Join the next generation of Materials Engineers

Discover our new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Materials Science & Engineering) – a contemporary degree with a focus on sustainability and societal impact.

Students learning in the Science facilities at the UNSW Kensington campus
in Australia for Materials Science

Academic Ranking of World Universities by subject 2023

most Employable Students in 2023

Our graduates work at CSIRO, ANSTO and Cochlear

70 years
of the School of Materials Science and Engineering

Founded in 1952

Materials science is essential for the future of innovation and technology. We know that the core of innovation starts with the sharing of knowledge. The foundation of research rests upon our passion to teach upcoming, bright materials science and engineering students to fulfill the needs of society.

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Materials science and engineering

Materials science and engineering is the foundation for creating high-performance materials that benefit society in many ways.

“…Of all the occupations, materials engineers have the largest projected workforce shortage
and will require the profession to increase fivefold to meet demand.”

Australian Infrastructure Workforce and Skills Supply Report


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Research & impact

The School’s research structure is outcome focused, comprising of the following societal themes that deliver significant benefits to society. These themes are supported by an enabling platform for understanding the structure-property-processing-performance nexus of materials.

Transport & infrastructure

Primarily structural materials used expressly for creating the means of transportation, to large-scale structures and infrastructure that dominate our daily lives. These include land, sea and aerospace vehicles to buildings, superstructures, machines and any other fixed or moving infrastructure.

Biomedical & health

Structural materials exhibiting specific functionality to largely functional materials that are designed to interact with biological systems for therapeutic and diagnostic medical purposes. These materials are used in dental devices, orthopedic implants, artificial organs, implantable devices, artificial skin and drug delivery.

Energy & environment

Materials that play a critical role in the production, storage and conversion of energy, through to eco-materials, created by sustainable processes. The materials have an overall positive impact on the environment. These are integral materials in next-generation fuel cells, solar devices, gas-power generators and recycled products.

Electronics & communications

Primarily functional materials with structural requirements used in electrical, electronics and microelectronic applications. These include components and devices that comprise integrated circuits, circuit boards and visual displays, to cables, wires and optical fibres for transferring power and information.

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