UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Material Science) puts you at the forefront of innovation. You’ll learn about developing high-performance materials that are lighter, greener and stronger – for use in every aspect of technology. You’ll also develop the theoretical and practical skills to improve materials for Aerospace, Automotive, Biomedical and Information Technology-based industries.  

The four-year degree builds a foundation in mathematics, chemistry and physics, before moving into the fundamental properties and structures of materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.  

Students will investigate aspects of engineering design, the application and selection of materials before concentrating on a research project to sharpen experimental and analytical skills. Specialisations include ceramic engineering, process metallurgy, physical metallurgy and materials engineering. 

Gain Practical Training & Accreditation 

The multidisciplinary degree employs a combination of lectures, practical hands-on laboratory work and research and design projects. It also incorporates components of professional communication, management aspects of business and industrial training.  

Students graduate with a degree accredited by the Institute of Engineers Australia. 

Benefit From Our Industry Connections 

UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering is ranked as Australia’s #1 materials school.  

We have a number of partnerships and collaborations with leading industry names such as Boral, CSIRO, Hitachi Chemical Limited, OneSteel and Weir Minerals.  


You can choose from the following majors to specialise within a specific subject area: 

Your Career 

Our graduates are equipped to work locally and around the world in emerging fields of nanotechnology, biomedical materials and electronic materials.  

Specific occupations have included: 

  • patent specialists 
  • forensic scientists 
  • metallurgists 
  • formulation chemists 
  • product developers. 

What Our Students Say 

“I was drawn to the interdisciplinary possibilities of Materials Science and Engineering. Bridging science and engineering, the subject matter had a good coverage of both the theory of why and how materials have the properties they do, and practical applications in industry.”  

Holstein Wong – Graduate, UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Material Science) 

Find Out More 

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder