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 insultive, 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

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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.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $21,750

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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
  • 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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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.

Example Study Plan

All courses are 3 units unless stated otherwise.

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 6 units.

Core Courses

Students must complete the following:

MAT ENG 7101 Materials Characterisation

MAT ENG 7102 Computation for Materials Engineering

To satisfy the requirements for Electives students must complete courses to the value of 6 units.


Students must complete to the value of 6 units from the following:

BIOPRENG 7109 Advanced Engineering of Biomaterials

ENG 7057 Communication & Critical Thinking

MAT ENG 7103 Engineering of 2D Materials

MAT ENG 7105 Materials Engineering for Catalysis

MAT ENG 7106 Materials Engineering for Energy

MATHS 7025 Research Methods and Statistics

PROJMGNT 5021 Project Management Fundamentals

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Last updated: Tuesday, 7 May 2024