Graduate Diploma in Materials Engineering

Accelerate 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 drive materials innovation are in high demand.

 

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma 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 12 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 as a graduate certificate.

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 make school lunches planet-friendly by developing biodegradable cling film. You could help create light, strong and cost-effective shipping containers to reduce global freight costs and fuel consumption. Perhaps you’ll develop an on-site fertilizer producing unit from sunlight, air, and water for local farmers. You may even wish to continue your studies in the Master of Materials Engineering.


  • Be mentored by our world-class researchers and industry experts
  • Learn in our high-quality research facilities and specialist laboratories
  • Gain credit towards the Master of Materials Engineering

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 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 a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD103
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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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: 3GD103

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000

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 Diploma in Materials Engineering is a 24-unit program comprising 12 units of core courses, and 12 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.

Example Study Plan

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Last updated: Friday, 22 Oct 2021