In first and second year, a broad foundation in materials properties and practical evaluations is laid. Students then specialise, through the election of a major, in their third and fourth year.
Electives include material processing and fabrication methods as well as detailed investigation of electrical, thermal, chemical and physical properties, and the application and failure of materials.
Electives vary with each study plan: physical metallurgy, process metallurgy, ceramics or materials engineering.
Detailed information about what electives are available can be found in our Program Guides.
At the end of stage 2, students studying a Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering are required to select a major from the following four options:
Ceramic Engineering teaches the science and technology involved in the production of ceramic products ranging from traditional ceramics such as bricks, tiles, plates, pottery, glass, refractories, and cement, through to new generation high-tech ceramics such as solid-state electronics, piezoelectrics, magnetic materials, engine parts and superconductors. Ceramic Engineering is concerned with the entire lifecycle of ceramic products from raw materials to the finished product.
Materials Engineering is a broad ranging discipline, which applies the principles of science and engineering to the development of metallic, ceramic and polymeric materials and to their manufacture into goods and their subsequent performance. It is founded on the relationship between structure and properties, an understanding of which permits materials to be engineered to specific end user requirements.
Metallurgical engineering is a discipline concerned with extracting metals from their ores, and the development, production and use of metallic materials. Physical metallurgy involves the shaping, alloying, heat treatment, joining, corrosion protection and testing of metals.
Metallurgical engineering is a discipline concerned with extracting metals from their ores, and the development, production and use of metallic materials. In particular process metallurgy is concerned with extracting metals from their ores to make refined alloys.
Declaration of Major (Academic Plan)
Students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science and Engineering) program must declare their Academic Plan before they commence Stage 3 of their program and may change their specialisation up until the end of Session1 of Stage 3. We recommend advising your academic plan in Session 2 of Stage 2 of your program.
To declare your Academic Plan, you will need to complete and submit the Online Major Declaration Form
by 30 November prior to commencing Stage 3.