset and strong technical skills required to solve future challenges and make a difference on a global scale.

You start with an undergraduate degree, focusing on engineering from day one, while also exploring subjects outside your discipline to develop a breadth of skills that will set you apart in the workplace.

To become a professional engineer, you will complete the Master of Engineering.**

University of Melbourne pathway

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Start with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in chemical systems. Undertake an additional 25 points of core subjects. (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Materials) to become a professional engineer. (2 years)

Other undergraduate degree

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution (must have completed relevant maths, science and English language requirements). (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Materials) to become a professional engineer. (2–3 years)


Your graduate outcomes

Materials engineers are in high demand, with job opportunities available in a diverse range of industries including:

Industries Companies Job roles
Industrial design
Processing and recycling
Material design – aerospace, automotive, solar, tissue engineering,
Electronic and magnetic devices
BlueScope Steel
Defence Science and Technology Group
Morgan Advanced Ceramics
Adhesive Scientist
Corrosion Engineer
Plastics Engineer
Quality Control Engineer

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
** The Master of Engineering (Materials) is a new course launched in 2018. Provisional accreditation is being sought through Engineers Australia.