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Program Code40203

Program handbook


The University of Newcastle’s Master of Materials Science and Engineering program provides students the opportunity to broaden and/or deepen their Materials Engineering technical competency in one of several specialised areas including materials synthesis, materials characterisation techniques, material applications in specific environments, as well as applications of Materials Science in energy, electronics, environment, life science and biology. Students are exposed to capstone level courses in advanced materials and engineering and complete a master’s level research thesis.

This program produces graduates with the knowledge, technical and professional attributes to provide innovative materials science solutions to society’s needs both now and into the future.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Adaptively drawn upon and managed resources, methods, expert practices and technologies required to take a material science project from conception to completion.
  • Demonstrated capacity to apply contemporary materials science techniques, tools and resources towards solving a broad range of complex problems with the highest ethical standards responsibly and honestly.
  • Communicated complex technical and scientific information effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to various audiences.
  • Demonstrated the epistemic fluency required to work concurrently across different task environments, to collaborate effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Used digital technologies, data and software infrastructures to harness collective knowledge within local and global professional networks to generate and critically evaluate new applications for material science.


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Program code40203
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 2 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100265

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Admission information

Admission requirements

  • Applicants with a Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7) in a related Science and/or Engineering discipline area will be assessed by the Faculty.
  • If admitted into the program, applicants completing the General Pathway may be eligible for up to 40 units of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) reducing the program to 120 units.
  • Applicants completing the Research Specialisation will not be eligible for the 40 units of RPL and must complete the 160 unit program.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor Honours Degree/Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8), Master Degree (AQF Level 9) in a related Science and/or Engineering discipline area will be assessed by the Faculty on a case-by-case basis. Exact RPL can only be determined on application.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Master of Materials Science and Engineering program requires the completion of 160 units, which is comprised of two pathway options: 

  • The General Pathway: 80 units of core courses, 40 units of compulsory courses and 40 units of electives. 
  • The Research Specialisation: 80 units of core courses and 80 units of compulsory courses. 

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ENGG3500Managing Engineering Projects
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (BCA Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6500Engineering Complexity
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATS6001Fundamentals of Materials Synthesis and Processing
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATS6002Materials Characterisation Techniques
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATS6003Industry Seminar
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATS6004Multifunctional Advanced Nanomaterials
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATS6005Applications of Nanomaterials: Energy and Environmental
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATS6006Biomedical Applications of Nanomaterials
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units

General Pathway

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of the General Pathway.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATS6700AMaterials Research A
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
MATS6700BMaterials Research B
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units

Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Research Specialisation

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of the Research Specialisation.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATS6800AAdvanced Materials Research A
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
40 units
MATS6800BAdvanced Materials Research B
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
40 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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