Graduate Certificate in Materials Engineering

Enable industry’s material progress

Investment in the advanced materials market is expanding the world over—in the space industry, medical technologies, defence, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and more. Engineering professionals able to support materials innovation are in high demand.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate of Materials Engineering will equip you with high-level knowledge at the real-world interface between materials engineering, chemistry and physics.

The industry-driven content is delivered over six months full-time, through a flexible blend of online and intensive face-to-face learning; and if you’re currently employed full-time and looking to upskill, you can make the study fit you by taking courses individually or combined.

You will:

  • work in the University’s state-of-the-art engineering research labs
  • have access to cutting-edge on-campus research and development facilities
  • work alongside world-class materials engineering researchers—including from the University of Adelaide Centre for Materials in Energy and Catalysis, and the ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation.

You’ll also be able to take courses in your chosen specialisation: Energy; Quantum; or Optical.

Where could it take you?

You might work with industry partners to develop wide bandgap semiconductors for portable disinfection devices. You could help create a highly insulative, anticorrosive and hydrophobic coating for submarines. Perhaps you’ll synthesise a sustainable substitute for rare-earth elements in mobile phones. You may even wish to continue your studies in a materials engineering graduate diploma or master’s degree.

Limited Commonwealth Supported Places are available in Semester 1 and 2 2021 only. 
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  • Taught by our research-active staff and industry experts
  • Learn in our high-quality research facilities and specialist laboratories
  • Gain credit towards the Graduate Diploma in Material Engineering

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC090, 3GC590
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent in the field of Science, Engineering, Technology or related backgrounds with a minimum GPA of 4.5.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC090, 3GC590

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $19,500

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Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

National and global opportunities await materials engineering graduates. Your career may take you from  an office environment to the outdoors, a plant setting or a combination of these. You could contribute your expertise across a variety of areas including:

  • quantum materials that can be used in light emitting diodes (LED) and high energy diodes production
  • energy materials for energy generation and storage (e.g. Li-ion battery, solar-cell, fuel cell, hydrogen production)
  • new catalysts for process intensification
  • semiconductors and microelectronics (e.g. production of computer memory and central processing units, flat screen televisions)
  • optical materials for healthcare and medicine
  • management consulting (e.g. materials engineering business and financial consulting)
  • launch entrepreneurial endeavours in materials engineering.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Advanced Materials Engineer, Materials Engineer, Optics Materials Engineer, Defence Engineer, Quantum Materials Engineer

Degree Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Materials Engineering is a 12-unit program comprising 6 units of core courses, and 6 units of elective courses. 

International students from non-English speaking backgrounds will be required to take an English language communications course as part of the program.

The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff, facilities and sufficient enrolments.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Apr 2022