The UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is recognised as one of the leading MSE Schools in Australia, offering a broad-ranging choice of degrees to excel your career in science and engineering. 

How to structure your degree 

Materials Science and Engineering (Honours) is offered as either a standalone degree or as a part of one of three double degrees: 

Single Degree Structure  

As a single degree, you'll take 30 courses (192UOC) over four years, if studying full-time. This includes the following components: 

  • core courses 
  • a Materials Science and Engineering Specialisation 
  • professional Electives 
  • general Education 
  • a final-year honours project 
  • 12 weeks of industrial training. 

Double Degree Structure

As a double degree, you'll take 26 - 28 (168UOC) from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering simultaneously with courses from your chosen ‘other’ degree.   

Choosing your courses 

There are lots of compulsory courses in the Materials Science and Engineering program:

  • Follow the degree structure outlined in the Online Handbook closely. Select your degree from the options below to view the relevant page in the UNSW Handbook.
  • Browse for elective courses and General Education by Area of Interest or Subject Area. 
  • Use the Undergraduate Degree Templates to help you map out your degree. 

TIP: When using the Handbook or the Undergraduate Degree Templates, always select the year you commenced studying Science at UNSW. Follow these rules throughout your degree. 

Materials Science and Engineering (Honours)

The field of Materials Science and Engineering offers unlimited possibilities for innovation and development. Attention is being focused on developing and processing metals, ceramics, polymers and composites with improved properties. Explore how the Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering (Honours) equips our students with the education.
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Materials Science and Engineering (Honours)/Engineering Science

This double degree gives students the chance to develop their skills and knowledge in two areas - a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering degree plus an additional area leading to a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering.
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Materials Science and Engineering (Honours)/Commerce

UNSW Science and the UNSW Business School offer a double degree program which qualifies students for two degrees after five and a half years of successful study: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce.
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Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering/Master of Biomed

This double degree program is specifically designed for undergraduate students pursuing a career in either Engineering or Biomedical Engineering. It is integrated to provide fundamental engineering skills with an undergraduate focus on Materials Science and Engineering and specialist postgraduate level training in Biomedical Engineering.
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Enrolling in your flexible first-year

Our flexible Advanced Science degree allows you to declare or change your major in Stage two of study, so you can sample several different courses before making a decision. If you’re enrolling and still unsure of your major, follow these steps:   

1. Look at the list of majors available in your degree; 
2. Eliminate the majors you’re definitely not interested in; 
3. Choose first-year courses common to the majors that interest you. That way, you’ll be keeping your options open.   

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