Materials engineering - XS0006

Materials engineering

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Your qualification will be a Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Honours)

A truly interdisciplinary field, materials engineering brings together physics, mathematics, biology and chemistry, culminating in a ground-breaking research field and a thriving job market.

Materials engineering is all about making things stronger, lighter and more functional, yet sustainable and cost effective. Whether it's a lighter and stronger jet engine, a biodegradable tissue scaffold to grow organs from stem cells or new types of solar cells and batteries, materials are crucial to all aspects of engineering.

As a materials engineer, you have the opportunity to play a significant role in almost every industry imaginable.

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, manufacturing, processing and recycling, materials engineers become:

  • metallurgists
  • plastics engineers
  • ceramists
  • adhesive scientists
  • process and quality-control engineers
  • corrosion or fracture engineers

As a materials engineer, your expertise will be sought after in:

  • the emerging fields of nanotechnology, biomedical materials, electronic materials recycling and energy generation
  • the development of lightweight metal alloys
  • the use of materials for energy storage such as batteries and fuel cells
  • functional materials made at the nanoscale, including the wonder-material 'graphene'
  • traditional industries such as metallurgy and mining
  • failure analysis

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Refer to the courses below for specific details on locations offered, duration, and entry requirements.


This specialisation is offered in the following courses. Entry requirements may differ depending on the course you choose, so click through to see the full details.

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

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

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