Master of Materials Engineering

Lead 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. Experts with the advanced capabilities to lead discoveries in materials engineering are in high demand.

What will you do?

Our Master of Materials Engineering will equip you with high-level knowledge—and practical research skills—in emerging materials engineering disciplines.

The industry-driven content is delivered over two years 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 diploma or 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
  • be mentored by 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 specialist courses in your chosen major: Energy; Quantum; or Optical. And you’ll apply and expand your learning through a major research project supervised by leading Adelaide engineers and scientists.

Where could it take you?

You could enable smaller, more energy dense batteries. You might allow creation of a high-agility suit for more productive spacewalks. Perhaps your innovation will lead to the conversion of sunlight into transportable fuels to power our cars and society. You may even wish to continue your studies in a materials engineering PhD.

  • Undertake a major research project supervised by world-class academic staff
  • Learn in our high-quality research facilities and specialist laboratories
  • Take specialist courses in your chosen major: Energy; Quantum; or Optical

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 3CM215
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and 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: 3CM215

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $41,000

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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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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
  • advanced materials for energy generation and storage (e.g. Li-ion battery, solar-cell, fuel cell, hydrogen production)
  • new catalysts for process intensification (e.g. ammonia production, carbon dioxide reduction, hydrogen generation)
  • semiconductors and microelectronics (e.g. production of computer memory and central processing units, flat screen televisions)
  • optical materials for healthcare and medicine (diagnostics and phototherapies)
  • 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, Optics Materials Engineer, Composites Engineer, Quantum Materials Engineer, Energy Engineer, Semiconductor Processing Engineer, Material Scientist, Materials Engineer

Degree Structure

The Master of Materials Engineering is a 48-unit program comprising 15 units of core courses, and either:

  • 21 units of elective courses and a project to the value of 12 units (students have the option to select either a Research Project or Industry-based Project); or
  • 15 units of elective courses and a research project to the value of 18 units (Extended Research Pathway).

Academic Program Rules

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Master of Materials Engineering

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:


Standard Research or Industry Project Pathway
Students must choose 7 courses (21 units) from the following:


Extended Research Project Pathway
Students must choose 5 courses (15 units) from the following:

Research Pathway
Students must complete all of the following:

Industry Pathway
Students must complete all of the following:

Extended Research Pathway
Students must complete all of the following:

  • CHEM ENG 7121A Materials Engineering Extended Research Project Part A
  • CHEM ENG 7121B Materials Engineering Extended Research Project Part B


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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022