Everything we use is made of materials, yet only a handful of these materials occur naturally. All the rest have been microscopically engineered – originally by nature, but increasingly by materials engineers/scientists.

Materials Science is the foundation for creating high-performance materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. This degree teaches you theoretical and practical skills that will put you at the forefront of innovation in developing materials that are lighter, greener and stronger. Your studies begin with a strong foundation in mathematics, chemistry and physics before delving deeper through courses in fundamental properties, structures of materials, aspects of engineering design, application and selection of materials. You will become more specialised in the later stages of the degree through electives, practicals and the Honours research project. Electives include ceramic engineering, materials engineering, physical metallurgy and process metallurgy.

Program Code


UAC Code




Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments



  • Materials Science

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Inventor
  • Materials scientist
  • Metallurgist
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Product analyst/developer
  • Formulation chemist
  • Market researcher/analyst

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

Engineers Australia

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1; Physics

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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