Materials engineering

Materials engineering

Strong jobs growth^ for materials engineers is projected over the next 5 years
of graduates secure full-time employment within 4 months of graduating
in the world and #1 in Australia for Materials Science engineering+
Professional recognition - accredited by Engineers Australia

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What do materials engineers do?

Materials engineering is all about making new materials and improving existing ones. It’s about making things stronger, lighter and more functional, sustainable and cost-effective. It underpins much of engineering – if we want to make things, we need to have materials with the right properties.

Whether it’s a next-generation jet engine, a biodegradable tissue scaffold to grow organs from stem cells, or new types of solar cells and batteries, the structure, properties and processing of materials are crucial to the final product.

Materials engineers work with everything from the thermal protection of space shuttles to high-tech artificial hip and cochlear implants, and nanoparticles that seek and destroy cancer. Materials engineering is truly interdisciplinary. It involves physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry, culminating in a groundbreaking research field and a thriving job market.

As a materials engineer, your expertise will be sought after in the emerging fields of additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, biomedical materials, electronic materials, recycling and energy generation, the development of lightweight metal alloys and in traditional industries such asmetallurgy, mining and infrastructure engineering.

Your future career options

Demand for materials engineers continues to outstrip supply, with Monash graduates receiving an exceptional response in the employment market. Working across a range of exciting industries including aerospace, biomedical, mining, future manufacturing, 3D printing and recycling, materials engineers become:

  • biomedical engineers
  • consultants
  • technology managers
  • metallurgists
  • materials designers
  • energy scientists and future renewable energy engineers
  • forensic engineers, aircraft forensics and defence scientists
  • failure analysts
  • materials selection specialists (aero, auto, structural)
  • process engineers
  • corrosion or durability engineers
  • research engineers.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in top companies including Tesla, AECOM, CSIRO, Deloitte, NASA, Department of Defence, Glaxo Smith Kline, KPMG, Dyson, Woodside, BASF, Exxonmobile, GHD, Telstra, BlueScope, Ford and Environment Protection Authority.

Graduate work-ready

Leverage our world-wide industry connections, find your entrepreneurial spirit, discover your leadership and professional style and kick-start your career with an internship. There’s a range of extracurricular programs to prepare you for success and your dream career.

The new Co-operative Education Program provides relevant work experience opportunities through internships with our partner organisations. Undertake a three, six or 12 month paid internship and explore different industry sectors, understand what it is to be a working engineer and connect the experience to your studies in a practical way. You’ll enhance your technical and professional skills, build industry connections and gain skills to give you the edge in a competitive employment market.

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Our Career Connect program gives you access to experienced coaches and industry based professionals. Take part in employability workshops, small group career conversations and, in your final year, one-on-one coaching.

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The Monash Engineering Career Ready Series has been developed to provide all Monash Engineering students with opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom, helping them to stand out from the crowd as they move into the workforce.

The series is structured around a range of professional development events and activities that are focused on finetuning each student’s employability skills.

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The MITI program provides an invaluable experience that’ll equip you for life’s challenges by offering insights into the business world, practical learning, leadership and teamwork opportunities. Students are competitively selected from a range of fields to form multidisciplinary teams. Working as part of a team, you’ll be placed alongside industry experts and given a challenging, well-defined real-world project to deliver, pushing you to use all of your problem-solving, innovation and design skills. This may even be in a company based overseas.

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Creativity and entrepreneurialism are at the centre of engineering design education at Monash. You can access dedicated, collaborative design and build spaces to take an idea to reality. The university’s entrepreneurial initiative, The Generator, provides experiential education, mentors and seed funding to support you and your startup or social enterprise on your entrepreneurial journey.

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Gayasha Geevindie

From the moment I set foot on the Monash University campus, I knew that I belonged here! The people, the culture, the environment just felt so perfect and there are so many opportunities for international students.

There have been so many highlights in my time at Monash. My top three are my Co-op internship, the Engineering Leadership Program and my Final Year Project with CSIRO. I really enjoyed these opportunities - they brought out the best in me. I learnt a lot of practical skills which I will use in my career as well as personal life in the future.”

Gayasha Geevindie
Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce

What you’ll study in your undergraduate degree

You will explore topics such as crystallography, thermodynamics, biological engineering and solid mechanics.

Look at the applications of materials, concentrating on the unique properties of specific material groups (e.g. polymers/plastics, ceramics, metals, metal alloys), as well as surface properties such as corrosion and adhesion.

Undertake specific studies of the use of real materials in engineering. Materials design and professional skills are also a key emphasis in your final year – as is the major practical research project.

Expand your skills with an engineering minor

As a materials engineer the career opportunities are diverse and you may find yourself working in one of many adjacent fields of engineering. Selecting your electives from one of our minor programs will ensure that you have the background knowledge required to make strong contributions in your role from day one.

A minor offers you a depth and breadth of study in the adjacent field which widens your knowledge and enhances your career opportunities – all within your four-year Engineering degree. The engineering minors available in materials engineering specialisation of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) are:

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Course details

Bachelor of Materials engineering (Honours)

4 years full-time / 8 years part-time

Starts: February and July

At Monash you can become a fully qualified and accredited engineer in just four years. Your degree kicks off with a ‘common first year’ that allows you to explore the ten engineering disciplines before specialising from second year.

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Complement your engineering specialisation with a minor and tailor your studies to explore your interests and expand your career opportunities. Choose from:

  • Artificial intelligence in engineering
  • Computational engineering
  • Micro and nano technologies
  • Mining engineering
  • Renewable energy engineering
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Sustainable engineering

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Earn two degrees with only one* extra year of study and broaden your career opportunities. Combining engineering with another degree gives you a distinct set of skills and helps you stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Combine materials engineering with:

  • Arts
  • Biomedical Science
  • Commerce
  • Law (Honours)
  • Science

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Your pathway to success

From your first day to your final lecture, you’ll have everything you need to be prepared for a successful career.

There's a range of extracurricular activities and programs to support you to pursue your passions and get the most from your uni experience. Develop hands-on skills, build friendships and networks, undertake opportunities to think and work globally, plus get a head start on your career through work-based learning.

Graduate study options

Whether you want to gain a professional edge, or are looking to explore your specialisation at an advanced level or pursue research interests, graduate study will take your qualification to the next level.

Master of Engineering

This course will extend your technical knowledge in your chosen specialisation area and advance your leadership and complex problem-solving skills. There are five engineering specialisations to choose from: biological, civil, electrical, materials and mechanical. Giving you the opportunity to explore your specialisation at an advanced level and pursue your career goals.

Designed to foster innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and professional development, you will be well-positioned to lead and deliver sustainable engineering solutions.

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Master of Professional Engineering

This course is for students who have completed undergraduate studies in engineering or in another field such as science, mathematics or pharmacy and are seeking an internationally recognised engineering qualification to practice as a professional engineer. In this masters program, you'll specialise in engineering technical, research and professional units and undertake a design and a research project, blending theory and practice.

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This is pathway program for high-achieving students to be on track to earn, in just five years, both a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and an expert master’s degree in engineering. The Masters Accelerated Pathway program allows you to gain practical and theoretical skills for a career in engineering. There’s a rich selection of specialist electives to choose from, and the course offers strong links to industry and a focus on leadership skills to strengthen your critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills.

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Make an impact and solve real world issues with a PhD or masters by research degree. Be involved in pioneering research that can impact the world, collaborate and be mentored by leading researchers and expand your career options. A graduate research degree opens doors not just in industry and academia but also in roles outside your research area.

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